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Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is a comprehensive and systematic methodology and tool designed to help agencies assess the current state and to nimbly respond appropriately to changes.

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With a focus on a transparent future state, our Strategic Planning course seeks to increase effectiveness and develop understanding and consensus on strategies and objectives for achieving short and long-term goals .


Create clearly-defined mission and vision statements, organizational values, environmental analysis framework, and end outcome goals and with strategies to meet organizational objectives

Align your program mission and performance measures for greater results and the ability to prioritize and resource effectively.

Identify  the strategic elements and key lessons learned for building results-oriented programs

Conduct  an organizational readiness assessment to target barriers to change

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Connect Strategic Planning and Organizational Results

  • Discover why traditional strategic planning processes often fall short of delivering results
  • Identify the characteristics and requirements of successful strategic plans, planning processes, and implementation
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Identify the Strategic Elements of Results-Oriented Agencies

Design and Evaluate Strategic Framework for enhanced Goal Achievement

Use a variety of environmental analysis techniques to analyze internal and external factors

Solicit stakeholder input for your strategic planning process

Identify all parties impacted by adopting new strategies and define a way to engage stakeholders

Develop Results-Oriented Outcomes to Understand Your Program’s Mission

Identify long-term goals

Align goals to mission and customer values

Measure the importance and relative impact of agency outcomes

Design Outcome-Focused Strategies

Develop results-oriented strategies and objectives to achieve outcomes

Identify effective, efficient strategies aligned to achieve outcomes

Create intermediate outcomes for tracking near-term progress.

Align Program Activities and Resources

Evaluate program activities based on strategic objectives

Allocate resources based on outcome goals

Eliminate barriers that must be overcome to achieve outcome goals

Implement and Manage Strategic Plans

Conduct an organizational readiness assessment to target barriers to change

Define a role for and appoint an external performance advisory panel

Appoint initiative owners to keep strategic initiatives on track

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This course will help you build a fundamental knowledge of strategic planning and goal setting, teaching you how to integrate both into the functioning of your department or organization. Ultimately, this course will improve how you collaborate with other leaders to engender an environment that creates purpose and meaning for all employees. In addition to learning the strategic planning process, you will have an opportunity to create a plan of action to immediately implement in your organization.

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Fundamentals of strategic planning, classroom sessions:, introduction.

This GLOMACS Fundamentals of Strategic Planning training course has been designed to cover all the fundamentals needed for effective strategic planning. It is intended for those wanting to develop their strategic awareness and prepare them for career enhancement, as well as those wanting to refresh their strategic planning skills.

This GLOMACS Fundamentals of Strategic Planning training course provides a range of recognised strategic analysis tools and techniques, considers the factors which help or hinder effective strategy implementation and recognises the importance of developing key leadership skills needed in strategic planning.

This GLOMACS Fundamentals of Strategic Planning training course will feature:

  • The relevance of strategy to all employees in organisations
  • Tools and techniques used in strategic analysis
  • Human factors affecting the success (or otherwise) of strategy implementation
  • Importance of effective communications at individual and organisational levels
  • The use of measurement to track performance and feed into the planning cycle
  • Development of strategic leadership skills

By the end of this GLOMACS training course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of clear Vision, Mission and Values statements
  • Be able to develop objectives for individuals and teams/departments feeding into corporate goals
  • Be able to use strategic planning tools to develop strategic options
  • Make use of key organisational procedures to enhance individual and organisational performance and deliver strategic objectives
  • Develop key leadership skills such as motivation and interpersonal communications, for effective implementation of strategic plans

Training Methodology

This GLOMACS Fundamentals of Strategic Planning training course will utilise a variety of proven highly interactive adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the information presented. This includes facilitated group and individual exercises, case studies, role-play, and videos. The instructor will also facilitate learning by encouraging the delegates to test and critically appraise any theories and concepts on the training course.


This GLOMACS training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals from private, public and non-profit sectors:

  • Members of Management Team
  • Team Leaders
  • Line Managers
  • Project Professionals

Strategy is Everyone’s Business

  • Organisation’s Vision, Mission, Values and Goals
  • Using Scenarios to Envisage Possible Futures
  • Assessing and Managing Risk
  • Factors Influencing Decision-making
  • Aligning Individual Tasks and Behaviours to Organisational Goals

Strategic Planning

  • Using PESTLE to Analyse External Factors
  • How to balance the needs of diverse stakeholders?
  • Analysing the Capabilities of your Own Organisation
  • Undertaking Valuable SWOT Analyses
  • Turning Analysis into Strategic Plans

Overcoming the Challenges of Strategy Implementation

  • Develop Staff Engagement – hearts and minds
  • Make Use of Varied Communication Methods to Raise Strategic Awareness
  • Learn to Link Individual Goals and Tasks to Organisational Objectives
  • Use Measurement to Track Performance and Predict likely Outcomes
  • Understand How a Learning Organisation Links Detailed and Messy Implementation to Strategy Development

Developing Strategic Leadership Skills

  • Understanding Barriers to Change
  • How to motivate staff to deliver high performance?
  • Developing Your Leadership Skills: Situational Leadership
  • Using Coaching Skills to Deliver Higher Performance
  • Develop Your Interpersonal Communication Skills

Ensuring Organisational Procedures Support Strategy

  • Recognise the Dynamic Tension between Change /Innovation vs. Compliance
  • Recognise Elements of Organisational Culture which help Effective Strategy Deployment
  • Learn to Make the Performance Appraisal an Effective Tool in Delivering High Performance
  • How to ensure the strategic planning process delivers effective outcomes?
  • On successful completion of this training course, GLOMACS Certificate will be awarded to the delegates
  • Continuing Professional Education credits (CPE) : In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsor, one CPE credit is granted per 50 minutes of attendance

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Strategic planning course, this is a one day strategic planning training course.

A strategic planning training course that explains the whole process and provides a practical approach to understanding strategy and strategic thinking.

Strategic planning is an essential business management skill: Is a creative and exciting process that takes you beyond the restrictions of current thinking and opens new possibilities for the future. On this course you can learn to create a vision for a business or organisation and translating that into a viable strategic plan.

This strategic planning course takes guides you through a simple strategic planning process from vision to implementing a plan. During the programme you will apply the process to an area in which you wish to think strategically.

We’re happy to offer follow on coaching , or to suggest other training programmes that can help you to or your organisation to develop further after the programme.

It is suitable for all those with strategic planning responsibilities or for those responsible for implementing a strategy handed down from above.

Strategic Planning Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending our strategic planning training course you will:

  • Learn a simple strategic planning model
  • Understand how to apply the model in a organisation
  • Recognise and understand common strategic planning terminology
  • Know how and why to set truly stretching goals
  • Gain the knowledge to do creative problem-solving
  • Learn how to motivate people to deliver the strategy
  • Outline strategic plan using a template that works

  We use the following exercises and frameworks on our Leadership Strategic Planning Training Course:

  • Strategic Objectives
  • Getting SMART
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Making and aligning Strategic Plans
  • A Strategy Model
  • A Compelling Strategic Vision
  • The Mission
  • Supporting Values
  • Measuring Success
  • Fact Finding Frameworks – PESTO, SWOT, etc
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Planning Templates

We can deliver this programme in-house,  a one- or two-day course depending on group , budget and level of detail and exploration. To discuss or book an in-house course please contact us today.

Executive Coaching

Free 45 minute follow up coaching session for all participants

Free 45 minute follow up coaching session for all participants Built into our strategic planning workshops is a 45-minute coaching session that is designed a facility for you to consider applying your newfound knowledge. Working in a confidential and safe environment with one of our trained professional coaches and apply it back to your workplace. The extension of the one, two and five-day programmes. Your leaning comes alive by applying the techniques in the workshops to your specific business requirements.

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By understanding your own and other colleagues preferred behaviours, and how individuals’ function under pressure, as well as identifying other areas of strengths and development, it simplifies the process of selecting individuals and teams for specific roles, initiative’s or projects around your strategy.

We can deliver this programme in-house, a one- or two-day course depending on the size of the

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Your Trainer – Philip Peters: Philips expertise has been gained from working at various management levels through to main board director. A key element of his approach is working in partnership with managers, leaders, and organisations to create a clear line of sight down, up and across organisations, installing (where applicable) measurable and achievable KPIs, therefore ensuring all employees are linked to its overall strategic goals, objectives and culture.

Over the years Philip has gained an in-depth understanding of an extensive and diverse range of market sectors from SMEs through to major corporations in both the private and public arenas, across different cultures and economic environments, including the past 9 years working in partnership with organisations from the Former Soviet Union, in Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Georgia.

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Location –  Our County Hall London venue is as stunning on the inside as it is on the outside.  Situated on London’s Southbank it is in a great location with breathtaking views over The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye.

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Strategic Planning and Execution

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What you'll learn

How to connect strategic analysis to strategy execution using hypothesis testing to unearth key assumptions and assess their validity

Four different approaches to strategy formulation and how governance ties into effective strategy formulation

Use the 4A Model for effective strategy execution to ensure appropriate human and organizational resources are in place

Tips from industry experts for successful strategy development and execution

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Strategy implementation, strategy formulation, business strategy.

  • Business hypothesis testing

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Avoid the pitfalls of strategy planning and execution with the tools and skills from this course. In this course, developed at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and taught by top-ranked faculty, you'll learn the pillars of strategy execution--analysis, formulation, and implementation--and how to use the 4A model to effectively approach strategy execution. Finally, a panel of leaders from entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and industry, share their expertise gleaned from years of successful strategy planning and execution.

Strategy Analysis

This week, you'll connect strategic analysis to strategy execution. You'll walk through a series of questions to frame your analysis and ground your approach using the strategist's toolkit--and you'll learn a new tool, Hypothesis Testing, to unearth key assumptions related to choosing a strategy and assessing the validity of those assumptions. You'll also review data sources and how to "make the data speak" to guide your strategy decisions.

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8 videos 2 readings 1 quiz

8 videos • Total 39 minutes

  • Introduction to Strategic Execution • 4 minutes • Preview module
  • Strategic Analysis • 3 minutes
  • Strategic Analysis: Steps 1-3 • 4 minutes
  • Strategic Analysis: Step 4 • 5 minutes
  • Strategist'sToolkit: Hypothesis Testing • 4 minutes
  • Strategy Research • 8 minutes
  • Strategy Analytics • 7 minutes
  • Module Lessons • 1 minute

2 readings • Total 20 minutes

  • Course Overview & Requirements • 10 minutes
  • Get to Know Your Classmates in Discussion Forums • 10 minutes

1 quiz • Total 40 minutes

  • Strategy Analysis • 40 minutes

This week you'll learn about how strategy gets set and implemented in organizations. You'll discuss factors key to effective strategy formulation--and common challenges and pitfalls of strategy execution. You'll explore four different approaches to strategy formulation and how governance ties into effective strategy formulation.

11 videos 1 quiz 1 discussion prompt

11 videos • Total 70 minutes

  • Pillars of Strategy Execution • 3 minutes • Preview module
  • Strategy in Organizations • 7 minutes
  • Strategy Formulation: The Strategic War Room • 7 minutes
  • Strategy Formulation: Rapid Prototyping • 4 minutes
  • Strategy Formulation: Design Thinking • 6 minutes
  • Strategy Formulation: Business Model Canvas • 7 minutes
  • Corporate Governance • 8 minutes
  • The Human Factor • 9 minutes
  • Common Strategy Execution Mistakes • 7 minutes
  • Key Strategy Execution Questions • 4 minutes
  • Module Lessons • 4 minutes
  • Strategy Formulation • 40 minutes

1 discussion prompt • Total 10 minutes

  • Strategy Formulation • 10 minutes

We welcome Professor Scott Snell to the course this week! He's a global specialist in strategy execution, and he shares his 4A Model for effective strategy execution: alignment, ability, agility, and architecture. This framework will help you ensure the human and organizational resources are in place to effectively execute your strategy.

13 videos 1 quiz 1 discussion prompt

13 videos • Total 88 minutes

  • The Importance of Strategy Execution • 6 minutes • Preview module
  • The 4A Model of Strategy Execution • 7 minutes
  • Introduction to Alignment • 6 minutes
  • Achieving Alignment • 8 minutes
  • Introduction to Ability • 9 minutes
  • Investing in Talent • 9 minutes
  • Introduction to Architecture • 6 minutes
  • How Architecture Drives Performance • 8 minutes
  • Architecture Best Practices • 4 minutes
  • Introduction to Agility • 6 minutes
  • Agility through Organizational Learning • 6 minutes
  • Agility through Unity and Fluidity • 5 minutes
  • Module Lessons • 2 minutes
  • Strategy Implementation • 40 minutes
  • Investing in Talent • 10 minutes

Practical Perspectives

This week we welcome guest speakers from a range of industries, from startups to nonprofits, to share their expertise from years of successful strategy development and execution. They'll communicate their best tips to help you develop your strategist's toolkit. We're also fortunate to be joined by Darden's Dean Scott Beardsley, whose 26 years with McKinsey informs the concrete tips he shares to improve strategy development and execution.

14 videos 1 peer review 1 discussion prompt

14 videos • Total 86 minutes

  • Welcome to Our Guest Speakers • 0 minutes • Preview module
  • Shannon Smith, CEO Abundant Power • 2 minutes
  • Byrne Murphy, DigiPlex • 9 minutes
  • Carolyn Miles, Save the Children • 8 minutes
  • Rick Edmunds, Strategy& PwC • 10 minutes
  • Bob Hugin, Celgene • 7 minutes
  • Rick Paschal, Darden '89 • 5 minutes
  • Sunil Ghatnekar, The Coca-Cola Company • 2 minutes
  • Jerry Peng, Tranlin, Inc. • 10 minutes
  • Dean Scott Beardsley: Background • 2 minutes
  • Dean Scott Beardsley: Perspective • 14 minutes
  • Dean Scott Beardsley: Process • 6 minutes
  • Dean Scott Beardsley: Advice • 4 minutes
  • Conclusion • 0 minutes

1 peer review • Total 180 minutes

  • Strategy Execution Plan • 180 minutes
  • Key Takeaways • 10 minutes

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I must recommend this to those who want to understand the Strategy Planning and its Execution. This course helps them a lot to understand the basic structure of developing a strategy.

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Amazing to see all the sharings from different successful people starting from all those CEOs, chairman, CFO, dean. All great to listen and understand more of real life experiences

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Its a really good course. A few of the lecturers where a tad bit fast though but overall, i'd say its good.

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></center></p><h2>Introduction</h2><ul><li>About the course</li></ul><h2>About the Course</h2><p>Strategic planning is the art of creating specific business strategies, implementing them, and evaluating the results of executing the plan, in regard to an organization’s overall long-term goals or desires. It is a concept that focuses on integrating various departments within an organization to accomplish its strategic goals.</p><p>This training on strategic planning and management course will provide the participants with the concepts and philosophies behind strategic planning, as well as the methods, techniques, and tools required to develop and execute a successful strategic plan.</p><h2>Target Participants</h2><p>Training on strategic planning and management is designed for strategic leaders, directors, managers and any other professionals who plan to develop and execute strategic plans for their organizations.</p><h2>Training Duration</h2><p>Online      7 Days</p><p>Classroom-based    5 Days</p><h2>Course Objectives</h2><p>By the end of this course the participants will be able to:.</p><ul><li>Determine strategic planning problems</li><li>Develop a competitive strategic plan</li><li>Distinguish main analytical and theoretical methods associated with strategic planning</li><li>Bring into line their corporation with their planning goals by incorporating strategy, goals, metrics, and execution</li><li>Determine developing strategic models and produce ideas on how they can be used to their corporation</li><li>Integrate customer demands into their strategic planning</li><li>Distinguish how the activities of customers, competitors, and their own corporate identify the results in their markets</li><li>Identify the best method to efficiently execute their strategic planning</li></ul><h2>Course Outline</h2><p>Introduction to strategic planning and management.</p><ul><li>Strategy definition and features</li><li>Introduction to strategic management</li><li>Introduction to strategic planning</li><li>Strategic plan elements</li><li>Components of a strategy statement</li><li>Importance of strategic planning and management in an organization</li></ul><h2>The Strategic Pillars</h2><ul><li>Differentiate Between Mission and Vision</li><li>Core Values and Their Role in Strategic Planning</li><li>Articulate the Unique Value for Your Unit</li><li>Value of Purpose in Ensuring a High-Performance Organization That Achieves Results</li><li>Mission and Vision Statements</li></ul><h2>Strategic Planning and Management Process</h2><ul><li>Environment Analysis</li><li>Strategy Formulation</li><li>Strategy Implementation</li><li>Strategy Evaluation</li></ul><h2>Analyzing the Environment</h2><ul><li>Macro and micro factors</li><li>Macro and Market Trends</li><li>The importance/performance matrix</li><li>Components of an Internal Assessment</li><li>Concept of Core Competencies</li><li>Importance of Culture in an Internal Assessment</li><li>Internal Assessment Diagnostic</li><li>Tools/Techniques for Conducting External and Internal Assessments</li></ul><h2>Making Strategic Decisions</h2><ul><li>Role of data synthesis, insight, and creativity in strategic planning</li><li>Conducting a SWOT analysis</li><li>Using a SWOT analysis to choose strategic imperatives</li><li>Identifying organization’s integrated components</li><li>Strategic imperatives and performance measures</li></ul><h2>Building a Strategic Plan – Key Elements</h2><ul><li>Internal/external assessment, mission, & principles</li><li>Vision, goals, & objectives</li><li>How to get there? Strategy Map</li><li>Developing strategic initiatives</li><li>Developing an action plan</li><li>Strategic performance measures</li><li>What are the strategic risks?</li></ul><h2>Communicating and Executing the Strategic Action Plan</h2><ul><li>Identifying gaps in executing the strategy</li><li>Building commitment through multiple avenues of communication</li><li>Establish individual and team performance goals linked to the strategic action plan</li><li>Aligning the organization towards the goal</li><li>Linking rewards and recognition to the strategic progress</li></ul><h2>Strategy Review</h2><ul><li>Importance of strategy review</li><li>Conducting strategic review meetings</li><li>Developing a strategic review agenda</li><li>Revising the strategy</li></ul><h2>Three D’s in Strategic Planning</h2><p>Strategic concerns in competitive environment.</p><ul><li>Impact of the affiliations between competitors, and among competitors and customers on the market</li><li>How competitive connections impact the changes in industries</li><li>Principles of data, vision, and innovation</li><li>Conducting a SWOT evaluation</li><li>Strategic issues and strategic creativities</li></ul><h2>Strategic Thinking</h2><ul><li>Context of strategic thinking</li><li>Key aspects of strategic thinking</li><li>Applying strategic thinking tools</li><li>Strategic thinking process</li></ul><h2>Leadership and Strategy</h2><ul><li>What is strategic leadership?</li><li>Role of strategic leadership in strategic management</li><li>Essential skills of a strategic leader</li><li>Principles of strategic leadership</li></ul><h2>Training Approach</h2><p>Training on strategic planning and management course is delivered by our seasoned trainers who have vast experience as expert professionals strategic management and planning. The course is taught through a mix of practical activities, theory, group works and case studies.</p><p>Training manuals and additional reference materials are provided to the participants.</p><h2>Certification</h2><p>Upon successful completion of training on strategic planning and management course, participants will be issued with a certificate.</p><h2>Tailor-Made Course</h2><p>We can also do this as a tailor-made course to meet organization-wide training needs. A training needs assessment will be done on the training participants to collect data on the existing skills, knowledge gaps, training expectations and tailor made needs.</p><p>Sharing is caring:</p><p><center><img style=

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