Political Thinking

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.


The workshop will explore the concept of political thinking, what it is, what it is used for, and why it is useful for you in your professional role. It will enable you to build a framework for political thinking and a range of effective, yet simple, tools and techniques that can be used in day-to-day work to support the decision-making process.

Who is the seminar designed for?

The seminar has been designed for managers and team members at all levels who are involved in strategic planning within their organization or beyond it. It is for everyone who wishes to improve their understanding of the processes of political thinking, how to apply these to your own thought proceses, and how to use this knowledge to best effect in your place of work, whether in remote or hybrid locations.

How will you benefit from attending?

You will:

  • Be able to demystify political work and political thinking
  • Participants will be given tools to have greater confidence and ability in formulating effective support to political decision-makers and others
  • Participants will be able to contribute more effectively to building the reputation of their organisation and enhancing its impact

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the concept of political thinking and learn how to apply if to best effect
  • Learn a systematic approach to thinking
  • Learn how to understand the bigger picture, as well as the detail within it that will together enable you to make better decisions
  • Learn how to apply techniques for implementation
  • Learn how to assess risk and cope with scrutiny
  • Understand the transferability of the ideas, principles and processes of political thinking into different cultural, national and organisational contexts

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 The Essentials
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • What is “political thinking”? Definitions and essentials
  • A framework for political thinking: a systematic approach
  • Facilitated Discussion
Session Two The Bigger Picture
  • The bigger picture: setting a vision, understanding the issue, decision-making
  • The components of the policy landscape and key players (people and institutions and the interconnections)
  • Who/what exercises power and influence
  • Creating a vision: what matters and why
  • What’s the desired outcome?
  • Understanding the needs and thought processes of political decision makers
  • Sharing of delegate perspectives
Session Three Implementation and Reality Testing       
  • The bigger picture: Implementation and reality testing
  • Assessing how the agreed policy/decision will work in the real world
  • Facilitated delegate discussion
Session Four Risk and Scrutiny
  • Risk and scrutiny
  • Understanding the nature of risk in political work
  • Awareness of the perspectives of those who scrutinise decisions and those who have to promote/defend them
  • Communicating decision
  • Learning lessons
  • Review of the day and final delegate input

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.