England & Wales

Workshop: Understanding Strategic Thinking


This workshop is ideal for managers or specialists who have a strategic role or who are looking to develop a better understanding and skills in the area of longer team planning and strategy. Essentially this is about effective change management and creating a coherent vision of the future at team, function and organisational level.

Strategy or being ‘strategic’ can by its very nature seem quite a vague concept in organisations although a term that is frequently used. The training is designed to cut through that mist and provide a clear understanding and the tools to think strategically but also to influence and implement strategy. The workshop will particularly focus on the challenges of creative strategic thinking in a politically led and fast changing organisation. This is about thinking strategically rather than strategic planning!

Key Outcomes

  • A clear understanding of what strategic thinking means in your organisations and how it is used.
  • Understanding the role of strategic thinking in the overall process of strategic management
  • Developing strategies to work with a more strategic mindset and to influence the organisation to think and operate more strategically
  • A chance to consider the use of specific strategic thinking ‘tools’


09:30    Registration & Refreshments

10:00     Welcome and Introduction

10:15     Coming to terms with the ambiguity of Strategic Thinking;

What it can mean in Practice

10:45     The difference between strategic thinking and strategic planning

11:00     Strategic approaches used in your organisation and barriers

11:30     Break

11:40     Learning as an organisation and a ‘viral’ approach

12:00     The competencies of a strategic thinker

12:45     Lunch

13:30     Creative v critical thinking

14:15     A strategic approach to change – Tools and techniques

14:45     The systems thinking approach

15:30     An inclusive approach and cultural change

15:45     Strategic personal development!

16:00    Close


Workshop: Understanding Strategic Thinking

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for Managers and Elected Members looking to develop more strategic and creative responses to the challenges faced by Authorities. It is also useful for those with strategic roles in organisational change and policy making.


Keith Crampton, Wiz Training and Development Ltd.

Keith is an experienced trainer, coach and facilitator specialising in Local Government but with experience in private sector organisations as well as charities. Specialising in organisational and culture change Keith has worked with Authorities of all types. His experience before forming Wiz was as a Training and Organisational Development specialist working in both Local Government and the NHS. He brings an enthusiastic and engaging approach coupled with a focus on achieving real improvements in individual and organisational performance.