In order to be successful managers must have the ability to plan strategically. Developing this competency is a key component of managerial skills enhancement given that effective strategic planning is essential to the future success of any organization. However, most strategic planning is lacking in vision. It is merely a straight-line extrapolation of the past into the future. In a world where the pace of change is greater than ever before this is at best short-sighted and at worst a prescription for disaster.
Real strategic planning is about positioning the organization for a future which will be different from the past. This Planning Specialist training seminar will focus on strategic planning as the essential management system guiding the manager and organization into the future by setting focused goals that will establish and enhance competitiveness. This training seminar will also focus on the necessity of developing both personal mental agility and organizational agility. Close examination will be made of the driving forces creating both strategic successes and failures.
Highlights of this Oxford Management Centre training course are as follows:
Presentation of the Concept and Significance of Strategy and Strategic Planning
Introduction to the Main Approaches to Strategy Formulation and Goal Setting
Case Examples of Organizations Formulating Strategic Plans
Group Work on Specific Cases and Problems
Extensive Use of Practical Examples in which the course leader has been personally involved
By the end of this training course, you will be able to:
Examine how to design visionary strategic plans
Consider utilization of a model for organizational assessment
Formulate insights into strategic planning problems to avoid
Identify and learn from examples of strategic success and failure
Develop understanding of the nature of the organizational life cycle
Study the preparation of effective contingency plans
The most up to date training methods are used to present this training seminar. This Planning Specialist training seminar is carefully designed to address all styles of learning and to engage participants fully. Formal presentations and discussions are supplemented by group exercises which provide opportunities for personal participation in real situations. There will also be video presentations which focus on key issues. This approach makes the learning process enjoyable, fast-paced, challenging and empowering.
How does the organization benefit by sending employees to this training course?
Employees are better able to relate their functional work to the overall direction of the organization
There will be greater flexibility within the organization
Employees’ capability in analysing and building creative solutions will be enhanced
Employees will have more confidence in setting and aiming for ambitious targets
Employees will be better placed to cope with organizational change
Employees will think more rigorously about creating tomorrow’s organization out of today’s organization
How does the delegate benefit by attending this training course?
Participants will learn how to combine analytical and creative thinking
Participants will have a better understanding of the global business environment of the 21st century
Participants will learn how to make choices in making best use of finite resources
Participants will develop improved preparedness to deal with contingencies
Participants will learn how to set challenging, realistic and achievable targets
Participants will have further developed their ability to move up in their organization
Who should attend?
This OXFORD Planning Specialist training seminar is designed for professionals involved with the planning process. It will be of benefit for all managers who seek to enhance their planning skills.
Typical delegates would include the following:
Strategy, Strategic Planning and Competitive Positioning
Introduction to the Seminar – Structure and Content
Strategy - Concept and Significance
“Competitive Positioning” vs. “Blue Sky” Approaches
Achieving Competitive Advantage through Flexibility and Agility
The Interaction of Strategy, Structure and Business Processes
Gathering Information and Intelligence for the SWOT Analysis
Mini-cases and Group Discussion – “Cost vs. Differentiation”
Strategic Intent, Strategic Choice and Balancing Scorecards
Vision and Mission Statements - Preparing for the Future
Business Analysis and Contingency Planning
Converting the SWOT Analysis into the “Strategy Matrix”