Strategic Thinking


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  • 2 days
  • in person

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Who should attend

If you are a manager, director or leaders who needs strategic thinking skills to gain better business insights and identify trends that can contribute to a more successful business strategy, this programme is right for you.

About the course

Develop a strategic mindset to increase the success of your strategic plans.

Learn how to strengthen your strategic thinking skills and encourage it in others. Attend this intensive 2-day strategic thinking training programme focused on practical learning, designed and facilitated by business people that understand your challenges and will guide you to find effective solutions.

Your immediate takeaway:

  • Learn to recognise patterns that impact strategy and enhance your abilities to generate new insights and ideas
  • Come to your next strategic planning session with the best possible strategic ideas
  • Help your business move forward in an increasingly competitive world

This strategic thinking training course combines proven-by-practice methods with new insights and ideas that will grow your strategic thinking skills. You will gain a wider perspective of strategy through breakout sessions, exercises, and case applications.

How will you benefit?

After participating in this programme, you will grow your strategic thinking skills & competencies and be able to:

  • Explore ways to challenge your assumptions and view your business in a new light
  • Learn and apply different thinking methods to avoid groupthink
  • Control reactive fixes to problems even in an uncertain business environment
  • Generate new ideas and evaluate future scenarios before your competitors do
  • Know when to embrace necessary risk, even if resources and information are limited
  • Learn to create better short-term goals that support long-term strategy

During the programme you will:

  • Network and learn with a diverse group of peers from different industries and countries in an international environment
  • Develop a personal action plan to implement back at work
  • Learn and practise new skills using real-business-world examples and exercises over 2 interactive days

What will you learn and practice?

Strategic Thinking is a 2-day hands-on training programme, highly interactive with exercises and role plays. The programme will be led by an experienced facilitator with former management experience in international companies.

Strategic Thinking Course Outline:

  • Learning Objectives
    • Leverage New Skills to Support Your Strategic Thinking Every Day
    • Apply a Process to Envision Your Organization’s Desired Future
    • Recognise the Influences Within and Outside Your Organization That Could Support or Derail Your Future Goals
    • Identify the Changes Necessary to Reach Your Future Goals
    • Expand the Number of Perspectives That Influence Your Moves Forward
    • Create a Plan for Building Skills and Testing Your Ideas
  • Context of Strategic Thinking
    • Define Strategic Thinking and Recognise How It Can Be Used in Your Day-to-Day Work
    • Compare and Contrast Strategic Thinking to Analytical Thinking, Critical Thinking, and Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
    • Identify the Characteristics of Strategic Thinkers
  • Strategic Thinking Process and Skills
    • Explain a Model for Strategic Thinking in Day-to-Day Activities and Work Applications
    • List Skills and Tools That Can Be Used to Support Strategic Thinking
  • Assess the Current State
    • Identify the Influences and Relationships at Different Levels of an Organization That Can Impact a Strategy
    • Recognise and Identify Patterns of Interaction and Development That Are Likely to Influence the Effectiveness of a Strategy
    • Incorporate Multiple Perspectives on a Possible Strategy, and Assess Different Influences on the Potential Success
  • Envision a Desired Future State
    • Envision a Desired Future State
    • Recognise and Use Thinking Skills That Support Imagining New Ways of Relating to the Market and Customers
  • Build Your Path on Paper
    • Identify and Sequence the Multiple Steps to Move from the Current State of the Issue/Opportunity to the Desire Future State
    • Anticipate the Reactions/Responses of Others in the Larger Systems Impacting Your Situation
    • Identify and Conduct Experiments and Tests That Point Your Way Forward
  • Implement Your Strategic Knowledge and Skills
    • Assess What You Gained from Applying Strategic Thinking Tools to Your Project
    • Anticipate Pitfalls You May Encounter as a Strategic Thinker
    • Create an Action Plan for Development of Strategic Thinking Skills


Andreas Matje

Andreas gathered experience both in academics (about 5 years) as well as in business where he occupied various positions during his 10 years in the manufacturing industry and more than 12 years in the oil & gas industry. He developed international management and leadership skills due to the f...

Juan Carlos Garcia

Juan Carlos is a seasoned executive professional with over 20 years of experience in consulting and industry. In both arenas he has developed an expertise in integrating sales and operations teams, ensuring company response, operational efficiency and financial performance, leading change and war...

Philippe Buyze

Philippe’s extensive international expertise in People and Organization development, leadership, strategy and management development has been built over a 30-year career in key Human Resources roles and senior positions in Information Management, Planning and Finance with international companies ...

Frank De Keyzer

Frank De Keyzer specialises in innovative enterprise strategies and creative marketing which he brings to MCE’s leadership, innovation and marketing & sales curricula. Frank has worked in a wide range of functions in general management, product and marketing management, product development, d...

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