Strategic Thinking And Planning - Applied

  • Overview
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
Strategic Thinking And Planning - Applied

Training Workshop – Module Overview

Innesskirk’s innovative “Strategic Thinking and Planning – Applied” provides managers with an excellent overview to make strategic thinking part of their management traits to guide the company and its people to better performance, as well as a common vision and mission. Building strategy into a standard practice ensures that all departments and members understand and collaboratively strive toward the long-term objective.

This workshop focuses on applying the principals; combining both the overall vision and methods to effectively implement the strategy through measurable departmental targets, standards and processes to prevent a lack of connection between the corporate strategy and its effective implementation.

Tutorial sessions, case studies, practical exercises, presentations and syndicate work make this a proactive, hands-on course.

Workshop Objectives - Delegates Will Be Able To…

  • Understand the value of Vision and Mission
  • Incorporate strategic thinking as part of the business processes
  • Implement a departmental strategy based on overall company strategy and value chain analysis
  • Create strategic alignment by all departments and members of the organization
  • Appreciate common strategic analysis methods and thinking frameworks

Post Workshop - iIMPACT™ Program

iIMPACT™ Project – Delegates identify a work-related project during the last hour of the training that will be used as a measurable indicator of successful application and implementation of the training content.

iIMPACT™ Coaching – The delegates participate in custom-designed coaching sessions to facilitate the completion of their iIMPACT™ Project.   Delegates document the project’s life cycle and all related issues in the provided coaching booklet.

Course Outline : 

Workshop Agenda – Day One


Introduction And Course Objectives
Agenda begins with the introduction of course, material, methodology and pedagogy. Instructor coordinates introduction of delegates through icebreaker activity.

Introduction To Strategy, Strategic Thinking
Review of the formal assessment responses with delegates, along with corrective actions that need to be addressed based on questionnaire exceptions.

Vision And Mission Statement
Delegates explore company strategic process and their role in the process. Discussions will include common pitfalls of company strategy initiatives; a review of examples; and essential elements required in any strategic project. Dialogue includes techniques to achieve strategic alignment and the significance of shared vision.

Strategic Thinking – Strategic Analysis Methods I
This segment encompasses company SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.) Teams will work together and provide feedback relating company SWOT to their departments; and to build competitive advantage.


Strategic Thinking – Strategic Analysis Methods II
The second method uses scenario-planning within teams. Focus on scenario planning’s influence on departments or divisions; along with competencies and behaviors required to survive and thrive in the future.

Strategic Thinking – Strategic Analysis Methods III
Delegates discuss McKinsey 7S Model and its practical implications for managers, strategic skills, habits and organizational behavior.

Review – Applying Analysis Methods
Delegates discuss how they would apply the outcomes of the previous strategic thinking methodologies to their own environment. Discussion of best practice methods.

Review the main points of interest of the day, identify possible work-projects, preview day two.


Workshop Agenda – Day Two


Strategic Planning Team Challenge
Day Two begins with a team business strategy simulation involving strategic business decision making, prioritizing and evaluating 18 strategic initiative options. Team performance will be evaluated beside expert solutions.

Evaluation Of Strategic Planning Team Challenge
Delegates will utilize a group communication diagnostic instrument to evaluate strategic management components and individual team members’ management behavior during the challenge. Interactions will include discussions of: feedback and interpretation of diagnostic results; the impact of constructive, aggressive and passive behavior relating to effective management; identifying necessary competencies; and practical suggestions for improvement of strategic implementation process.


Essential Strategy Planning Elements
The essential elements in any strategic project - project planning, change management and sponsorship/leadership. Review the pre-workshop assessment – relate to new insights and suggestions for improvements.

Competitive Advantage And Business Culture
The aim for any strategic project is to become more competitive and ideally create a sustainable competitive advantage. Business Culture is important in the ability to implementing change initiatives – Discussion about how to shape and measure business culture to create a lasting competitive advantage.

Identification Of iIMPACT™ Project
Delegates are assigned to groups and asked to identify a project which will require the use of the new knowledge and information received during the workshop. This will allow the delegates to transfer the new knowledge into skills and effective work habits.

Review the main points of interest for the course, deliver course administration like evaluation, action plan, certificates.

2 Days

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