How To Become A More Strategic Manager

management training course that gives managers and directors an insight into what real strategy is about. Rather than simply use the seminal models, the course will connect what you and your organisation are trying to achieve with the latest ideas and techniques. [Geoads2] The course’s overarching purpose is to give all participants a real insight into strategy issues, enabling them to change their personal focus of perspective from a tactical, reactive stance, to a more strategic, pro-active one. The style is non-theoretical, practical and interactive with lots of real world examples.

Who Should Attend

Senior managers and directors who wish to gain more understanding of strategy and its different facets. [Geoads3]

Course Objectives

After attending this course, participants will have the ability to:
  • Place strategy in its correct context
  • Think strategically
  • Develop a strategy and an action plan
  • Better manage the process of strategic implementation
  • Understand the change implications of strategic action.

Course Programme

The Tactical vs The Strategic How to find time and space to be strategic Taking a personal view of your objectives How tactics and strategy are linked Balancing the needs of today with the shape of tomorrow Developing Strategic Thinking Creating a personal and organisational vision How to establish your own point of view Developing insightful, creative strategies How to make insightful organisation-wide connections Developing Strategic Planning Why quality strategies require focus, choice and good timing Using a strategic planning framework Connecting strategy to the business planning/budgeting process Generating involvement in the process Improving implementation effectiveness Strategy Means Change Identifying the change issues created by your strategy Gaining commitment and making changes work Using scenario planning to help identify risks Culture Defeats Strategy Recognising the cultural inhibitors to strategic change Modelling the behaviour that supports the strategy Identifying the strategy champions and enablers Turning The Strategy Into Action How to communicate the strategy Using technology and the Internet to speed up the implementation process Getting useful feedback [Geoads2] Personal Development Plan Developing an individual action plan for implementation back in the workplace]]>

Influencing Skills

management training course focuses upon those things that we can all do to ensure that our influence is optimised. Drawing inspiration from history and combining it with the very best of modern practice, participants leave with a realistic assessment of what they can and cannot do to influence those around them.

Who Should Attend

This course will benefit anybody whose role requires them to obtain the agreement of others. This applies wherever those whose agreement they seek sit in the hierarchy and whether they are internal to the workplace or, perhaps suppliers or customers. The fundamentals apply in all cases and the course explores the practical aspects of employing these fundamentals in the most effective way.

Course Objectives

After attending the course, participants will have the ability to:
  • Describe the three steps that are fundamental to influencing others positively
  • Calculate what for them, makes them credible in the eyes of others
  • Display empathy with the concerns of those with whom they come into contact
  • Present an argument in the way most likely to achieve success
  • Explore the factors that drive the behaviour of others
  • Improve assertiveness skills in a variety of situations
  • Manage their body language in a way that reduces possible conflict
  • Handle conflict confidently and professionally.
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Course Programme

What Is Influence? What do we mean by ‘influencing’? What are the degrees of influence that we can expect to exercise? What are the best areas to employ our influencing skills? Who are those that we most need to influence? The difference between influencing and controlling How Can We Influence Others? Socrates and his exploration of the art of rhetoric What makes us credible to others? How might this change? The importance of displaying empathy The disadvantages of failing to establish rapport What place has logic in influencing? Weight of Argument theory Attitude – the all important ingredient How do our personal motivators and experiences influence the way that we come across to others? Assertiveness What is assertiveness? How does it differ from submissiveness and aggressiveness? Introduction to Transactional Analysis The importance of choice Fantasy states versus reality states The ‘trigger – response – results’ model Conflict What is conflict? When is it good and when harmful? The VAT model of conflict assessment The use of the brain when dealing with conflict situations How to defuse crisis situations in a positive way How does this affect your relationships with others? [Geoads2] Personal Development Plan Developing an individual action plan for implementation back in the workplace]]>