Strategy for Future-Ready Growth

Rotman School of Management

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Rotman School of Management


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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

Managers, directors and executives who are responsible for strategy planning and implementation across both public and private sectors and industries

About the course

Supercharge your strategic capabilities with two powerful frameworks

Strategy is about choice—explicitly choosing what you will and will not do to win with customers and against your competition. A winning strategy should leverage your strengths and build on your team’s capabilities.

But strategy only works this way when you have your people behind you. As Peter Drucker, the grandfather of business strategy says, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Build your culture, while you build your strategy so your team is making the same choices and focusing on the same things.

Rotman’s Strategy for Future-Ready Growth program gives you two proven frameworks to help you harness the power of opposing ideas, maximize competitive advantage, and reduce workplace tensions. Set, refine, and sustain effective strategies with Playing to Win and Integrative Thinking: two frameworks used by global powerhouses.

As leaders you need to not only choose between competing ideas but to innovate and create new opportunities for your business and your organization. Playing to Win will help your team generate ideas that align with your organization’s strengths and weaknesses.

Then, rather than choosing between them and losing out on potential value, you’ll use Integrative Thinking to leverage these ideas into powerful innovations that build your leadership and new opportunities for your organization. The result? A strategy that is action-oriented, future-ready, and market-leading.

What is Playing to Win?

Playing to Win, developed by Roger L. Martin, is a proven approach to strategy used by leading organizations around the world. This approach defines a winning strategy as a compelling and unique set of answers to five interconnected and reinforcing questions:

  • What is your winning aspiration?
  • Where will you play?
  • How will you win?
  • What capabilities must you have?
  • What management systems do you need?

By working through the Playing to Win framework, you’ll generate ideas that are targeted, practical, and applicable – not just the choice of the loudest voice in the room. Learn to cultivate a strategy that aligns with your organization’s competencies, as well as it’s culture.

The process used to develop strategy is amplified by Integrative Thinking, which provides an innovative set of tools to help resolve the tension between different ideas by leveraging their differences to create new strategic possibilities.

What you’ll get...

  • Two powerful and innovative approaches developed by leading management thinker, Roger L. Martin
  • Discover how to embrace opposing ideas to create a winning strategy for your project, business or organization
  • Build confidence through testing before fully committing to your strategy
  • Gain comfort with these approaches through hands-on practice and feedback
  • Playing to Win and Creating Great Choices


Day 1

  • Overview Playing to Win strategy + Integrative Thinking
  • Current Strategy and problem framing
  • Generating strategic possibilities using Integrative Thinking
  • Live feedback rounds

Day 2

  • Generating strategic possibilities through creativity and innovation
  • Identify barriers and tests
  • Applying your unique context
  • Productive communication

I need this program because

  • Our team and organization aren’t clear on our strategic choices and why we can win the marketplace.
  • Our team or organization lacks a strategic framework to make choices to do some things and not others.
  • I often find myself in a nearly impossible position—I want different ideas but feel forced to choose when they are in tension with each other and I wish I didn’t have to.
  • I want to debate ideas but it becomes all about the interpersonal dynamics between leaders, and the ideas and our teams suffer.
  • I want my team to stay open to the potential of ideas but we often find ourselves identifying the drawbacks far too early.


Stefanie Schram

Stefanie Schram is a Senior Associate at Rotman DesignWorks at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management where she bridges the human dimensions of design with practical applications in business. She leads the Business Design co-curricular initiative, enabling MBA students to build t...

Josie Fung

Josie Fung is the Managing Director for the Pivot Point Group. In this role, she advises and collaborates with leaders to build their capacity in innovation and strategy by unlocking insights that unveil new opportunities. Josie collaborated with Roger Martin, Jennifer Riel and Stefanie Schram o...

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Strategy courses contain a large amount of practice. You will be able to analyze the company's performance and make a strategic development plan. All practices are based on real cases that each of you may encounter. The courses will also introduce yo...

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