Innovative thinking is particularly important in the public sector, with the current constraint on budgets and resources, and the need to develop new and robust services for the future. Strategic thinking helps business managers review policy issues, perform long term planning, set goals and determine priorities, and identify potential risks and opportunities.

It is crucial to learn how to generate and apply unique business insights and opportunities intended to create competitive advantage and improve services in the future. This course focuses on the ability to develop effective plans in line with your organisation’s objectives within a specific economic situation.

This Effective Strategic Thinking course allows delegates to evaluate their performance – permitting a deeper understanding of how strategic thinking can improve their work. The course examines a planning process that applies innovation, strategic planning and operational planning to develop business strategies that have greater chance of success.

Throughout this highly interactive day, attendees will have the chance to hone their strategic thinking skills in a collaborative and open training environment. Strategic thinking is regarded as a benefit in highly competitive and fast-changing business landscapes.

The course will support identifying and developing a strategic foresight capacity for an organisation, by exploring all possible organisational futures and challenging conventional thinking to foster decision making. Participants will learn how to implement their organisation’s objectives, by developing clear strategies to help them succeed.

About the Chair: David Elverson
David is a change management and commercial expert, with a passion for helping to create more effective services. He works with a wide range of organisations and their staff on developing their commercial awareness, bringing about culture change and developing and implementing effective strategies.

He has worked extensively across the public and private sectors, working with over 50 local authorities, many NHS Trusts, Central Government departments and Science Councils in the last three years.

09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 11:15

Key Principles of a Strategic Thinker

  • Establish the key attributes of being a strategic thinker: anticipate, challenge, interpret, align, decide and learn
  • Become an habitual strategic thinker through behavioural change
  • Develop and appreciate the relationship between policy and strategy
  • Identify three levels of strategic thinking needed to turn thinking into reality: visionary, innovative and pragmatic
  • Work in groups to discuss with peers how you can become a strategic thinker
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 13:00

The Strategic Environment

  • In groups, you will ascertain the context and environment that you work in
  • Assess what is needed to ensure your strategy will be a success, by assessing the critical success factor
  • Identify the resources and capabilities you currently have and need to achieve your vision
  • Evaluate your capabilities and resources against changes to the business environment you operate in
13.00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15.00

Strategy: Stakeholders, Communication and Culture

  • Identify your key stakeholders within your organisation, to help your strategy to be a success
  • Influence your stakeholders to take ownership over the strategy
  • Develop the culture of your organisation to deliver the strategy by using the Cultural Web Model
  • In groups, you will work on practical exercises to help you to engage key stakeholders
15:00 - 15:15

Afternoon Break

15:15 - 16:00

Strategic Action

  • Effectuate change by developing your strategic leadership skills, with the trainer and other delegates
  • Identify a process for strategy development in your organisation
  • Ensure that your team are fully organized to implement the strategy
  • Create an action plan to take back to your organisation to successfully implement your strategy
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

Judy Oliver

Training Consultant

Judy specialises in leadership development, strategic thinking, transition planning and facilitation of multi-agency and multi-professional partnerships and teams and community…

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A: Yes, a two-course hot buffet is served at lunch. Tea and coffee are served throughout the day.

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