Who should attend
This program is for public servants who are participating in or leading a strategic exercise, large or small, who want to make their strategy responsive and resilient in current and future environments.
About the course
This course was previously offered biannually at the Centre on Public Management and Policy (at Odell House) under the course name "Strategic Thinking" and is now being hosted by Telfer Executive Programs.
Strategic thinking is increasingly important in the development and implementation of government policy and programs. It is also a critical leadership competency for executives in the Public Service; they must be able to assess an issue in depth and from multiple perspectives. This program focuses on enabling participants to apply strategic thinking principles to public sector issues. It provides practical tools for public servants participating in or leading a strategy-building team. The program will focus on highlighting the attributes of a strategic thinker, strategic thinking tools, and demonstrating the use of strategic thinking in public policy processes – all illustrated through discussions, exercises, and real-life examples.
As part of this program, participants will use a real-life strategic issue that they are currently working on to explore the potential of specific strategic thinking tools to refine their issue during the course. The tools taught are immediately transferable to the workplace.
The facilitators bring many years of experience in applying strategic thinking to public service and political issues, and have taught this course to hundreds of federal and provincial public servants. This program has been recommended to provincial public servants by the Government of Ontario as the program of choice for strategic thinking skills for the past eight years.
What You Will Learn
- The many dimensions of strategy
- Leading with strategic thinking
- Questioning, mapping, framing, and seeing plausible futures
- Dealing with complexity
- Connecting strategic thinking to policy development
You will acquire new skills to enable you to:
- Become a strategic thinker
- Use practical tools to expand your horizons and improve your strategy
- Become a 360 degree thinker
- Enhance a core leadership skill
Greg Fyffe served in ADM positions in Solicitor General, Citizenship and Immigration, and the Privy Council Office, where he was Executive Director of the Intelligence Assessment Secretariat (2000-2008). After retiring from the Public Service he was a senior fellow with the Advanced Leadership Pr...
Thomas Townsend served in Senior positions in Employment and Social Development Canada (Applied Research, Learning Branch) Correctional Services (Offender Programs, CORCAN). He was Executive Head of the Policy Research Initiative (Now Horizons Canada) and was Canada's representative for Health an...
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.