High Impact Strategic Planning

Your organization’s success depends on effective strategic leadership.

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This interactive course puts the critical pieces of the strategy puzzle together in a way that increases process understanding and the ability to implement a set of proven analytic and design tools.

 Why take this course?

  • 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.

 Course Overview

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. We will also be introducing the COVID Strategy Modeler, a way to quickly identify and address the key risks and opportunities to your organization.

 ***IMPORTANT NOTE – It is recommended that this course be taken prior to “Best Practices in Strategy Execution“.

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This course can be customized to your organization’s needs and can be delivered online, onsite or at the Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington.  For more information, click here.

Facilitator Information

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). He is an adjunct faculty member at four business schools (DeGroote in Hamilton, Schulich in Toronto, Saint Mary’s in Halifax and Memorial in Newfoundland) where he teaches business strategy and critical thinking skills to executives. He writes extensively on the topic of strategy and decision-making, with articles in such journals as Strategy & Leadership, Business 2.0 and Group & Organization Studies.

Alex is co-author of several best-selling business books including The Power of the 2 x 2 Matrix (Jossey Bass, 2004, with Phil Hood) and Digital Capital (Harvard Business School Press, 2000, with Don Tapscott & David Ticoll). His most recent book, No Problem, was published in 2007, and is being taught in business schools in Canada, the USA and Malaysia.



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  • Dates and Fees

    Fall 2020 Session:

    Monday, October 19 (9am–12pm)

    Tuesday, October 20 (9am–12pm)

    Wednesday, November 18 (1pm–2pm) Program Follow Up

    **Pre and Post readings will be required

    $750.00 + HST

    $700+ HST per course if you sign up for 5 or more courses.*Registration for all 5 courses must be done in the same transaction.

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  • Who Should Attend?

    • Senior and mid-level managers
    • Strategic and business planners
    • Consultants interested in increasing successful implementation of strategic planning efforts
  • The Setting

    This is an online course.

    If you’d like more information about our online format, please contact Lynn at petruzl@mcmaster.ca.

  • Learn More

    For more information, please contact Lynn Petruzzella at petruzl@mcmaster.ca.