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An intensive professional development training course on

Leading &
Managing through
Strategic Planning & Innovation

Developing Deliverable Strategies

Why Choose this Training Course?

In this Leading & Managing through Strategic Planning & Innovation two week training course, both strategic leaders and first line professionals will participate in how to develop, implement and structure the changes necessary to make a new strategy, vision or mission work effectively in today’s dynamic climate. Week one focuses on the development of the core strategies and plan to make the organization reach its vision or targets, while week two drills deeper into the organization to develop techniques that get the workforce “on-board” with the changes and have them participate in working out the problems and implementing the new strategies. It is strongly suggested that strategic leaders attend both weeks.

Effective strategic leadership is central to the future success of any organisation. This starts with defining a clear strategic vision – setting out the leadership team’s strategic intent for the organisation and its various businesses. This then needs to be translated into an agenda for action – not merely a ‘strategic plan’ but a set of guidelines or a road map clearly setting out where the business needs to go and empowering managers at all levels to make the multitude of decisions that they need to make in the clear understanding of where the business is heading.

The Structure

This highly informative training course consists of two modules which can be booked as a 10 Day Training programme, or as individual 5 Day courses.

Module 1 - Strategic Planning, Development & Implementation

Module 2 - Smart Leadership

What are the Goals?

This intensive ten day AZTech training course will help you learn how to:

  • Develop the three key strategic agendas for leaders – Intellectual, Managerial and Behavioural
  • Identify the most effective balance of Operational Excellence and Breakthrough Strategic Performance
  • Identify critical strategic issues and opportunities
  • Practice and encourage your people to think differently and workout new initiatives and innovate
  • Change your environment to support your new strategic initiatives

Who is this Training Course for?

This AZTech training course is designed for current and potential strategic leaders and first line managers at all levels of medium to large organisations. The content and delivery style are suited to professionals responsible or likely to become responsible for developing and leading strategy for organisations, business units and functional teams in the public or private sector.

How will this Training Course be Presented?

This AZTech training course includes a wide range of techniques used to teach an understanding on how an organization gains their market edge by developing new ideas that outperform all competitors in their markets. These ideas, often called "Blue Ocean Strategies", together with traditional methods used to develop innovative plans, are facilitated in a combination of team activities, videos, and case studies facilitated by a very experienced strategic planning consultant.

The Course Content

Module 1: Strategic Planning, Development & Implementation

Day One: Understanding the Strategic Environment

  • Understanding the strategic leadership competencies – intellect, management and behaviors
  • Recognizing and interpreting forces in the strategic environment
  • Understanding strategic inflection points and strategic scenarios
  • Formulating strategic vision and expressing strategic intent
  • Analyzing and prioritizing strategic issues


Day Two: Understanding Strategic Models and Paradigms

  • The strategic journey – common models and frameworks for strategic thinking
  • Developing a strategic roadmap
  • Recognizing and developing the characteristics of strategic agility
  • Understanding and leveraging strategic competences and skills
  • Defining the outcomes


Day Three: Effective Strategic Implementation

  • Strategic implementation tools and frameworks
  • Structures and systems for strategic agility and performance
  • Identifying strategic horizons and using the 7S framework
  • Analyzing the key elements for implementation
  • Measurement, analysis and knowledge management


Day Four: Strategic Leadership

  • Preparing for the future
  • Effective styles and practices for strategic leadership
  • Recognizing, analyzing and developing the strategic leadership styles used by you and others
  • Developing inspiration and motivation
  • Communicating the road map and gathering support


Day Five: Driving Strategic Performance & Success

  • Transforming the organization to enable strategic success
  • Monitoring and adjustment
  • Balancing the focus on performance and strategy
  • Spreading leadership capabilities throughout the organization
  • Maximizing organizational learning and knowledge transfer to embed strategic success


Module 2:  Smart Leadership

Day Six: Encouraging a Creative Climate at Work

  • Innovative leadership for excellent performance
  • The Critical mass for change and innovation
  • Innovation VS Constant Improvement
  • How a Leader Creates a Culture of Innovation
  • Case Study on Most Innovative Companies
  • Innovation and current business breakthroughs


Day Seven: Gaining the Participation of the Workforce

  • The G.E. “Workout” Strategy for engaging Employees
  • Gaining the “Buy-In” from the workforce
  • Developing Creative Solutions for problems and new Strategies
  • Overcoming old Paradigms
  • Dealing with Organizational “Drift”
  • Case Study on Gaining Empowerment


Day Eight: Leading with the Creative Edge

  • Developing Creative Potential in People and Teams
  • Managing Creative People
  • Learning new Thinking Skills
  • Learn New Brainstorming Techniques
  • How to Incubate New Ideas
  • Gaining Collaboration in the Workforce
  • Creative Group Exercise: Identifying new business processes


Day Nine: Creating a Motivating Climate for Higher Productivity

  • The Ten Key Elements to Setting up New Missions
  • Setting Goals and Targets Creatively
  • Creating a “Sense of Significance”
  • Using Emotional Intelligence to Motivate people
  • Rewarding Performance
  • The Four Step “Pygmalion” theory
  • Group and Team Motivators


 Day Ten: Driving Strategic Change

  • Managing the Change Process
  • Kotter’s Change Management Techniques
  • Successful techniques for Changing People
  • How a Leader Communicates a Sense of Urgency
  • How to Overcome the Pitfalls of Change
  • Creating an Attitude of Constant Change
  • Course Review

The Certificate

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

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