Executive Consultancy Service

The Executive Consultancy Service (ECS) is a management consulting practice. It specializes in strategic planning services and products.

Tom Yardley established ECS in 2003.

However, ECS really grew from a small unit that had functioned as an internal management consultancy at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. In this form, it functioned for ten years prior to it becoming independent. RMIT is one of Australia’s largest universities, and it had a significant range of commercial activities as well as the very large teaching and research programs operating here in Australia and off shore.

ECS has helped senior managers with the top few decisions that their organisations needed to get right in order to prosper.

The work has been with businesses and non-profit organisations.

Consulting to top executives

For more than twenty years, the principal of the ECS has been a management consultant in independent practice. Some typical projects include the introduction to, or improvement of strategic planning in organisations in these areas -

  • Financial services
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Resources
  • Construction
  • E-business
  • Telecommunications
  • Health
  • Education

Information and communications technology (ICT) strategic planning and financing -

  • RMIT IT Strategy
  • initial strategic business planning, funding submissions for Victorian Education and Research Network (VERNet), for universities and CSIRO.

Collaborated with international accounting firm in provision of management development program for managing contractors and consultants.

Currently helping organizations with aspects of marketing, including web marketing, and e-business. 

Identified savings of $2 million, while revenue from vulnerable Asian markets continued to rise above $60 million, in international marketing and client services division of a large multinational organization.

Reviewed and restructured many groups, including multimedia group that had commercially failed, turning around printing, and video production/multimedia businesses, under new contract management arrangements.

Reviewed business development proposals and business cases, and cost structures for many parts of the RMIT University, including mergers, restructures, establishment of research centres, etc.

Prepared materials for training managers in innovation management.

Executive Consultancy Service Consulting Approach

The ECS offers organizational review, management development, and training in management, in particular strategic planning, project management, organizational design, and can facilitate planning processes and develop management tools to help individuals and organizations improve performance.

Frameworks employed include Managerial Cybernetics, Viable System Modeling, and Organization Design using Stratified Systems Theory, Business Process Improvement using Salience-Worth Analysis, Corporate Governance, and Strategic Planning improvement using the approaches of John Argenti.

I am an associate of Argenti Systems Limited UK, developers and providers of The Argenti System of Strategic Planning. I co-authored the nonprofit version of the Argenti System of Strategic Planning.

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