Strategic Thinking, Planning and Implementation

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January 14 to January 18 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Register
February 4 to February 8 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Register
April 1 to April 5 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Register
May 20 to May 24 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Register
August 5 to August 9 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Register
September 2 to September 6 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Register
November 4 to November 8 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Register
December 16 to December 20 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Register

COURSE AIMS

This programme is about getting your team, department or organisation where it needs to go. Starting with the bigger picture and moving onto the practical implementation issues, this course takes you right through the strategic planning process with helpful tools, techniques and ideas at every stage.

To be strategic is to be well prepared ahead of time for different eventualities. Therefore, strategic planning requires a ‘state of mind’ that has space for the future, is versatile enough to perceive different possible scenarios and creative to think out new solutions for possible problems and issues that may arise. At all levels, strategic thinking has become necessary for both short and long term success. The key lies not just in individual skills, but also in the ability to engage others in an on-going strategy process.

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THE COURSE?

Employees and professionals who need to adopt a ‘strategic mindset’.

WHAT WILL YOU GAIN FROM THIS COURSE?

  • Learn the fundamentals of strategic thinking and planning
  • Understand why strategic planning is important to organisation’s success
  • Improve creative thinking and come up with strategies
  • Explore the concept of strategic thinking
  • Determine reasons why strategic plans fail and how to avoid it
  • Create more awareness about ideas of a vision for the future
  • Assess the benefits and risks of strategic planning
  • Identify and review organisation’s mission, vision and strategic objectives
  • Understand the difference between Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and Key Result Areas (KRA’s)
  • Determine what causes the disconnection between strategy formulation and strategy implementation
  • Develop skills in setting strategic plans and how to convert them to action plans
  • Learn how to effectively establish and communicate strategy and directions; allocate resources; define departmental, team and individual goals and directions

SAMPLE COURSE CONTENT

Below is an example of the course content. The content can be ‘tailored’ to meet the exact requirements of the client.

Defining Strategy
  • What is a Strategy?
  • What is Strategic Thinking?
  • Skills for Strategic Thinkers
Strategic Planning Basics
  • 7 Principles of Strategic Thinking
  • The Helicopter View
  • Elements of Strategic Plans
  • Why Strategies Fail?
  • External Reporting and Compliance
  • Insight, Forecasting and Foresight
Setting Strategic Goals and Objectives
  • Distinction Between Strategy and Objectives
  • Establishing Success Criteria
  • Writing SMART Goals
  • Visual Thinking
  • Developing Vision and Mission Statements
Identifying Strategic Direction
  • Creating a Strategy-Focused Organisation
  • Learning and Performance Improvement
  • Your Organisation’s Key Strategic Issues
  • Review Findings’ Impact on Your Organisation
  • Relationship Between Organisation Strategy and Brand Identity
Applied Strategic Planning
  • What is Applied Strategic Planning?
  • What is Applied Strategic Planning?
  • What is Applied Strategic Planning?
  • What is Applied Strategic Planning?
  • Where to Start with the Plan?
  • Conducting a Gap Analysis
  • Integrating Action Plans
  • Contingency Planning
  • PESTLE Analysis
  • Competitor Analysis
  • SWOT and Capability Analysis
  • Competitive Advantage
Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)
  • Employee Goals and KPIs
  • Designing KPIs
  • Characteristics of KPIs
  • Requirements of KPIs
  • Problems with KPIs
Key Result Areas (KRA’s)
  • What are KRAs?
  • Why do We Need Them?
  • Conditions of KRAs
  • Contribution Zone
  • Balance Scorecard (BSC)
Implementing and Monitoring
  • Key Factors Involved in Implementing Strategy
  • Implementation Issues
  • Using Action Planning Tools
  • Communicating Your Strategic Plan
  • Gaining Trust and Buy In from Stakeholders
  • Controlling and Monitoring People
  • Identifying Success Indicators, and How to Measure Them
  • Emergent Approaches to Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Control Systems and Performance Measures
  • Effective Monitoring and Evaluation

 

METHODOLOGY OF TRAINING

The foundation of our training is anchored in activity-based experiential learning. This methodology takes into consideration different learning and communication styles, and more importantly language and cultural differences. It is through active participation that the adoption and application of theory is expedited.

Our training team pays careful attention to planning and designing effective instructional methods essential for the transfer of knowledge. It is the creative skill of our management trainers and consultants that reveal untapped skills of the delegates through:

    • Group discussion
    • Individual and syndicate activities
    • Individual and group tasks
    • Case studies
    • Role plays
    • Audio and video evaluation
    • Action planning
    • Experiential learning games
    • Presentations

 

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