An Interactive 10-Day Training Course

Strategy, Leadership & Critical Thinking for Directors


This course is split in two modules:

Module 1: Advanced Strategy for Directors
Module 2: Leading with Critical Thinking, Creativity and Innovation

Each module is structured and can be taken as a stand-alone training course; however, delegates will maximise their benefits by taking Module 1 and 2 back-to-back as a 2-week training course.

Course Outline

Module I - Advanced Strategy for Directors

DAY 1 

Navigating Strategy Through Uncertainty  

  • What strategy ‘is’ and ‘is not’?
  • Defining the end point: Vision, mission, and objectives
  • Stakeholders’ points of view
  • The psychology of regret
  • The challenge of decision making

DAY 2 

Strategic Business Analysis  

  • Analysis: External factors
  • Industry analysis
  • Product and industry life cycles
  • Competitor analysis
  • Determining priorities

DAY 3 

The Role of Leaders in Delivering Strategy 

  • Leadership qualities for strategic management
  • Cascading goals
  • Managing conflict across organisational boundaries
  • Developing and communicating a clear message
  • Influence, negotiation, and persuasion

DAY 4 

Striking a Balance between Data and Creativity  

  • Tracking business performance
  • Converting data into usable information
  • Does innovation stem from numbers?
  • Imagining possible futures (scenarios)
  • Planning for innovation

DAY 5 

Alignment to Strategic Goals  

  • How effective is your performance management process?
  • Engaging with and motivating staff
  • Handling strategic drift and ever-changing goals
  • Identifying change agents
  • Delegating decisions
  • Personal development planning


Module II - Leading with Critical Thinking , Creativity and Innovation


Leadership – Igniting the Creative Spark in your Team 

  • Big Picture Thinking – Why are we here?  What are we trying to create?
  • The Big 5 P’s of Creativity – Philosophy, Place, People, Process and Product
  • Vision Boards – Harnessing the Power of Intention
  • Tapping into and Motivating Talent
  • Empowering Individual and Team Creativity
  • Harnessing the Power of Conflict and Differences


The Creative Brain – Exploring Ways of Thinking 

  • What is Creativity? What is Innovation?
  • Creativity and Self-Perception
  • Measuring Creativity
  • Divergent vs. Convergence Thinking
  • Lateral Thinking
  • Left and Right Brain Roles in the Innovation and Creativity Process
  • Ways to Boost Your Creativity


Creativity and Problem Solving Processes 

  • An Overview of Different Problem Solving Processes
  • Methods of Analysis
  • How to Become a Creative Genius
  • Overcoming Creative Blocks
  • Mind Mapping – The Swiss Army Knife of the Brain
  • The Six Hat Approach
  • A Toolbox of Creative Thinking Methodologies


Critical Thinking - Evaluating and Presenting Ideas 

  • Insight and Intuition – Trusting your Gut
  • Logical and Intuitive Decision Making
  • Is this Practical? – A Checklist for Feasibility
  • Presenting Ideas through Metaphor and Analogy
  • The Power of Story Telling
  • The Power of Visuals in Presenting your Ideas
  • Overcoming Resistance to Change

DAY 10

Creativity and Innovation in a Brave New World 

  • Using Technology to Enhance Creativity
  • Spotting Trends and Setting Trends
  • Developing a Creative Working Environment
  • Develop a Culture of Creativity and Innovation
  • Learning from Successful Companies
  • Advice from the Best Creative Minds


Oxford Management Centre Certificate will be provided to delegates who successfully completed the training course.




All Training Courses delivered by Oxford Management by default are eligible for CPE Credit.

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GLOMACS Training & Consultancy

GLOMACS Training & Consultancy

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