Key Points
  • Discuss what is meant by a strategic approach
  • Explore barriers to strategic thinking in the organisation and how to address these barriers
  • Examine examples of strategic work
  • Have had the opportunity to practise strategy tools and techniques
  • Gain the confidence to contribute to strategic planning in the organisation
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This course gives an overview of the essentials of strategic thinking. It covers the core strategic thinking tools that help create a more robust and effective strategy. It addresses the challenges of developing strategy with remote and hybrid teams.

The course is suitable for people at all levels from the public, private and voluntary sectors. It will help anyone who is involved in contributing to or leading the development of strategy who would like an overview of what strategic thinking is and how best to approach it.

This highly interactive course is designed so you can raise your own particular challenges and make progress on developing a strategy that enables you and your organisation to succeed. The course may also help those looking to be able to demonstrate strategic thinking when applying for jobs and for wider career development.

Course Leader

Tony Cash is an expert on policy, strategy and risk management best practice. He is a former civil servant and his roles included Head of Strategy and Communications for the Joint Trade Policy Unit and Deputy Director, Department for Business internal training team. He has trained people in policy making best practice, better regulation, and risk management across the UK and overseas.


09:30 - 09:45
Introductions, Approach and Structure of the Day


09:45 - 11:00
The Strategic Context

  • What is strategic thinking? Why is it useful? 
  • What happens if we do not think strategically?
  • Strategic vs operational thinking
  • What are the stages? What is involved?

11:00 - 11:15
Morning Break


11:15 - 12:00
Good Strategic Thinking

  • What are the key elements of a good strategy to inform planning?
  • What are the key questions to ask?
  • Examples of good strategic thinking?
  • Overcoming barriers to strategic thinking
  • Challenges of strategic thinking in remote and hybrid teams 

12:00 - 12:45
Vision and Outcomes

  • The need for clarity on vision and outcomes
  • Addressing challenges of focus and prioritisation

12:45 - 13:35
Lunch Break


13:35 - 14:15
Tools and Techniques

  • The role of evidence in a strategic context
  • Drivers for change
  • Desired futures: forecasting trends and scenario building compared
  • Creativity and strategy
  • Using SWOT and PESTLE
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Risk and strategy
  • Other relevant tools

14:15 - 14:30
Afternoon Break


14:30 - 15:15
Practice Session

Participants will have the opportunity to use the tools and techniques that will be most helpful to build their strategies 

15:00 - 16:00
The Way Forward and Final Questions

  • Aligning day to day work with strategy
  • Challenges of implementing strategy


Venue details

Online Event Broadcast Live

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