Strategic Thinking, Influencing & Implementation

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Overview

This is a 3-day intensive and practical workshop for ambitious executives working in dynamic and challenging environments. It focuses on the very core of a world class MBA: Strategic Management, dealing with it in a way that demystifies the process and giving you the skills the process and the tools to apply this to case studies, your own business, and to issues in your own role. It is delivered by a presenter who has taught similar programmes on over a hundred top Business School three day programmes to  over 1800 senior executives.

There will be extensive Group work and case studies on e.g. Virgin Galactic, innovation in the funerals industry, Metrobank, and Sandals weddings: picked because of their rich learning lessons.

Attend this strategic 3-day course and learn:

  • What is strategy, strategic thinking and the strategy process? Demystifying the key concepts
  • Generating strategic options: Virgin Galactic case study (budget space travel) 
  • The key elements of strategic analysis: current position and competitive pressure
  • Creating innovative strategies in a mature industry: the funerals business
  • “Deep –dive” techniques for testing strategic decisions: with Metro Bank
  • Strategy implementation and change management: Sandals Weddings
  • Strategic influencing and basic stakeholder analysis
  • More advanced stakeholder analysis and influencing strategies
  • Advisory, influencing and strategic facilitation skills: managing the dynamics
  • Applying strategy to issues in your own role
  • Pre- work, action planning and follow up work

How this programme will assist you:

  • Train you in “Helicopter Thinking” and demystify the key ideas of strategy
  • Give you far greater strategic confidence and competence-through following a step-by step process
  • Help prepare you for more senior and challenging roles: becoming a strategic leader
  • Show you how to be a much more creative and imaginary thinker, and to genuinely “think future”
  • Give you a new language and powerful set of tools: for strategic thinking, prioritisation, business planning, and project management
  • Provide the skills to develop and implement strategies and enable you to carry more weight influencing others
  • Help you to manage strategic dilemmas, ambiguities and uncertainties much more easily
  • Give you the skills for putting together an irresistible business case
  • Help you become an effective strategic influencer
  • See and be able to manage issues in your own role in a strategic way
  • You won’t feel lower down in the evolutionary scale to those with MBA’s, and get a taster of “would I ever want to do one myself?”

 
Pre-work
There will be some important and meaningful pre-work for this course to make the links with your role and to get you thinking strategically.

  • Reading articles written by the course director
  • Diagnosis of your own strategic competences, and also gaps and goals
  • An initial analysis of a “SWOT “(strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats) in your business/a particular issue
  • Internet searches on current developments at Virgin Galactic and Metrobank

Who should attend

 

  • More senior executives who are already in challenging roles but want to develop themselves as more all-round managers who can display real strategic vision
  • Middle position managers who feel that they have become perhaps too operational and tactical in their focus and would welcome the chance to play with being at a more senior level and to experience true “helicopter thinking”
  • Up and coming managers who have plenty of drive and capability but sometimes feel that they need a little more confidence in decision making, influencing, implementing difficult change etc.
  • Managers in planning positions
  • Senior functional managers eg in Finance, HR, Operations, IT, who want to see the “bigger picture “ and the external perspective on business issues
  • Key account managers, accountants and lawyers and consultants seeking to understand their clients at a deeper level
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses

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  • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
  • Track record – we have delivered training solutions for 95% of worlds’ top 100 banks and have trained over 250,000 professionals.
  • Knowledge – our 150 strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
  • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 20,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 180 countries.
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