Beyond Strategic Thinking: Three Dimensions of Success

This is an open programme and an in-house training course. For further information and pricing contact [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.


So you understand the importance of achieving and maintaining a shared vision of the future in your organisation; you probably know about key strategy tools such as SWOT and PESTLE.  Maybe you have a strategic plan. What next?  

This interactive and practical event builds on the foundations of strategic thinking and goes beyond it to explore

  • how to innovate boldly
  • how to adapt rapidly
  • and how to implement successfully

Understanding these three ingredients of success is vital to ensure that you can deliver on strategic goals in a rapidly changing environment. This live virtual seminar will take you though these steps to enable you to operate more successfully in your current and future roles.

Who should attend and why?

You should attend this live virtual seminar if you are involved in any leadership role or are involved in developing and delivering strategy. You may also wish to attend to gain useful new insights that will enable you to progress further in your career. The issues addressed in this event apply across the public, private and voluntary sectors. The event is designed to be of benefit whether or not you have had previous experience of strategy, innovation, adaptability and implementation issues.

How will you benefit from attending?

You will learn how to think, plan and act more effectively in your current role, and you will learn how to use this knowledge and these new skills to make impactful contributions to your team and organisational goals. 

Learning Objectives

By attending this event you will gain an understanding of three keys that will take you beyond the basics of strategic thinking to be able to innovate, adapt and deliver, even in challenging circumstances. Specifically, you will:

  • Understand the need to make trade-offs and focus efforts
  • Explore tools to produce innovative approaches for achieving goals
  • Appreciate different ways of adapting, experimenting and learning from both failure and success
  • Gain new insights into successful implementation and delivery

This is an open programme and an in-house training course. For further information and pricing contact [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.


Session One Introduction
What Are We Moving Beyond? Strategy Essentials

  • Limitations of linear planning approaches
  • Limitations of top-down approaches
  • The need to make challenging trade-offs
  • The need to focus
  • The need for clarity on the how
  • The link between strategy and innovation, adaptation and implementation

Session Two
Bold Innovation

  • The magic of questions
  • Creativity tools
  • “Frugal innovation”
  • Strategic and operational innovation
  • Filtering ideas
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Making the case for change

Session Three
Rapid Adaptation

  • Why you need more than just innovation
  • Why it is hard to learn from failure (but even harder not to)
  • Embracing uncertainty
  • Experimentation as strategy?
  • Flexible organisations and teams
  • Creating an organisation that can adapt to unknown risks


Session Four
Successful Implementation

  • Projects and successful implementation
  • Involving the right expertise
  • Thinking front-line from the start
  • Alignment, Measurement and Management
  • Considering internal issues and the external environment
  • Accountability without a blame culture
  • Complexity and systemic factors
  • Clear and targeted communications
  • Designing implementation plans

Session Five
Bringing It Altogether – Changing Your Approach

  • Discussion of how to overcome barriers to changing an organisation’s approach
  • Using coaching approaches to facilitate transformation
  • Delegates present action plans for how they can improve their organisation/ team’s ability innovate, adapt and deliver


Our training seminars are based on

  • A vast reservoir of knowledge about effective, delivery-focused approaches that are designed to enable you to achieve better results in your place of work
  • Expert practitioner and thought-leader experience, covering a comprehensive range of practical knowledge and people skills, to help you to work more productively
  • International perspectives and experience, enabling transferability and applicability wherever in the world you are from

Our training team

  • Our L&D team have all had successful careers as practitioners in their fields of expertise. They bring their experience, knowledge and skills to support the professional development of other public servants
  • Our team all now work as professional trainers, blending practitioner experience with professionally designed L&D solutions
  • Between them, our team have provided training for more than 100,000 public servants from 120 countries

Our training ethos

  • We deliver people-focused training designed to help you perform better
  • We provide practical insights, based on years of experience about what works, combined with practical methods to help you to make it work effectively in your own organisation
  • We are here to help you to perform better

This is an open programme and an in-house training course. For further information and pricing contact [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.