Aim & Objectives
IIt is well documented that strategic thinkers are found to be among the most highly effective leaders. They take a broad long-range approach to problem solving and decision making by thinking ahead using objective analysis and planning. This requires being able to think systematically and across multiple time frames.
Strategic thinking focuses on the long-term rather than just the short-term. Both analytic and creative, a great leader will take a constructively critical approach to current practices within the business and is willing to embrace change.
The event provides the opportunity to put into practice the tools and techniques learnt over the course of the day. This course will provide attendees with the confidence to think strategically and lead effectively. Delegates will be given the tools and techniques to set out a compelling vision for the future, make the choices about how to get there, and to engage those who need to be involved in achieving the strategic goals.Who should attend?
The course is suitable for people at all levels from the public, private and voluntary sectors. It will help anyone who is involved in contributing to or leading the development of strategy who would like an overview of what strategic thinking is and how best to approach it. The event helps with all kinds of strategic challenges ranging from achieving business success in a competitive marketplace through to delivering government services successfully. The event may also help those looking to be able to demonstrate strategic thinking when applying for jobs and for wider career development.
Benefits of attending the course
By attending, You will
Tony is an expert on management, policy, regulation and strategy issues and has used this expertise working as a training consultant since he left the UK Civil Service in 2010. His government leadership roles included Head of Strategy and Communications for the Joint Trade Policy Unit (a combined Department for International Development / Department for Business team) and Deputy Director of the internal training team at the Department for Business.
Since Tony became a freelance training consultant he has trained people in policy making best practice and better regulation across the UK and overseas (including Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Dubai, Guernsey, Ireland, Kenya, Malta and South Africa). His in-depth training has enabled many organisations to improve their policies and strategies. Tony also facilitates training on leadership and management e.g. he delivers training on coaching skills for managers in the UK and has provided it for people in Dubai. Other subjects that Tony covers include confidence and impact, economics, feedback skills, handling difficult people, speechwriting, strategic management, time management and unlocking potential. Tony has a Masters degree in organisation development and holds qualifications in coaching (Certificate in Executive Coaching), training (CIPD Certificate in Training Practice), project management (PRINCE 2 Foundation and Practitioner) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Introductions, Approach and Structure of the Day
09:45 The Strategic Context
11:15 Coffee Break
11:30 Good Strategic Thinking
12:15 Vision and Outcomes
13:45 Tools and Techniques
14:45 Coffee Break
15:00 Practical Session
15:45 The Way Forward
16.15 Review of the Day and Questions
16:30 Close of Course