With the current constraint on budgets and resources, an ability to think strategically is particularly important, and can benefit professionals at any level, especially in the public sector.

Attend this course to change your thinking, challenge perceptions and plan actions that will enable change. Hone your skills in a collaborative and open training environment.

This highly interactive course allows you to evaluate your performance, address your weaknesses and gain a deeper understanding of how imaginative thinking can improve your work.

What Previous Delegates Had To Say:

“This was a perfect introduction to strategic thinking and to debunk the myth that only certain individuals can think strategically.” – Acting Head of Division for Operational Resilience, Bank of England

“Fantastic! really enjoyed the interaction an new learning, especially from fellow professionals who all have similar problems in different sectors.” – Business Development Director, The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital

About the Chair: Judy Oliver
This strategic thinking training course will be led by Judy Oliver. She specialises in leadership development, strategic thinking, transition planning and facilitation of multi-agency and multi-professional partnerships and teams and community consultations. Her portfolio of work includes executive coaching and development for directors and people in organisations across all sectors but particularly local government and the NHS. Find out more.
09:15 - 09:45

Coffee and Registration

09:45 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

  • What do you want to achieve today?
10:00 - 11:00

What Exactly is Strategic Thinking?

  • What myths exist about ‘strategic thinking’? What is true?
  • What good examples of strategy have you seen and what made them good?
  • What is your strategic issue?
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:30

The Benefits of Strategic Analysis

  • External environment v. internal capability?
  • What external factors could help or hinder?
  • What possible scenarios do you need to be prepared for?
12:30 - 13:15

Lunch

13:15 - 15:00

Using Strategic Analysis in Your Organisation

  • What is your vision of success?
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • How strong do those relationships need to be and how can you strengthen them?
  • Who do you need to influence?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses?
15:00 - 15:15

Afternoon Break

15:15 - 16:00

Effective Strategic Implementation

  • What is the difference between change and transition?
  • What do your priorities need to be?
  • Overcoming your own limiting assumptions
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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Radisson Blu Hotel – Edinburgh

80 High St
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh
EH1 1TH

0131 557 9797

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Q: Can I make a provisional booking?

A: Unfortunately, we do not accept provisional bookings. Registrations are subject to our terms and conditions. View terms and conditions here

Q: Can I book without a purchase order number?

A: Yes. Simply email [email protected] after you have booked the course, with your Purchase Order Number. Please quote your order number and the course you are booked onto.

Q: Is lunch included?

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

Q: I have special dietary requirements, how can I request this?

A: Special dietary requirements can be catered for, please ensure you include this in the further information box when registering your place. If you have forgotten to add this, you can also send your requirements to [email protected] or call 0800 542 9440. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can ensure your needs are met.

Q: I have just registered for the course, when will I receive the joining instructions?

A: You will receive the joining instructions and reminders, 2 weeks, 1 week and 3 days before the course date. Please check your spam box to see whether the joining instructions were sent there, if not please call 0800 542 9440 so we can have these sent to you immediately.

Q: I can no longer attend the course, can a colleague attend in my place?

A: Substitutions may be made at any time but must be made no later than 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 0800 542 9440 or email [email protected] with the replacement's details.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: Cancellations must be received in writing 30 working days before the date of the event and will be subject to a £195+VAT administration fee. Cancellations received after this time will be subject to the full delegate fee.

Q: Why haven’t I received the speaker’s presentation?

A: Speakers presentations are sent a week after the event date. Please contact a member of the UMG team on 0800 542 9440 or [email protected] if it has been more than a week.

Q: Will there be WI-FI?

A: Yes, all our venues have the latest technology, offer full audio visual support and WI-FI.

Q: Can’t find what you are looking for?

A: Why not contact a member of the UMG team on 0800 542 9440 or email [email protected]