Strategic Thinking Training for Operational Management

Level: Intermediate
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Add value to your organization by aligning department goals with your organization’s strategic vision and mission. In this Strategic Thinking training course, you learn to plan and implement change to meet stakeholder needs, create an innovative culture that takes advantage of the department's core competencies, and gain the leadership skills to effectively integrate strategic thinking with daily operations.

Key Features of this Strategic Thinking Training:

  • After-course instructor coaching benefit
  • Learning Tree end-of-course exam included

You Will Learn How To:

  • Leverage strategic thinking at the operational level to add value
  • Maximize operational core competencies to implement organizational strategy
  • Bridge the gap between organizational and operational goals
  • Foster an innovative culture to overcome strategic challenges
  • Develop an effective change process that satisfies stakeholder needs

Certifications/Credits:

PMI 17 PDU

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  • Aug 7 - 9 ( 3 Days)
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Important Strategic Thinking Course Information

Strategic Thinking Course Outline

  • Introduction

    • Strategy: everyone's concern
    • Identifying the strategic challenges facing operational managers
    • What strategy means to operational managers
  • Defining Strategic Thinking

    The key aspects of strategic thinking

    • Distinguishing between strategic thinking and planning
    • Identifying the impact of strategy on operational activity
    • Aligning the organization's vision with reality
    • Creating sustainable competitive advantage

    Creating value for stakeholders

    • Recognizing the importance of stakeholders in the strategy process
    • Satisfying the needs of the stakeholders

    Applying strategic-thinking tools

    • Positioning yourself within the four cycles of operational effectiveness
    • Decoding your environment with PESTLE
    • Analyzing the ecosystem with Porter's Five Forces
  • Leveraging Operational Strengths

    Evaluating operational capabilities

    • Differentiating between organizational and operational competencies
    • Taking inventory of the key strengths within your operation
    • Rating competencies against strategic goals

    Maximizing your unique operational strengths to deliver stakeholder value

    • Optimizing internal processes
    • Shaping opportunities by scanning the external environment
  • Executing Strategy at the Operational Level

    Getting real about the vision

    • Qualifying the gaps between operational and organizational vision
    • Establishing the foundation for realizing goals

    Bridging the strategic gap

    • Questioning assumptions to uncover new solutions and drive new discoveries
    • Managing operational strategic assets
    • Rigorous planning through scenario assessment
    • Quantifying the impact of proposed solutions
  • Creating an Innovative Culture

    Employing an innovation framework

    • The importance of innovation in strategic thinking
    • Promoting nonlinear thinking
    • Generating solutions through value engineering
    • Optimizing solutions by challenging the status quo

    Adapting your culture to satisfy strategic demands

    • Meeting the five preconditions for an innovative culture
    • Facilitating team innovation

    Innovating to create competitive success

    • Qualifying innovation traits
    • Benchmarking objectives against actual performance

    Quantifying the financial metrics

    • Verifying decisions through financial analysis
    • Incorporating a stakeholder perspective
  • Planning for Operational Change

    Weaving change into the fabric of the culture

    • Being proactive in a reactive environment
    • Implementing operational change through people, processes and culture
    • Motivating the team to adopt the change

    Constructing a change process

    • Configuring your resources to encompass change
    • Measuring results through balanced scorecards
  • Securing Stakeholder Commitment

    Communicating for buy-in

    • Applying influencing techniques to overcome resistance
    • Negotiating for resources using win-win approaches

    Maximizing your impact

    • Earning support with entrepreneurial techniques
    • Articulating an elevator pitch that secures commitment

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Important Strategic Thinking Course Information

  • Requirements

    • Experience at the level of:

Strategic Thinking Course Outline

  • Introduction

    • Strategy: everyone's concern
    • Identifying the strategic challenges facing operational managers
    • What strategy means to operational managers
  • Defining Strategic Thinking

    The key aspects of strategic thinking

    • Distinguishing between strategic thinking and planning
    • Identifying the impact of strategy on operational activity
    • Aligning the organization's vision with reality
    • Creating sustainable competitive advantage

    Creating value for stakeholders

    • Recognizing the importance of stakeholders in the strategy process
    • Satisfying the needs of the stakeholders

    Applying strategic-thinking tools

    • Positioning yourself within the four cycles of operational effectiveness
    • Decoding your environment with PESTLE
    • Analyzing the ecosystem with Porter's Five Forces
  • Leveraging Operational Strengths

    Evaluating operational capabilities

    • Differentiating between organizational and operational competencies
    • Taking inventory of the key strengths within your operation
    • Rating competencies against strategic goals

    Maximizing your unique operational strengths to deliver stakeholder value

    • Optimizing internal processes
    • Shaping opportunities by scanning the external environment
  • Executing Strategy at the Operational Level

    Getting real about the vision

    • Qualifying the gaps between operational and organizational vision
    • Establishing the foundation for realizing goals

    Bridging the strategic gap

    • Questioning assumptions to uncover new solutions and drive new discoveries
    • Managing operational strategic assets
    • Rigorous planning through scenario assessment
    • Quantifying the impact of proposed solutions
  • Creating an Innovative Culture

    Employing an innovation framework

    • The importance of innovation in strategic thinking
    • Promoting nonlinear thinking
    • Generating solutions through value engineering
    • Optimizing solutions by challenging the status quo

    Adapting your culture to satisfy strategic demands

    • Meeting the five preconditions for an innovative culture
    • Facilitating team innovation

    Innovating to create competitive success

    • Qualifying innovation traits
    • Benchmarking objectives against actual performance

    Quantifying the financial metrics

    • Verifying decisions through financial analysis
    • Incorporating a stakeholder perspective
  • Planning for Operational Change

    Weaving change into the fabric of the culture

    • Being proactive in a reactive environment
    • Implementing operational change through people, processes and culture
    • Motivating the team to adopt the change

    Constructing a change process

    • Configuring your resources to encompass change
    • Measuring results through balanced scorecards
  • Securing Stakeholder Commitment

    Communicating for buy-in

    • Applying influencing techniques to overcome resistance
    • Negotiating for resources using win-win approaches

    Maximizing your impact

    • Earning support with entrepreneurial techniques
    • Articulating an elevator pitch that secures commitment

Strategic Thinking Training FAQs

  • What is strategic thinking?

    Planning and implementing change to meet stakeholder needs by creating an innovative culture that takes advantage of the department's core competencies, effectively integrating strategic thinking with daily operations.

  • Can I learn strategic thinking online?

    Yes! We know your busy work schedule may prevent you from getting to one of our classrooms which is why we offer convenient online training to meet your needs wherever you want, including online training.

  • Can I earn Professional Development Units for the Strategic Thinking for Operational Management course?

    Yes, you can receive PDUs from the Strategic Thinking for Operational Management course.

    To find out how many PDUs you can receive, check out the PMI Q&A List ›

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