To ensure a strategy is effective and produces the best commercial outcomes, business-minded decisions need to be made. Good decisions, in turn, rely on high-quality strategic thinking.

Attend this course to enhance your thinking, challenge perceptions and red-tape and plan actions that will enable change. Hone your skills in a collaborative, interactive and open training environment – centred around real-life scenarios.

This Effective Strategic Thinking course articulates the uses of pure strategic thinking in your company; assess the benefits of strategic analysis; learn how to use strategic analytical tools and understand how to best implement your strategy at your business.

This highly interactive course allows you to evaluate your performance, address your weaknesses, turning them into strengths and gain a deeper understanding of how imaginative thinking can improve your work.

Previous Feedback:

“Amazing course, practically applicable and well delivered. One of the best courses I have attended. Judy was a fantastic trainer and her knowledge and experience was evident. Also the lack of PowerPoint was brilliant.” – Manager of the National Cyber Crime Unit

“Judy Oliver was an excellent choice to teach this course, her experience and stories that tied the course together were priceless. I would recommend this course to everyone.” – Senior Communications Officer

About the chair: Judy Oliver
Judy specialises in leadership development, strategic thinking, transition planning and facilitation of multi-agency and multi-professional partnerships and teams and business consultations. Her portfolio of work includes executive coaching and development for directors and people in company’s across all business sectors.

Judy is an accredited assessor for the Myers Brigg Type Indicator and has qualified as a Thinking Environment Consultant and Coach with Nancy Kline and a Transitions Consultant with William Bridges in the US. Before starting her own business, she held senior roles in several settings including Head of HR and Advisor to the Deputy Chief Executive. Before this, Judy worked for BP for seventeen years in a variety of personnel, industrial relations and legal roles across the spectrum of the oil industry from exploration to marketing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop your ability and confidence to think strategically
  • Think about what strategic thinking means in practice and why it is important
  • Consider the essential link between products, services and strategy, what the strategy needs to achieve and the perspectives of stakeholders
  • Learn practical tools and techniques which can be applied immediately
  • Practise using these and build your confidence in applying them
09:15 - 09:45

Coffee and Registration

09:45 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

  • What do you want to achieve today?
10:00 - 11:00

What Exactly is Strategic Thinking?

  • What myths exist about ‘strategic thinking’? What is true?
  • What good examples of strategy have you seen and what made them good?
  • What is your strategic issue?
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:30

The Benefits of Strategic Analysis

  • External environment v. internal capability?
  • What external factors could help or hinder?
  • What possible scenarios do you need to be prepared for?
12:30 - 13:15

Lunch

16:15 - 15:00

Using Strategic Analysis in Your Organisation

  • What is your vision of success?
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • How strong do those relationships need to be and how can you strengthen them?
  • Who do you need to influence?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses?
15:00 - 15:15

Afternoon Break

15:15 - 16:00

Effective Strategic Implementation

  • What is the difference between change and transition?
  • What do your priorities need to be?
  • Overcoming your own limiting assumptions
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

Judy Oliver

Leadership Specialist

Judy specialises in leadership development, strategic thinking, transition planning and facilitation of multi-agency and multi-professional partnerships and teams and community […]

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Central London

Q: Can I book without a purchase order number?

A: Yes. After you have booked on to the course, simply email  [email protected] and attach the purchase order raised. Please quote your order reference number and the course you are booked onto.

Q: Can I make a provisional booking?

A: Unfortunately, we do not accept provisional bookings. Registrations are subject to our terms and conditions. View terms and conditions here

Q: Can’t find what you are looking for?

A: Why not contact a member of the team on 0800 014 2468 or email [email protected]

Q: I can no longer attend the course; can a colleague attend in my place?

A: Substitutions may be made up to 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 0800 014 2468 or email [email protected] with the replacement's details.

Q: I have just registered for the course, when will I receive the joining instructions?

A: You will receive the joining instructions and reminders, 2 weeks, 1 week and 3 days before the course date. Please check your spam box to see whether the joining instructions were sent there, if not please call 0800 014 2468 so we can have these sent to you immediately.

Q: I have special dietary requirements; how can I request this?

A: Special dietary requirements can be catered for, please ensure you include this in the further information box when registering your place. If you have forgotten to add this, you can also send your requirements to [email protected] or call 0800 014 2468. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can ensure your needs are met.

Q: Is lunch included?

A: Yes, a seated two-course hot buffet is served at lunch. Light breakfast is served in the morning and a wide selection of tea and coffee are served throughout the day.

Q: Is VAT included within the price?

A: Prices stated do not include VAT.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: Cancellations must be received in writing 30 working days before the date of the event and will be subject to a £195+VAT administration fee. Cancellations received after this time will be subject to the full delegate fee. View full terms and conditions here

Q: Why haven’t I received the speaker’s presentation?

A: Speakers presentations are sent by email a week after the event date. Please contact a member of the team on 0800 014 2468 or [email protected] if it has been more than a week.

Q: Will there be WI-FI?

A: Yes, all our venues have the latest technology, offer full audio-visual support and high-speed wifi.