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

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Strategic Thinking (London) 20th March 2019

  • Your trainer
  • Tony Cash

Mercure London Kensington Hotel 1a Lexham Gardens, Kensington, London W8 5JJ

Aims & objectives

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

  • Have an overview of what strategic thinking is and the benefits of it
  • Discussed what is meant by a strategic approach
  • Explored barriers to strategic thinking in your organisation and how to address these barriers
  • Examined examples of strategic work
  • Have had the opportunity to practise strategy tools and techniques
  • Gained 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 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?
  • Definitions of strategic language
  • Strategic Vs Operational thinking 
  • What are the stages and what is involved?

11:15 Coffee Break

11:30 Effective 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?
  • A chance to look at examples from government and the private sector

12:15 Practical Sessions

  • Getting the outcome right
  • Using your own work place to try “Visioning” techniques
  • What is it your organisation wants to achieve?
  • How to achieve this aim

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Tools and Techniques

  • The role of evidence in strategy
  • Forecasting trends
  • Using SWOT and PESTLE
  • Horizon Scanning Delphi
  • Scenarios

14:15 Practical Session

  • Using the PESTLE tool to identify key challenges facing organisations  over the coming decade

14:45 Coffee Break

15:00 Practical Session

  • Group work examining the validity of findings in previous sessions
  • Learning outcome: Discussing the efficacy using certain techniques

15:45 Review of the Day

16:00 Close of Course


Mercure London Kensington Hotel 1a Lexham Gardens, Kensington, London W8 5JJ

1a Lexham Gardens, Kensington, London W8 5JJ

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