Strategic Thinking, Planning, and Implementation

  • Overview
  • Objectives
  • Course Content
  • Methodology

To be strategic is to be well prepared ahead of time for different eventualities. Therefore, strategic planning requires a versatile and creative ‘state of mind’, that has space to; foresee the upcoming scenarios, perceive different scenarios, and figure out new solutions for problems and issues that may arise. At all levels, strategic thinking has become necessary for both short- and long-term success. The key lies not just in individual skills, but also in the ability to engage others in an on-going strategy process.


  • Learn the fundamentals of strategic thinking and planning
  • Understand why strategic planning is important to organization’s success
  • Determine reasons why strategic plans fail and how to avoid it
  • Identify the different thinking and leadership styles
  • Explore and compare the different tools used in strategic analysis
  • Assess the benefits and risks of strategic planning
  • Identify and review organization’s mission, vision and strategic objectives
  • Understand Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and Key Result Areas (KRA’s)
  • Determine what causes the disconnection between strategy formulation and strategy implementation
  • Develop skills in setting strategic plans and how to convert them to action plans
  • Learn how to effectively establish and communicate strategy and directions; allocate resources; define departmental, team and individual goals and directions
  • Know the key factors involved when implementing a strategy
  • Identify the challenges during implementation identifying success indicators, and how to measure them

Below is an example of the course content. The content can be ‘tailored’ to meet the exact requirements of the client.


Day One

Fundamentals of strategic thinking and planning

·         What is a strategy?

·         What is strategic thinking and planning?

·         Benefits of strategic thinking

·         Skills and qualities of a strategic thinker

·         7 principles of strategic thinking and thinking

·         Why strategies fail?

Different types of thinking

·         Analytical thinking

·         Creative thinking

·         Critical thinking

·         Design thinking

Strategic analysis

·         Elements of strategic analysis

·         Conducting a gap analysis

·         PESTLE analysis

·         Competitor analysis

·         SWOT and capability analysis


Day Two

Mission and vision statements in strategic planning

·         Identifying the organization’s values

·         Designing the organization’s vision

·         Defining the organization’s mission

·         Setting the organization’s objectives

·         Creating a strategic vision

Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)

·         Learning and performance improvement

·         Employee Goals and KPIs

·         Designing KPIs

·         Characteristics of KPIs

·         Requirements of KPIs

·         Problems with KPIs

·         KPI mistakes

Key Result Areas (KRA’s)

·         What are KRAs?

·         Why do we need them?

·         Conditions of KRAs

·         Contribution zone

·         Balance scorecard (BSC)


Day Three

Setting strategic goals and objectives

·         Distinction between strategy and objectives

·         Establishing success criteria

·         Writing SMART goals

Planning for success

·         Contingency planning

·         Visual thinking

·         Putting the plan in action

·         Integrating action plans

Risk management

·         Management awareness

·         Risk management framework

·         Risk identification

·         Planning for problems

·         Creating a strategy map


Day Four

Implementing your plan

·         Key factors involved in implementing strategy

·         Communicating your strategic plan

·         Presenting your ideas

·         Gaining trust and buy in from stakeholders

·         Launching the plan

Monitoring and measuring success

·         Making the change

·         The three-part transition process

·         The Conner model

·         Implementation issues

·         Controlling and monitoring people

·         Identifying success indicators, and how to measure them

Leadership role during strategy implementation

·         Being an inspirational role model

·         Authority, power and responsibility

·         Behaviors of a high-trust leader

·         Creating a team vision

·         Managing vs doing


The foundation of our training is anchored in activity-based experiential learning. This methodology takes into consideration different learning and communication styles, and more importantly language and cultural differences. It is through active participation that the adoption and application of theory is expedited.

Our training team pays careful attention to planning and designing effective instructional methods essential for the transfer of knowledge. It is the creative skill of our management trainers and consultants that reveal untapped skills of the delegates through:

·         Group discussion

·         Individual and syndicate activities

·         Individual and group tasks

·         Case studies

·         Role plays

·         Audio and video evaluation

·         Action planning

·         Experiential learning games

·         Presentations


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