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The course was detailed, clear and very useful. Well presented. Useful, enjoyable and always a lot of energy. The trainer's presentation was clear with good explanations. Overall an excellent course which I will recommend it to other managers.

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Strategic Thinking Training

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What is Strategic Thinking Training?

"Strategic thinking" is thinking about your long range goals and the plans for their achievement. All successful people think incessantly about their long range goals: they build detailed written plans. This is the essence of strategic thinking.

Many people fail to think strategically, they don’t think long range, and are therefore forced to think short range, and are therefore left trying to survive by simply responding to the current crises.

This course will help you to become more successful by encouraging you to think about your long range goals and the plans for their achievement.

Course Details

Bespoke In House Training

This course is also available as an in house group training course in the UK and worldwide. We can tailor the content to fit your specific needs.
Group training costs from £1,850 +VAT per day for up to 20 delegates (plus trainer's B&B).

Would you like to contact us?

This course is currently only available as a bespoke in-house training course. Please view our other popular open courses at venues in: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Heathrow, Central London, Bristol, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Leeds, Nottingham and Glasgow, Scotland.

Please note all our training courses include three months additional FREE telephone coaching.

Course Timings: Start 09:00 - Finish 16:30. Lunch at 13:00, Tea Breaks at 11:00 and 15:00, giving you an opportunity to check emails and make calls.

After the course, how can you keep the training-momentum going?

About the Course

Goals / plans can be split into two categories

  1. Short range goals and their associated plans
  2. Long range goals and their associated plans

The key term here is LONG RANGE.

Strategic thinking is thinking long range, not short range.

The vast majority of people DON'T think long range: they think short range.

The higher up you go on the organisational ladder: the longer range your thinking should be.

Example:

  • The junior manager thinks about how to get to the end of the week.
  • The senior manager is thinking 3, 5, 10, 20 years into the future.

This is strategic thinking.

The course content will be of great value to any manager on the journey through their life-long career. Chris is a true practitioner of the concepts taught during this course. This helps the delegates believe they are practical not just theoretical.

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Strategic Thinking Training Course Content

Strategic thinking is different to everyday thinking because:

  • The future is not known in much detail.
  • The future is malleable: it can be whatever you make it.

And yet:

You know that technology will advance and introduce new opportunities and threats. You know that the methods that have brought you prosperity in 2017, will not be sufficient to secure your prosperity in 2022

So strategic thinking is Creative, pre-emptive, purposeful and intelligent thinking.

What is the overall purpose of your organisation?

Answer: to add (exchange) value to the customer.

But HOW, the means by which, you do that can vary over time.

How might your organisation evolve over time?

We can assume that certain conditions that operate now will still be operating for the foreseeable future:

Certain trends are likely to be consistent in the future:

  1. Increasing global population
  2. Increasing speed of information transfer
  3. Increasing use of biotechnology in agriculture and medicine
  4. Increasing pressure on the price of energy
  5. Increasing democratization of the world.
  6. The fundamentals of human nature: Everyone is the same: we all want: health, happiness, family, security, material wealth.

How can your organisation benefit from this list?

Where do you want to be 10 years from now?

How to build plans by creating a categorical mind map

Work back from the future, to the present.

What are the material, and technological resources that will be needed?

How will they be obtained?

What are the skills and knowledge that will be needed?

How will they be obtained?

What attitudes and business philosophy will be needed?

How will it be communicated?

What will be the business context that will be needed?

How will that be prepared?

To be wary of pessimism

To be a rational optimist

Exercises:

  • Exercises in building long range goals
  • Exercise in building categorical mind maps
  • Exercise in building plans from the maps

Summary presentations

Action plans and close

The Training Method

The training method follows this general pattern - the training is very interactive and interesting:

  1. The trainer gives a clear explanation of the point in question with specific examples.
  2. Then, the delegates practice by doing an exercise with each other.
  3. The delegates practice by doing an exercise with the trainer.
  4. All points are supported with full written notes to take away.
  5. Delegates are asked to write down an associated action, for each point made.
    (At the end of the day, we have about twenty such actions, from which the delegates choose six which are the most personally meaningful).

Note: we do not believe in placing people in any situation of embarrassment by demanding that they 'perform' in front of the whole group. So you can relax: come on this course and be at ease; ready to learn new skills!

The course content was fascinating, useful and concise. The trainer's presentation was engaging, interesting, funny, inspirational, knowledgeable, respectful, friendly, energetic, highly intelligent and draws on startlingly broad frames of reference.

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Price for open training course

Contact us for open course training availability. Open Course cost includes:

  • Full day of quality training
  • Tea, coffee and cakes
  • Lunch
  • Full colour course notes
  • Written action plan
  • Certificate
  • Additional training material by means of monthly updates
  • Access to the Post Course Portal

Plus 3 months free telephone coaching

To answer any on-going questions, you will also receive email and telephone support from your trainer after you have attended the course. Whilst you are implementing what you have learned we will be there to help you if you need us for advice, guidance and coaching.

After the course, how can you to keep the training-momentum going?

We understand that it is important to keep the momentum of the training going, in the weeks after the course. The ideas and methods that you learnt during the course need to be implemented, not just for the two weeks after the course, but for all time!

In order to make that happen, we will give you continued, on-going support after the training course has finished. The support comes in the form of the Post Course Portal.

The Post Course Portal is a web page that contains a review of all the course material, plus the following:

  • Newsletters containing training blogs and articles, which will provide you with ongoing training and good ideas, whenever you need them.
  • Fun questionnaires that are designed to tease out your strengths and weaknesses and then give you ideas as to how you might improve your performance.
  • Decision matrices that will allow you to make decisions and prioritise tasks into the correct order.
  • Summary diagrams and mind maps from the course.
  • Conflict scripts that give you examples of how the conflict method can be used, in real life situations.
  • Free eBook the effective leader manager.

Free Telephone Consultation service for buyers

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Price for in house training course

In House Course: from £1,850 +VAT per day (international training price varies) for up to 20 delegates

Please call us on +44 020 3856 3008 to discuss your requirements for the in house training course.

If you want to know more about any Management Training Course or their suitability for you or a colleague call us on +44 020 3856 3008.