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Staring up a new company, partaking in a major venture, or just opening a new fiscal year can bring many stress-inducing questions. Are you ready for unexpected challenges? Do you have enough time and resources to achieve goals? Do you have a long-term vision? Developing a strategy for the future takes some creative thinking and a deep understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of your organization.

This program will help your organization develop a strategic plan that is right for your needs, and will give you the tools to stick to and implement the plan effectively. As a result you will be able to handle unforeseen problems, gain unexpected profits, be better able to analyze and weigh options, and be a visionary for the future.

Course Objectives

Successful completion of this course will increase your ability to:

  • Identify the elements of an effective strategic planning model
  • Identify a good foundation for creating a strategic team
  • Discover your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats when setting directions
  • Define strategic values
  • Participate in a strategic planning effort
  • Avoid common pitfalls that derail strategic plans

Key Topics Covered

This course explores the following subjects in depth:

  • Checking for organizational readiness
  • Understanding basic guidelines and steps to strategic planning
  • Differentiating between illusion and reality in visionary companies
  • How to develop a visioning statement
  • Components of SWOT analysis
  • Methods for analyzing your external environment
  • Extracting goals from your strategic agenda