Strategic Thinking and Planning

Strategic Thinking and Planning

Defining Strategy & Direction for the Future


Who Should Attend:

  • Managers
  • Prospective Managers
  • Supervisors & Team Leaders
  • Professionals who guide and implement strategic planning processes

Course Objectives

Want to develop your strategic planning skills? Join our Strategy and Planning certification training program.Corporate leaders need effective strategic thinking and planning skills to reach business goals and improve profitability. HNI offers the best strategic planning training programs in Middle Eastern countries. Here, we offer courses that can develop your strategic planning knowledge and skills and help you become leaders and managers at all levels. Moreover, our strategic planning online course can offer a lifeline to aspiring business managers as they develop great succession planning skills. Applying these succession planning skills will help you define and articulate your organization’s core competencies, vision and mission, and plan your route to success.Taking on strategic challenges might seem frightening to you. However, it has become a mandatory thing in today's world. Today's complex business environment requires every executive or team leader to have effective and strategic thinking and planning skills. Better strategic understanding and planning helps to evaluate future opportunities in a better way. At HNI, our strategic thinking and planning program combines proven-by-practice methods with new insights and ideas that will develop your succession planning skills. You will have a wide perspective of thinking and planning practice through practical sessions, exercises, and case applications. So, why don't you think about joining our strategic planning program and growing your skills?
  • An overview of the difference between mission and vision statements
  • Learn how to develop objectives, goals and action plan for the strategic plan
  • Explore key issues that affect your organisational strategic-tactical balance
  • Master strategic analysis tools to help understand your strategic environment
  • Learn how to design, plan and implement effective strategic change projects
  • Develop skills for evaluating opportunities and threats to your business
  • Learn how to diagnose and manage organisational strengths and weaknesses
  • Master and practice creative thinking techniques to encourage new ideas
  • Understand how to develop new strategies and options for your organisation
  • Recognise the need for change and deal with the discomfort change brings
  • Explore the main components of the strategic planning and control process
  • Learn how to convert a strategic plan to an operating plan.

What will you gain ?

By taking this strategic thinking and planning programme, you will be able to grow your business strategy skills and competencies. Along with that, you will have the ability to do the following: 
  • Distinguish between the vision and the mission statement from a strategic perspective
  • Devise and communicate an inspiring, meaningful vision to all the organisational stakeholders
  • Develop robust strategic thinking skills to assess the macro and micro factors affecting the organisation and the market
  • Formulate and execute strategic plans to meet objectives
  • Align your organisation with your strategic planning goals by integrating strategy, objectives, metrics and performance
  • Manage culture, human resources, skills, processes and structure for strategy execution
  • Become more influential in driving strategic change and effectively manage any resistance to change
  • Assess the changing business environment and identify strategic options for long-term competitive advantage
  • Successfully execute strategy to achieve anticipated results
  • Put the strategic plan into action by creating a powerful communication strategy that can convey your ideas to the team so they are motivated and know what to do
  • Establish performance indicators that suit your organisation and truly measure the success or failure of the strategic plan.

Course Content

  • What is a Vision? What is a Mission?
  • Communicating the Vision and Mission
  • Organisational core values
  • Planning: strategic, tactical and operational
  • Strategic Thinking vs. Strategic Planning and “Helicopter View”
  • The Strategic Planning and Control Process
  • Creativity and Brainstorming
  • Tools and Techniques for internal analysis
    • The SWOT Analysis
    • Balanced Scorecard
  • Tools and techniques for external analysis
    • PEST/PESTLE Analysis
    • Competitive advantage/unique selling points
    • The Extended Boston Consulting Growth Share Matrix
    • Porter's five competitive forces
    • Growth drivers
  • Monitoring The Strategic Plan implementation
  • Elements for strategic success
  • Recognising the need for change
  • Benefits of strategic management
  • Setting strategic objectives
  • SMART(ER) objectives and goals
  • Criteria of effective action plans
  • Linking goals, strategies, action plans and budgets
  • Motivating employees to accept and 'buy in' to new strategy
  • Implementing the strategic plan
  • Communicating the strategic plan
  • Developing control systems and performance measures
  • The Balanced Scorecard.

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