Scenario Planning and Strategic Thinking

GIBS Business School

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GIBS Business School

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In order to keep the company that you are managing or your own business competitive, you need to have a clear plan of action, in other words, you must...

Who should attend

  • Chief executives, functional heads, general managers;
  • Business consultants, analysts and strategy advisors;
  • Leaders who work in uncertain and changing environments who wish to set and execute competitive strategy effectively and;
  • Teams in organisations who wish to develop a future strategy for their business, department or team (useful for a group from the same organisation).

About the course

How to plan and think strategically in a complex and uncertain environment

While change and complexity in our world accelerates at an increasing rate, the challenge is that we continue to use linear thinking and tools to set strategy. It has become clear that we need new ways to think, decide and organise in order to cope and adapt. Scenario planning demonstrates a different way to think about an uncertain future — and presents new models for strategic decision making and organising. This is a practical program that teaches you how to build a scenario plan and think strategically in uncertain environments. We use case studies, examples — and give you the opportunity to build your own scenario plan during the program.

How you will benefit:

After attending this programme, delegates will be able to:

  • Create the pre-conditions for achieving strategic insight;
  • Define your strategy;
  • Improve the quality of your decisions by:
  • Asking the right questions;
  • Using the right tools;
  • Collecting the right information and;
  • Managing the bias in your decision making;
  • Define your business idea to provide the focus for scenario planning;
  • Conduct an environment scan;
  • Build alternative scenarios of the future;
  • Test the robustness of your current business model in the future;
  • Assemble your strategy into a coherent and compelling story to be used both internally and externally and;
  • Select the appropriate tools for setting strategic direction in uncertainty

Key focus Areas of this programme:

  • The mind of the strategist — understanding the role of the brain and enhancing the quality of strategic thinking;
  • Using Decision Intelligence to improve the quality of strategic decisions in uncertain environments;
  • Key principles of scenario planning and the scenario planning process;
  • Defining the business idea;
  • Scanning the environment;
  • Building alternative scenarios of the future and testing our current business model;
  • Defining the future strategy;
  • Communicating the future strategy;
  • Executing the future strategy and;
  • Examples and case studies of scenario planning processes

Experts

Norman Chorn

Norman Chorn assists organisation to improve their performance through strategic thinking and organisational design – particularly in conditions of complexity and uncertainty. By integrating principles of neuroscience with strategy and economics – he achieves innovative approaches to strategy, or...

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