Trends by Function: Strategy and Internal Consulting Groups

Each year, Business Talent Group releases the High-End Independent Talent Report, looking across industries and business functions to analyze how business leaders deploy top independent talent to fill critical skill, expertise, and leadership gaps. Here are the key strategy and internal consulting group trends for 2021.

2020 showed that businesses must be able to adapt to even the most uncertain conditions with robust strategies focused on long-term growth and resilience. Independent talent provide strategy and ICG leaders with targeted support on everything from creating strategic plans and implementation roadmaps to harnessing data and identifying the most promising opportunities. 

PROJECT CATEGORIES: Strategy and ICGs

70% Strategy
13% Operations
11% Transformation
5% Organization
1% Interim Executive

 

MOST IN-DEMAND PROJECTS

Planning

Opportunity Assessment

Business Intelligence and Analytics

Product Strategy and Launch

Marketing and Sales

Growth Strategy

IT and Tech Transformation

Business Processes

Digital Strategy

Business Transformation

MOST IN-DEMAND SKILLS

Market Landscape and Research

Project Management

Corporate and Business Unit Strategy

Process Optimization and Transformation

Strategic Planning

Advanced Analytics

Growth Strategy

Forecasting

IT Systems Strategy

Change Management

SAMPLE STRATEGY AND ICG PROJECTS

  • Facilitate agile development of strategic plans and implementation roadmaps for various business units in alignment with the organization’s three-year plan
  • Study the commercial potential of expanded use cases for an existing product and develop a replicable framework for other products
  • Forecast trends, COVID impacts, and potential 2021 scenarios for pipeline and inline products
  • Provide subject matter expertise, develop work plans, and help manage the pilot program launch of a new product
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