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Creative Strategic Planning & Leadership



This Creative Strategic Planning & Leadership training seminar is designed to provide leaders and professionals with a set of transformational tools and techniques to help them maximize their own and their team’s creative potential in a strategic context. Its starting-point is self-discovery: participants will work on the inside first and then focus outwards to impact the world of business.

The focus of the first week of this 2-week Management & Leadership training seminar will be on thinking in different ways. Participants should be prepared to move out of their comfort zone and experiment with new ways of creating and communicating an inspiring leadership vision.

The second week helps demystify the frequently-misunderstood concept of ‘strategy’. Whilst focusing on the analytical disciplines on which a successful strategy is based, it centers on strategic planning as a value-adding process that harnesses the leader’s and the team’s ability to combine analysis with creative thinking and enables ideas and plans to be nurtured through to reality.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate innovative methods for harnessing others’ creative potential
  • Communicate your vision in refreshing and engaging ways
  • Define the concepts of ‘strategy’ and ‘strategic plans’
  • Understand and explain visionary thinking as part of the strategic process and apply strategic planning to your own management issues
  • Place your own part of the organization within the overall context of corporate strategy
  • Gain confidence in managing your own contribution to strategic implementation 

Targeted Audience:

  • Senior Management Professionals, Team Leaders, Supervisors and All Professionals who are responsible for driving company growth by creating or eliciting new ideas and paradigms. Alternatively, you may be stuck with your own ‘logical’ career journey and seeking an opportunity to explore beyond its boundaries
  • Anyone who wants to forge innovative approaches to communications, or to human resource and training managers searching for breakthrough ideas and tools they can use to harness the creativity in others within their organization

Course Outlines:

Unit 1: Creative Problem-Solving:

  • Leadership Reality Assessment
  • Leadership vs. Management
  • Understanding Our Brain Function
  • Myths of Creativity
  • The Limitations of The Rational
  • Divergent Approaches to Problem-solving
  • Letting Go of Logic
  • Analogous Thinking Modes
  • Convergent and Divergent Modes

Unit 2: Overcoming Personal Blockers to Creativity:

  • Sigmoid Curve - Lifecycle Model
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Breakthrough Step Change
  • Self-awareness and The Nature of The Ego
  • Personal Goal Alignment
  • Adaption and Innovation: Personal Preferences For Creating Meaning
  • Exploring Attitudes to Risk
  • Left- and Right-brain Thinking

Unit 3: Developing The Vision Creatively:

  • Six Thinking Hats
  • Using Differing Thinking Styles
  • JoHari’s Window
  • The Business Plan Process & Creating A Vision
  • Harnessing The Power of The Team
  • Organisational Culture and Its Influence on Innovation
  • Letting Go of The Ego
  • Working with Different Creative Preferences

Unit 4: Communicating The Vision Creatively:

  • The 7 Step Creative Process
  • Models of Communication
  • Viral Visioning
  • Authenticity and Trust
  • Creativity Tools, Techniques & Strategy
  • Letting Go of The Vision
  • Leading Without Directing
  • Possible Leadership Beliefs

Unit 5: From Ideas to Action: Creativity and Change:

  • Motivation - Hierarchy of Needs
  • Overcoming Organisational Barriers to Creativity and Change
  • Nurturing a Learning Environment
  • Is Money A Motivator?
  • Personality Profiling
  • Building a Creative Consensus
  • Engaging Stakeholders Creatively
  • Influencing and Motivating through Change

Unit 6: Strategic Thinking and External Analysis:

  • Definitions of Strategy and Strategic Planning
  • Why are strategy and strategic planning important?
  • Understanding The Main Frameworks For Strategic Analysis
  • Private and Public Sector Strategies – similarities and differences
  • External Analysis - Understanding and Analysing Business Attractiveness
  • Analyzing Customers and Benchmarking Your Own Strategic Position
  • How attractive is the game that we have chosen to play?

Unit 7: Internal Analysis and Fusion into Strategic Choice

  • The Interface and Balance of External and Internal Analysis
  • Internal Analysis: Financial
  • Internal Analysis: Non-financial
  • The Concept and Practicalities of the “Balanced Scorecard”
  • Diagnosing and Analysing Strategic Problems and Opportunities
  • The fusion of Analysis into Strategic Choices - SWOT and The Strategy Matrix
  • How well are we playing the game that we have chosen to play?

Unit 8: Strategic Plans and The Relevance of Alliances and Joint Ventures:

  • Review of The Tools Used So Far
  • The Content of a Strategy: Avoiding “Paralysis by Analysis”
  • Putting a Strategic Plan Together – The 5-Page Framework
  • A Real-life Example of a Business Strategy / Strategic Plan
  • Strategies for Alliances and Joint Ventures
  • Management of Alliances and Joint Ventures
  • Examples of Best Practice in Alliances and Joint Ventures

Unit 9: Global Strategy, Team Building and The Management of Internal Communication:

  • The Essence of Globalisation and Global Strategy
  • Globalization – The Strategic Dimension
  • Globalization – The Organisational Dimension
  • Globalization – The Human Dimension
  • How to Build and Manage a Strategic Planning Team
  • Communicating Strategy through The Organisation
  • Gaining Your Team’s Commitment and Buy-in to The Strategy

Unit 10: Strategic Implementation and Getting The Value Out of Strategy:

  • Alignment of Strategy, Culture, Structure, and People
  • Effective Execution - Converting Strategic Analysis and Planning into Action
  • Aligning and Linking Strategy with Operational Objectives
  • Implementation – Getting Practical Things Done
  • Creating Tomorrow’s Organisation Out of Today’s Organisation
  • Strategic Planning at A Personal Level
  • Overview: The Complete Strategy Process
  • Summary and Conclusions - The Corporate and Individual Value of Strategic Planning

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