This course gives an overview of the essentials of strategic thinking. It covers the core strategic thinking tools that help create a more robust and effective strategy. It addresses the challenges of developing strategy with remote and hybrid teams.
The course is suitable for people at all levels from the public, private and voluntary sectors. It will help anyone who is involved in contributing to or leading the development of strategy who would like an overview of what strategic thinking is and how best to approach it.
This highly interactive course is designed so you can raise your own particular challenges and make progress on developing a strategy that enables you and your organisation to succeed. The course may also help those looking to be able to demonstrate strategic thinking when applying for jobs and for wider career development.
Tony Cash is an expert on policy, strategy and risk management best practice. He is a former civil servant and his roles included Head of Strategy and Communications for the Joint Trade Policy Unit and Deputy Director, Department for Business internal training team. He has trained people in policy making best practice, better regulation, and risk management across the UK and overseas.
09:30 - 09:45
Introductions, Approach and Structure of the Day
09:45 - 11:00
The Strategic Context
What is strategic thinking? Why is it useful?
What happens if we do not think strategically?
Strategic vs operational thinking
What are the stages? What is involved?
11:00 - 11:15
11:15 - 12:00
Good Strategic Thinking
What are the key elements of a good strategy to inform planning?
What are the key questions to ask?
Examples of good strategic thinking?
Overcoming barriers to strategic thinking
Challenges of strategic thinking in remote and hybrid teams
12:00 - 12:45
Vision and Outcomes
The need for clarity on vision and outcomes
Addressing challenges of focus and prioritisation
12:45 - 13:35
13:35 - 14:15
Tools and Techniques
The role of evidence in a strategic context
Drivers for change
Desired futures: forecasting trends and scenario building compared
Creativity and strategy
Using SWOT and PESTLE
Risk and strategy
Other relevant tools
14:15 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:15
Participants will have the opportunity to use the tools and techniques that will be most helpful to build their strategies