Strategic Planning

Today, more than ever, organisations must capitalise on a changing business environment, improve effectiveness and overall productivity, formulate and implement a planning process, and make better strategic decisions. Alpha's Strategic Planning training workshop will provide you with the skills you need to create and develop an effective strategic plan that gives specific direction and yet is flexible enough to change and modify.  

One of the key characteristics of high performance organisations and teams is they have a clear picture of what they are trying to create together and are aligned around it. A Strategic Plan communicates that vision to the stakeholders of the organisation. Strategic planning determines where an organisation is going over the next year or more, how it's going to get there and how it'll know if it got there or not. Far more important than the strategic plan document, is the planning process itself. In short, Strategic Planning Skills give you a systems approach to visualising your future. It shows how to plan and put plans to work improving morale and productivity. The strategic planning system aligns long-range visions such as mission statements with the essential levels of short-range functional targets.

This workshop is designed to lead participants through the Strategic Planning process from identifying a Vision for the planning horizon, identifying strategic goals Objectives for achieving the Vision, and finally developing Strategic Goals, Tactics and Action Plans. This workshop presents the principles of strategic planning in an up-to-date format that recognises the competitive challenges facing organisations today.

The program is designed to ensure every member of the company not only understands their role in implementation but that they understand and are involved in both the development and execution of the planning process.

Who should attend

This course is designed for business professionals, executives and senior managers involved in the planning and implementing process, and general managers who are responsible for implementation.

Course Contents

§       Why strategic planning is important?

§       Understanding the strategic planning process and the phases of strategic planning.

§       Requirements for the strategic planning process.

§       Types of strategies – Horizontal and Vertical Strategies. Cost, value, and differentiation strategies.

§       Planning Horizon and levels of planning.

§       Models of strategic planning process – the 7S model, Blakerby model and Ashridge model.

§       The 10 Step model of strategic planning.

§       Preparation for strategic planning process

§       How to develop the organisation’s Vision, Mission and Values

§       Strategic analysis methods and tools.

§       Forecasting and decision techniques

§       Formulating Goals and objectives

§       The planning process

§       Implementation

§       Performance measure

§       Evaluation

§       The profile of an effective planning team

§       Identify threats to and opportunities for your organization.


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