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Strategic & Analytical Thinking Course (1 day)

Our Thinking Strategically course will show you why strategy is important and how to start thinking strategically within your own organisation.

Course Description

Strategic thinking abilities really can improve your own performance and that of your company. Strategic thinking is all about dealing with uncertainty, questioning the status quo and using a mixture of creative and analytical skills. You will discover some of the key strategic theories, learn how organisations develop and implement strategy and strategic planning, and try out the key tools used in strategy analysis and formulation.


Strategy – The Basics

  • The five steps strategic planning model
  • Where are we now? SWOT & PESTLE analysis
  • Where do we want to get to? – defining success & the role of the mission & vision
  • What have we got to be good at to get there
  • Creating an identity & values
  • Translating into SMART objectives – strategy & leadership
  • Translation into commercial plans
  • Forecasting & budgeting – the financial implications
  • Project accounting – discounted cash flows
  • Risk analysis
  • Reviews
  • Strategic business planning
  • Improving margins through delivery value
  • Cost control and efficiency programmes
  • Short term action planning
  • Long term vision setting

Who Should Attend

This course is for managers who want to develop their commercial awareness, and strategic thinking capabilities, so that they can influence the direction of their business and deliver to their full potential.