Strategic Thinking & Planning

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About the Course

Strategic thinking and planning are now an essential part of a leader’s daily work. In order to maintain their organization’s competitive edge, leaders at all levels of an organization need to evaluate and prioritise work, according to strategic goals. A successful strategic process engages everyone in the ongoing strategy of an organization, rather than leaving it up to individuals.
This course includes a series of participative activities which will help guide the delegates to enhance the long-term success of their organization. By the end of this course, delegates will have acquired the thought processes, framework, and analysis tools needed to engage others in the strategic thinking and planning process. They will be prepared to lead the broader strategic processes required to outperform their competitors, and reshape their organization for a successful long-term future.

Who Should Attend?

Experienced, or up-and-coming leaders within an organization, at any level of management, who want to contribute to the growth and success of their organization, through enhancement of its competitive advantage.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Have the opportunity to clarify your own understanding of strategy and how it can work for you
  • Get a clear assessment of where your organization is in the strategic-tactical balance, and where you want it to be
  • Identify the key strategic issues confronting your organization
  • Practice different strategic analysis tools to help understand your strategic environment
  • Know how to design, plan, and implement effective strategic change projects

Course Duration: 2 days

Course Contents

  • What is ‘strategy planning’?
  • Origins of strategy & tactics
  • Differences between strategic planning & tactical planning
  • Strategic thinking & planning: the helicopter view
  • Assessing your organization’s strategic process
  • The strategic planning process
    • The three stages
      • Strategic planning
      • Strategic analysis
      • Strategic implementation
        •  the strategic planning pyramid
  • Creating a strategic process
  • Strategic teams
  • Strategic timelines
  • Strategic management
  • Strategic vision, mission & values
  • Seven stages of planning & implementing strategy
  • Strategic external & internal analysis
  • The tools & techniques for undertaking external analysis
    • Pestle analysis
    • Competitive advantage / unique selling points
    • The extended boston consulting growth share matrix
    • Porter’s five competitive forces
    • Growth drivers
    • Competitor profiling
    • Breaking industry compromises
  • Scenario planning
    • Scenario development
  • Uncertainty-importance grid
  • The tools & techniques for carrying out internal analysis
    • Swot analysis
    • Balanced scorecard
    • Swot combined with balanced scorecard
  • What is strategic thinking?
  • Principles of creative thinking
  • Creative vs analytical thinking
  • Brainstorming
  • Improving creative thinking
  • ‘Idea spurring’ questions
  • Motivating employees to accept & ‘buy in’ to new strategy
  • Implementing the strategic plan
    • Why organizations fail to implement strategy
    • Tips to execute the strategic plan
  • Monitoring the strategic plan implementation
  • Problem analysis tools to examine implementation
    • Strategic plan reviews

Material given during the training:  [DVD’s and Case Studies will be used during this course to illustrate examples of good and bad change implementation processes].

Before the course

Each delegate will be asked to complete a Pre-Course Assessment Form to determine their current level and objectives for attending the course. The content of such Form will be used by the trainer only to give tailored training that is focused on each group of delegates.

At the end of the course

Each delegate will be asked to complete an Individual Development Plan and Vocational Completion Certificate.

* Discounts available for multiple bookings

 

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