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A Guide to Strategic Thinking:Principles, Teachings and Tools

Date: 18th May 2021
Venue: Central London (Exact Venue To Be Confirmed)

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Date: 8th June 2021
Venue: Central London (Exact Venue To Be Confirmed)

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An examination of the best tools and techniques available to develop strategic thinking skills, and apply them in a policy context

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course the delegates will be able to:

  • What is Strategic Thinking and how can it help your organisation
  • Learn how to deploy a range of techniques and tools for effective strategic thinking
  • learn to shape and set long-term vision and direction
  • develop the ability to think about policy in the longer term
  • develop problem solving and analytical thinking skills
  • learn how to develop and encourage creative and innovative thinking
  • understand the wider context and institutional constraints
  • understand the significance of employee stakeholder engagement
The Institute of Leadership & Management

The Institute of Leadership and Management (TILM) has approved this training course. TILM combines years of research, knowledge and innovation to champion the leadership agenda for all and since 1947 they have carried out extensive research into the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviours and values of great leadership. Based on TILM’s core leadership values, this course meets the standard that enables learners who have completed to access the following benefits:

  • Being eligible for membership of  The Institute of Leadership and Management and will receive an ICPS/ TILM joint Certificate of achievement for the course
  • Access to a raft of resources to help you with your continuing professional development, including an award-winning library of e-learning content
  • A community of over 30,000 members worldwide enabling you to collaborate and grow your knowledge and skills
  • Receipt of weekly news updates, podcasts and cutting-edge research and a monthly published journal and invitations to topical webinars
  • Authorisation to use approved letters AMInstLM (Associate Member of The Institute of Leadership and Management) after your name for business correspondence


Welcome and Introduction to the Day
Principles of Strategic thinking
  • purpose, values, behaviour standards leading to strategy choice
  • Understanding of vision, mission, value and behaviours
  • Their correlation in supporting strategy
  • This will include an exercise specific to mission statements
The difficulties in the public sector in achieving strategy cohesiveness
  • Strategy conflict
  • Understanding who owns strategy in the Public sector
  • Difference between policy and strategy
  • Cross departmental working
  • This will include group work
Building competencies
  • What is the current internal competency
  • Identifying competencies
  • How we build competency
  • Current behaviours that conflict with strategy
  • How you manage change
  • Understanding SMART behavioural objectives
  • Individual and group work
Strategy creation and planning
  • Brainstorming
  • Mind mapping
  • Swot
  • Step/steepve/steeple
  • Internal vs external factors strategy planning
Internal communication 'winning hearts and minds' of large and varied staff
  • Potential impact of strategy
  • Employee engagement
  • Employee communication, what who and how
Discussion and Questions

Please note that the programme is subject to change without notice


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Comments & Views

"Well organized and sufficiently interactive."

Joyce Connell, Ministry of Justice

"Really good course to raise awareness of strategy development."

Mark Richardson, Generic Distribution System