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Strategic Planning

Stategic Planning

Strategic Planning sets the stage for the future of your organization. How can your organization continue to provide great value to stakeholders and customers if you are not clear on where you and they are heading and how to get there? The answer is you cannot. This is where strategy becomes essential. Strategic Planning is about setting ambitious and achievable goals, understanding the environment surrounding your organization and developing a sense of direction.

Leading Strategically

Leading Strategically: Having a strategy is not enough


Seminar Target Audience:


Organizational leadership teams whose work has strategic implications and works on defining the strategic plan for their organization.


Seminar Outcomes:


This Leading Strategically Seminar will help leaders:

  •  Manage increasing complexity and tensions arise from change
  • Influence organizational culture
  • Assess conflicting priorities
  • Balance short term actions and long term priorities
  • Work across organizational and cultural boundaries

Seminar Overview:


Senior leaders face the challenge of getting everyone from the executive team to the front lines moving forward in the right direction as one. Getting everyone aligned around the same goals and committed to the big picture in not an easy task. This seminar develops the skills to think, act and influence strategically. We provide leaders with the skills to handle complexity, adapt flexibly and inspire organization culture to be successful at the strategic level.


At the conclusion of the Seminar:


After attending this seminar, participants will acquire the ability to:

  • Align leadership and organizational strategies
  • Think, act and influence strategically
  • Understand the implications of culture on strategic leadership
  • Create direction, alignment and commitment across organizational boundaries


Seminar Outline:


Pre-Work:


A 360 assessment of participant's skills is a key component of this seminar. Our team will facilitate a 360 assessment for each participant canvasing his or her supervisors, peers, and subordinates. Pre-Seminar leadership assessments:

  • Give a detailed picture of individual leadership strengths, behaviors and preferences
  • Identify and clarify development needs
  • Establish a foundation for significant personal and professional growth

Prior to the seminar, participants identify a challenge they have to leading strategically and have an hour session with an executive mentor to discuss and clarify the challenge.



Seminar:


In the Seminar, the participant's focus on:

  • A business simulation to experience the creation, implementation and execution of strategy
  • Experiential activities, practice sessions and deeper learning
  • A personal session with their executive mentor to clarify thinking and plan next steps
  • Peer learning groups to provide feedback, insight, suggestions and support

Post Work:


Post-seminar participants apply and sustain their learning via ongoing support:

  • Two one hour executive mentoring sessions
  • A job aid to help participants utilize the tools introduced in the program
  • Optional, fee based learning and support (extended mentoring engagement, additional training packages) and custom initiatives to connect individual development to organizational needs.



Strategic Planning Facilitation

Strategic Planning Facilitation: Creating the Leadership Edge


Seminar Target Audience: 


Organization teams who work on defining the strategic plan for their organization.


Seminar Outcomes:


This Strategic Planning Facilitation will help organizations:

  • Understand the relevance of strategy at all levels of the organization
  • Develop tools and techniques used in strategic analysis
  • Comprehend the human factors affecting strategic success
  • Value the importance of effective communications at all levels
  • Understand metrics in tracking performance and feeding into the planning cycle

Seminar Overview:


This seminar utilizes a variety of proven highly interactive techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the strategic planning process. The seminar provides a range of recognized strategic analysis tools and techniques, considers the factors that help or hinder effective strategy implementation and recognizes that importance of developing key leadership skills needed in strategic planning.


At the conclusion of the Seminar:


By the end of this seminar, participants  will be able to:


  • Scan the environment internal and external for opportunities and threats
  • Set a clear Vision, Mission, and Values statement for the organization
  • Use strategic planning tools to develop strategic objectives
  • Develop key leadership skill as motivation and interpersonal communication, for effective implementation of strategic plans

Seminar Outline:


Strategy is Everyone's Business


  • Organization's Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals
  • Using scenarios to envision possible futures
  • Assessing and managing risk
  • Factors influencing decision making
  • Aligning individual tasks and behaviors to organizational goals

Strategic Planning

  • Using 7 Factor Analysis to examine external factors
  • How to balance the needs of diverse stakeholders
  • Analyzing the capabilities of your own organization
  • Undertaking valuable S.W.O.T analysis
  • Turning analysis into strategic plans

Overcoming the Challenges of Strategic Implementation

  • Develop staff engagement - hearts and minds
  • Using of varied communication methods to raise strategic awareness
  • Learn to link individual goals and tasks to organizational objectives
  • Use measurement tools to track performance and predict likely outcomes

Developing Strategic Leadership Skills

  • Understanding barriers to change
  • How to motivate staff to deliver high performance
  • Developing your leadership skills and situational leadership
  • Using coaching skills to deliver higher performance
  • Develop your interpersonal communication skills

Ensuring Organizational Procedures Support Strategy

  • Recognize the dynamic tension between change and compliance
  • Recognize elements of organizational culture which help effective strategy deployment
  • Learn to make the performance appraisal an effective tool in delivering high performance
  • How to ensure the strategic planning process delivers effective outcomes
  • Next Steps