Leading & Managing Through Strategic Planning & Innovation
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Effective strategic leadership is central to the future success of any organization. This starts with defining a clear strategic vision – setting out the leadership team’s strategic intent for the organization and its various businesses. This then needs to be translated into an agenda for action – not merely a ‘strategic plan’ but a set of guidelines or a road map clearly setting out where the business needs to go and empowering managers at all levels to make the multitude of decisions that they need to make in the clear understanding of where the business is heading.
In this comprehensive two week program, both strategic leaders and first line professionals will participate in how to develop, implement and structure the changes necessary to make a new strategy, vision or mission work effectively in today’s dynamic climate. Week one focuses on the development of the core strategies and plan to make the organization reach its vision or targets, while week two drills deeper into the organization to develop techniques that get the workforce “on-board” with the changes and have them participate in working out the problems and implementing the new strategies. It is strongly suggested that strategic leaders attend both weeks.
Following completion of this unit, you will know:
- Interpret the internal and external forces shaping the future
- Develop an effective strategic roadmap through a clear vision and statement of strategic intent
- Identify the competencies and capabilities of strategically agile and effective organizations
- Recognize your own strategic leadership style, and the styles of others – and match leadership styles to the strategic necessities of the roadmap
- Effectively prepare and guide your organization, unit or team towards the vision
- Motivate people towards the strategic ‘light on the hill’!
- Command respect
- Develop a culture or climate that supports your initiatives
- How to gain the participation of the whole workforce
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:
- Develop the three key strategic agendas for leaders – Intellectual, Managerial and Behavioral.
- Enhance and improve your own and your organizations strategic thinking and ability to envision powerful strategic futures.
- Generate and support effective strategic thinking at all levels in the organization.
- Identify the most effective balance of Operational Excellence and Breakthrough Strategic Performance.
- Identify critical strategic issues and opportunities.
- Priorities issues based on their capacity to enable real value creation.
- Lead and motivate teams and businesses in diverse, turbulent and complex environments.
- Encourage your people to think differently and workout new initiatives and innovate.
- Change your environment to support your new strategic initiatives.
- Find new approaches to old problems in your organization strategies.
- Implement your plan using all the resources at your disposal.
Module 1: Strategic Planning, Development & Implementation
Understanding the Strategic Environment
- Understanding the strategic leadership agenda – intellect, management and behaviors
- Recognizing and interpreting forces in the strategic environment
- Understanding strategic inflection points and strategic scenarios
- Analyzing and prioritizing strategic issues
- Formulating strategic vision and expressing strategic intent
- Developing a strategic roadmap Understanding Strategic Models And Paradigms
- The strategic journey – common models and frameworks for strategic thinking (from Ansoff to Hamel via Porter and Mintzberg)
- Identifying strategic horizons and using the 7S framework
- Recognizing and developing the characteristics of strategic agility
- Understanding and leveraging strategic competences and skills
Effective Strategic Implementation
- Strategic implementation tools and frameworks
- Structures and systems for strategic agility and performance
- Monitoring and adjustment
- Measurement, analysis and knowledge management
- Preparing for the future
- Effective styles and practices for strategic leadership
- Recognizing, analyzing and developing the strategic leadership styles used by you and others
- Developing inspiration and motivation
- Communicating the roadmap and gathering support
Driving Strategic Performance & Success
- Transforming the organization to enable strategic success
- Balancing the focus on performance and strategy
- Spreading leadership capabilities throughout the organization
- Maximizing organizational learning and knowledge transfer to embed strategic success
Module 2: Smart Leadership
Encouraging a Creative Climate at Work
- Innovative leadership for excellent performance
- The Critical mass for change and innovation
- Innovation VS Constant Improvement
- How a Leader Creates a Climate of Innovation
- Case Study on Most Innovative Companies
- Innovation and current business breakthroughs
Gaining the Participation of the Workforce
- The G.E. “Workout” Strategy
- Developing Creative Solutions for Strategies
- Gaining the “Buy-In” from the workforce
- Overcoming Paradigms
- Dealing with Organizational “Drift”
- Case Study on Gaining Empowerment
Leading on the creative edge
- Developing Creative Potential in People and Teams
- Understanding Creative People
- Convergent & Divergent Thinking Skills
- Motivating Creative Individuals at work
- Incubating ideas
- Interacting creatively
- Converting expenses to assets using creativity
Creating a Motivating Climate for Higher Productivity
- The Ten Key Elements to Setting up new Missions
- Setting Goals and Targets Creatively
- Creating a “Sense of Significance”
- Rewarding Performance
- The Four Step “Pygmalion” theory
- Generational Motivators
Driving Strategic Change
- Managing the Change Process
- Kotter’s Change Management Techniques
- Communicating with a Sense of Urgency
- The Downside of Change
- Creating a climate of Constant Change
- Successful techniques for Changing People
A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:
- (30%) Based on Case Studies
- (30%) Techniques
- (30%) Role Play
- (10%) Concepts
- Pre-test and Post-test
- Variety of Learning Methods
- Case Studies and Self Questionaires
- Group Work
Who should attend
The program is designed for current and potential strategic leaders and first line managers at all levels of medium to large organizations. The content and delivery style are suited to professionals responsible (or likely to become responsible) for developing and leading strategy for organizations, business units and functional teams in the public or private sector.