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A Guide to Strategic Thinking:Principles, Teachings and Tools

Date: 28th July 2022
Venue: “Virtual” platform delivery

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Building an understanding of what strategic thinking is and the key tools and techniques that support and build competence in strategic thinking.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what strategic thinking is and how it can help you in your organisation
  • Learn about the differences between strategic thinking, strategic planning and policy
  • Identify and build awareness of the key competences in strategic thinking
  • Understand the importance of networking, stakeholder engagement and communication in strategic thinking
  • Understand how to use a range of tools and techniques to aid strategic thinking and strategic planning
Institute of Leadership & Management

The Institute of Management and Leadership (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:

  • Membership of TILM and will receipt of 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


09:30 BST
Zoom session opens
Welcome and Introductions
Session 1: Setting the Context: Strategy and Strategic Thinking
  • Differences between strategic thinking and strategic planning
Session 2: What does a Strategic Thinker do? (including Break)
  • Mandate, external drivers for change and possible futures
  • Tools to help explore external drivers and possible futures
  • Vision, Mission, Values and Objectives
Session 3: Challenges to Strategic Thinking in the Public Sector
  • Challenges
  • Public Sector v Private Sector
  • Open Policy Making
Lunch Break
Session 4: Strategic Thinking Tools and Techniques
  • Including: SWOT, McKinsey 7S, Fishbone Analysis, Mind Mapping and Six Thinking Hats
  • Risk
Session 5: Strategy and Change
  • Key models including Kubler Ross Curve
Session 6: Strategy, Networking and Engagement
  • Networking
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Engagement
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