An intensive professional development training course on

Effective Planning Skills

Using linear or non-linear planning tools

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Why Choose this Training Course?

This 2-day training course will present the context for organisational planning: distinguishing between ‘doing right things’ and ‘doing things right’. Day 1 will focus on organisational and strategic issues, whilst day 2 will focus on the managers’ role in implementing plans. To ensure that operational and project plans are aligned to the organisation’s overall aims, participants will develop ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Vision and Mission statements. They will take part in objective setting exercises, practicing SMART objectives. In day 2, the focus will be on managing performance, using appraisals and performance reviews effectively, inter-personal skills, accountability and responsibility.

This course will feature:

  • The importance of a ‘big picture’ view
  • The relevance of Vision and Mission
  • Developing SMART objectives
  • Managing staff performance: giving constructive feedback
  • Decision processes – being accountable


What are the Goals

By the end of this training course participants will be able to…

  • Understand the importance of organisational Vision, Mission and Goals
  • Understand the importance of decision-making and accountability
  • Develop SMART objectives
  • Deliver constructive feedback
  • Manage staff performance confidently


Who is this Training Course For?

This training course is suitable for a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Managers at all levels with direct reports
  • Team Leaders
  • Managers in service functions e.g. IT, Procurement, HR
  • Managers with budget responsibilities
  • Project managers


How will this Training Course be Presented?

This training course will utilise a variety of proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of information presented. The training course will be highly interactive including group exercises, role plays and thinking pairs aimed at giving participants a safe environment in which to practice new skills.


The Course Content

Day One: Developing Planning Skills
  • Understanding the difference between ‘doing things right’ and ‘doing right things’
  • Developing Vision and Mission statements
  • Developing SMART objectives
  • Understanding the challenge of aligning objectives
  • Developing linear and non-linear roadmaps
Day Two: Developing Management & Leadership Skills
  • Understanding key attributes of successful managers (and leaders)
  • Delivering constructive feedback
  • Understanding the elements of managing performance
  • Carrying out effective reviews and appraisals
  • Understanding decision-making and accountability

The Certificate

  • Aztech Certificate of Completion for delegates who attend and complete the training course


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