Aim & Objectives
Strategic thinking is about the thinking and planning that enables you and your organisation to proactively shape the future.
This course gives an overview of the essentials of strategic thinking. The event addresses what strategic thinking is and how it relates to operational thinking. It shows how you can establish a clear vision of future success. It then shows you how to plan and focus the efforts of your organisation (or your team) so that you overcome the obstacles to implementing your vision and achieve your goals. It covers the core strategic thinking tools that help create a more effective strategy.
The event is very interactive and designed so you can raise your own particular challenges and make progress on developing a strategy that enables you and your organisation to succeed.
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
You will have
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 Effective Strategic Thinking
12:15 Practical Sessions
13:45 Tools and Techniques
14:15 Practical Session
14:45 Coffee Break
15:00 Practical Session
15:45 Review of the Day
16:00 Close of Course