High Impact Strategic Planning

This course puts the critical pieces of the strategy puzzle together in a straightforward way that increases process understanding and the ability to implement a set of proven analytic and design tools. Case studies and participants’ own organizational examples are used to illustrate and deepen the lessons.

In this course you will:

  • Learn about the purpose, origins, and alternative approaches to effective strategic planning.
  • Learn how to apply the seven core steps of an integrated best-practice strategic plan.
  • Learn what conditions are necessary to implement such a plan.

As a manager, your organization’s success depends on effective strategic leadership. This course is designed to help you understand the challenges and opportunities that define the moment, what needs to be done, and how to mobilize people and resources with purpose and urgency.

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The workshop is divided into the following three segments:

  1. Strategic context: Examine the purpose and possibilities for strategic planning by considering a range of professional approaches and the rationales that lie behind each of them. A review of the ten most influential strategy models provides a comprehensive starting point.
  2. Core method: Learn to apply the seven step high impact strategic planning process as a way to effectively manage the strategy process. A set of best practice methods is introduced for each of the seven steps.
  3. Cutting edge practices: Explore exciting new practices in strategic planning, including business model design and applied dialectical reasoning.

Seven Step High Impact Strategic Planning Process

Alex Lowy

Alex Lowy consults widely as a strategic advisor and educator, helping organizations around the world address major dilemmas in a systematic and effective manner. His clients have included technology firms (HP, IBM), banks (CIBC, BMO) resources companies (Shell) and government (Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Metropolitan Toronto Police Force)....
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  • Dates and Fees

    Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – SOLD OUT

    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    $795 + HST

    Parking is included.

    This course is currently being offered as part of the Executive Management Program.

  • Who Should Attend?

    • Middle managers
    • Senior managers
    • Board members
    • Government officials
    • Not-for-profit
  • Testimonial

    “Really great, so much good information in just one day. I really liked how the instructor provided additional reading materials.”

    — Ellen Kennedy
    Mapleview Shopping Centre
    (General Manager)

  • The Setting

    Classes are held at the:

    DeGroote School of Business
    Ron Joyce Centre
    4350 South Service Road
    Burlington, ON
    L7L 5R8

    The Ron Joyce Centre is easily accessible from the QEW and Go train service.

  • Learn More

    For more information, please contact Lynn Petruzzella, Program Manager, at petruzl@mcmaster.ca or by telephone at 905-525-9140 Ext. 20509.

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