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Move from an Operational Manager to a Strategic Leader

Duration: 1 day
Course Price: $450

Unfortunately, many people who are strong in operations are less comfortable with the ambiguity of strategy. People who avoid ambiguity will avoid strategy-setting discussions. This seminar provides tools to help you become an innovator, a persuasive player, and a champion of strategic change. Through interactive practice sessions, you can close the gap between where you are now and where you want to be. The intention of this seminar is not to train participants to be strategic planners for organizations, rather, the focus is on helping you to develop a strategic mindset so that you can add value and inspire risk-taking and innovation on your team. Developing a strategic mindset will also help prepare you for taking higher levels of responsibility in your organization over time.

Class Length: Full Day

Outline

  • Develop and Balance Operational and Strategic Management Skills (2 hr session)
    • Use a Polarity Map to Illustrate Operational and Strategic Tensions in Your Business or Work Group
    • Establish a Working Definition of Operational Management
    • Identify Key Attributes of Successful Strategic Thinkers
    • Create a Mini Action Plan
  • Clarify Your Current Operational Objectives for Your Team, Customers, and Competitors (2 hr session)
    • Clarify the Purpose of Your Work Group in the Context of Your Organization
    • Draft a Mission Statement Defining the Operational Reality of Your Work Group
    • Use SOAR Analysis to Understand Your Team, Customers, and Competitors
    • Create a Mini Action Plan
  • Practical Dreaming: Move From What Is to What If (2 hr session)
    • Assess Your Customers’ Needs, Wants, and Expectations
    • Learn to Leverage an Importance/Performance Matrix to Set Priorities
    • Develop a Strategic Vision that Creates a Profitable, Sustainable Future for Yourself and Your Organization
    • Create a Mini Action Plan
  • Make It Happen: Influence Key Stakeholders and Inspire Innovation on Your Team
    • Develop Persuasive Skills to Sell Your Strategic Ideas
    • Explore a Range of Options for Influencing Others
    • Assess and Develop Your Ability to Encourage Innovation
    • Develop Key Messages and Prepare Yourself to Communicate Strategically
  • Create a Final Action Plan

Target Audience

Individual contributors, mid-level managers, and senior leaders who are expected to demonstrate competence in operational and strategic areas of their businesses will benefit from this course.

Unfortunately, many people who are strong in operations are less comfortable with the ambiguity of strategy. People who avoid ambiguity will avoid strategy-setting discussions. This seminar provides tools to help you become an innovator, a persuasive player, and a champion of strategic change. Through interactive practice sessions, you can close the gap between where you are now and where you want to be. The intention of this seminar is not to train participants to be strategic planners for organizations, rather, the focus is on helping you to develop a strategic mindset so that you can add value and inspire risk-taking and innovation on your team. Developing a strategic mindset will also help prepare you for taking higher levels of responsibility in your organization over time.

Class Length: Full Day

Outline

  • Develop and Balance Operational and Strategic Management Skills (2 hr session)
    • Use a Polarity Map to Illustrate Operational and Strategic Tensions in Your Business or Work Group
    • Establish a Working Definition of Operational Management
    • Identify Key Attributes of Successful Strategic Thinkers
    • Create a Mini Action Plan
  • Clarify Your Current Operational Objectives for Your Team, Customers, and Competitors (2 hr session)
    • Clarify the Purpose of Your Work Group in the Context of Your Organization
    • Draft a Mission Statement Defining the Operational Reality of Your Work Group
    • Use SOAR Analysis to Understand Your Team, Customers, and Competitors
    • Create a Mini Action Plan
  • Practical Dreaming: Move From What Is to What If (2 hr session)
    • Assess Your Customers’ Needs, Wants, and Expectations
    • Learn to Leverage an Importance/Performance Matrix to Set Priorities
    • Develop a Strategic Vision that Creates a Profitable, Sustainable Future for Yourself and Your Organization
    • Create a Mini Action Plan
  • Make It Happen: Influence Key Stakeholders and Inspire Innovation on Your Team
    • Develop Persuasive Skills to Sell Your Strategic Ideas
    • Explore a Range of Options for Influencing Others
    • Assess and Develop Your Ability to Encourage Innovation
    • Develop Key Messages and Prepare Yourself to Communicate Strategically
  • Create a Final Action Plan

Target Audience

Individual contributors, mid-level managers, and senior leaders who are expected to demonstrate competence in operational and strategic areas of their businesses will benefit from this course.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites for this course

What You Will Cover

Learning Objectives

  • Define Strategy and How Strategic Thinking Can Add Value to Your Organization
  • Understand Strategy Execution Challenges and Key Requirements for Success
  • Explore Where Mission and Vision Fits into Strategic Thinking
  • Learn to Influence Key Stakeholders and Inspire Innovation in Your Team

Develop and Balance Operational and Strategic Management Skills

  • Use a Polarity Map to Illustrate Operational/Strategic Tensions in Your Business or Work Group
  • Establish a Working Definition of Operational Management
  • Identify Key Attributes of Successful Strategic Thinkers
  • Mini Action Plan

Clarify Your Current Operational Objective: Your Team, Your Customers and Your Competitors

  • Clarify the Purpose of Your Work Group in the Context of Your Organization
  • Draft a Mission Statement Defining the Operational Reality of Your Work Group
  • Use SOAR Analysis to Understand Your Team, Your Customers and Your Competitors
  • Mini Action Plan

Practical Dreaming: Move from What Is to What If

  • Assess Customers’ Needs, Wants and Expectations
  • Leverage an Importance/Performance Matrix to Set Priorities
  • Develop a Strategic Vision that Creates a Profitable, Sustainable Future for Yourself and Your Organization
  • Mini Action Plan

Make It Happen: Influence Key Stakeholders & Inspire Innovation on Your Team

  • Develop Persuasive Skills to Sell Your Strategic Ideas
  • Explore a Range of Options for Influencing Others
  • Assess and Develop Your Ability to Encourage Innovation
  • Develop Key Messages and Prepare to Communicate Strategically
  • Final Action Plan
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