All executives are different and have different preferences. Given that, the decision support resource must often learn what resonates with and what doesn’t for the C-Suite by trial and error. Some executives are very detailed while others are not. There are a few common themes however that we have seen throughout our experience. Typically, your deliverable should be short and to the point. Refer to appendices for any heavy supporting data. Multi-dimensional graphics and charts work well and always present solutions, impact statements and next steps with your top level 1-2 pager. They need answers and quickly. If you catch their attention, they will ask for the detail. Our guidebooks are built with this in mind.