Management, strategy, project management, business, people skills, communication, public policy

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Strategic Thinking (Birmingham) 27th February 2019

  • Your trainer
  • Tony Cash

Central Birmingham

Aims & objectives

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

  • Discuss what is meant by a strategic approach
  • Explore barriers to strategic thinking in your organisation and how to address these barriers
  • Examine examples of strategic work
  • Have had the opportunity to practise strategy tools and techniques
  • Gain the confidence to contribute to strategic planning in your organisation

Course Overview

  • The Strategic Context (what strategic thinking is and why it is useful)
  • Good Strategic Thinking (and how it differs from ‘bad strategy’)
  • Vision and Outcomes (developing a genuinely useful vision and focusing on the outcomes that matter
  • Key Strategy Tools and Techniques (Using drivers of change, scenario planning, SWOT and PESTLE analysis, stakeholder mapping and other tools
  • Strategy Exercise (opportunity to use whichever tool will be most useful for you.)


Tony Cash

Training Consultant

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

  • What is strategic thinking and why is it useful?
  • What happens if we do not think strategically?
  • Definitions of strategic language
  • Strategic Vs Operational thinking
  • What are the stages and what is involved?

11:15 Coffee Break

11:30 Good Strategic Thinking

  • Model of strategic work
  • What are the key elements of a good strategy to inform planning?
  • Six tools for strategy work
  • What are the key questions to ask?
  • Examples of good strategic thinking?
  • Discussion: overcoming barriers to strategic thinking

12:15 Vision and Outcomes

  • Getting the outcome right
  • Using “Visioning” techniques
  • What is it you really want to achieve?
  • Addressing challenges of focus and prioritisation

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Tools and Techniques

  • The role of evidence in strategy in strategic context
  • Drivers for change
  • Using SWOT and PESTLE
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Other relevant tools

14:45 Coffee Break

15:00 Practical Session

  • Opportunity to use the tools and techniques that will be most helpful for you

15:45 The Way Forward

  • Discussion of findings from previous session
  • Aligning day to day work with strategy

16.15 Review of the Day and Questions

16:30 Close of Course


Central Birmingham