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A Guide to Strategic Thinking:Principles, Teachings and Tools

19th of September 2017

Chartered Management Institute logo This course forms part of a CMI Certificate in Leadership and Management

An examination of the best tools and techniques available to develop strategic thinking skills, and apply them in a policy context

Learning Objectives

  • What is Strategic Thinking and how can it help your organisation
  • Learn how to deploy a range of techniques and tools for effective strategic thinking
  • learn to shape and set long-term vision and direction
  • develop the ability to think about policy in the longer term
  • develop problem solving and analytical thinking skills
  • learn how to develop and encourage creative and innovative thinking
  • understand the wider context and institutional constraints
  • understand the significance of employee stakeholder engagement

Programme

09:15
Registration
09:45
Welcome and Introduction to the Day
10:00
Principles of Strategic thinking
  • purpose, values, behaviour standards leading to strategy choice
  • Understanding of vision, mission, value and behaviours
  • Their correlation in supporting strategy
  • This will include an exercise specific to mission statements
11:00
Coffee
11:15
The difficulties in the public sector in achieving strategy cohesiveness
  • Strategy conflict
  • Understanding who owns strategy in the Public sector
  • Difference between policy and strategy
  • Cross departmental working
  • This will include group work
12:00
Building competencies
  • What is the current internal competency
  • Identifying competencies
  • How we build competency
  • Current behaviours that conflict with strategy
  • How you manage change
  • Understanding SMART behavioural objectives
  • Individual and group work
12:45
Lunch
13:45
Strategy creation and planning
  • Brainstorming
  • Mind mapping
  • Swot
  • Step/steepve/steeple
  • Internal v’s external factors strategy planning
14:45
Tea
15:00
Internal communication 'winning hearts and minds' of large and varied staff
  • Potential impact of strategy
  • Employee engagement
  • Employee communication, what who and how
16:00
Discussion and Questions
Close

Please note that the programme is subject to change without notice

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Comments & Views

“Well organized and sufficiently interactive.”

Joyce Connell, Ministry of Justice

“Really good course to raise awareness of strategy development.”

Mark Richardson, Generic Distribution System