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Facilitating an Effective Strategic Planning Process

Efficiently prepare and run strategic planning sessions that produce real results.

Regardless of goals, there’s one thing that can be said about every strategic planning process: The stakes are high. So you need to get equipped with a complete and agile toolbox of facilitation techniques and skills. How can you get the right people—and get them to actively contribute? How can you prevent assertive personalities from taking the session off-track? How can you make sure your goals are effectively defined and that you have all the right elements in place? This course combines effective facilitation with strategic planning. It’s carefully crafted into three segments covering early discussions and agreements, strategic planning facilitation and implementation. You’ll leave with hands-on experience and a comprehensive strategic planning toolbox that effectively prepares you to launch into any strategic planning facilitation. Pre-Work: The pre-work content and activities are provided as a foundation for all participants to ensure the use of consistent terminology in the program, and as a facilitation and strategic planning refresher. The pre-work serves as a review of core skills to establish a common departure point and will only be reviewed at an intermediate level in the course.

Seminar Number: 02009

  • In a Classroom
  • Online
  • Your Company Location

Course Scheduling & Pricing

Who Should Attend

Experienced executives, directors of OD, senior HR leaders, division leaders, strategic planners and others who must manage the strategic planning process for a department or organization, as well as those who would like to become an internal or independent strategic planning facilitator.

  •   Classroom2 Day(s)
    1.2 CEU, 12 CLP, 14 CPE, 12 PDCs, 12 PMU
  •   Online2 Lesson(s)
    1.2 CEU, 12 CLP, 14 CPE, 12 PDCs, 12 PMU
 

Regardless of goals, there’s one thing that can be said about every strategic planning process: The stakes are high. So you need to get equipped with a complete and agile toolbox of facilitation techniques and skills. How can you get the right people—and get them to actively contribute? How can you prevent assertive personalities from taking the session off-track? How can you make sure your goals are effectively defined and that you have all the right elements in place?

This course combines effective facilitation with strategic planning. It’s carefully crafted into three segments covering early discussions and agreements, strategic planning facilitation and implementation. You’ll leave with hands-on experience and a comprehensive strategic planning toolbox that effectively prepares you to launch into any strategic planning facilitation.

Pre-Work: The pre-work content and activities are provided as a foundation for all participants to ensure the use of consistent terminology in the program, and as a facilitation and strategic planning refresher. The pre-work serves as a review of core skills to establish a common departure point and will only be reviewed at an intermediate level in the course.

  • Gain a clear understanding of your role in the facilitation process
  • Adopt a set of proven and commonly used tools
  • Know which discussions and decisions should occur prior to your strategic planning session
  • Ensure up-front clarity and agreement regarding expected results
  • Decide the best strategic planning approach/process to use and customize it
  • Determine clear processes, logistics and considerations throughout the entire process
  • Build in metrics and schedule meetings to assess milestones and measure progress towards goals
  • Get buy-in early and throughout the process to optimize success
  • Establishing agreements, consistent definitions and success metrics
  • Setting parameters for team selection and role assignments
  • Understanding and choosing an appropriate strategic planning model, frame of reference, and related decisions • Agreeing on logistics, scheduling needs and considerations
  • Knowing the key components of the strategic planning process
  • Translating the strategic planning process into tactical action and communication plans
  • Enabling innovative thinking in managers and leaders
  • Using simulation to demonstrate your understanding of new practices and tools
  • Delivering organizational results through an effectively facilitated strategic planning session
  • Establishing next steps and moving toward the execution phase
  • Conducting regular review sessions to check progress towards milestones
  • Establishing processes to align the organization, communicate the plan, and get organizational buy-in

Learning Objectives

  • Understand Your Role in the Process and Contract with the Leadership Team
  • Effectively Facilitate Strategic Planning Sessions That Drive Results Within the Organization
  • Select the Best Strategic Planning Approach, Get Senior Sponsorship, and Set Realistic Expectations for Your Strategy-Planning Session
  • Ensure Results By Establishing Accountability, Implementing Regular Reviews, and Aligning with the Performance Management System

Clarifying Your Role

  • Identify the Different Roles of a Facilitator
  • Clarify Senior Leadership’s Expectations of Your Role as Facilitator
  • Define Your Role as Facilitator

Planning for Strategic Planning

  • Ask the Right Questions to Establish Shared Meaning Around Terminology and Outcomes of a Strategy-Planning Session
  • Apply a Process When Contracting with Leadership
  • Identify Strategic-Planning Champions and Ensure the Right People Are Part of the Process

Strategic Planning Approaches

  • Recognize Current and Common Strategic Planning Approaches
  • Articulate Considerations When Choosing a Strategic Planning Approach
  • Define Strategic Planning Outputs

Tools and Models Used in Strategic Planning

  • Discuss the Importance of Macro- and Market Environmental Factors in Strategic Planning
  • Describe the Purpose of Using Models and Tools in Strategic Planning
  • Recognize Various Models Used in Strategic Planning for Analyzing and Synthesizing Information

Logistics—Before, During, and After

  • Manage the Logistics Before, During, and After the Strategic Planning Session
  • Identify Critical Data That Can Make or Break a Strategic Plan

Facilitating the Session

  • Prepare for Your Strategic Planning Session and Create an Environment for Effective Dialogue
  • Apply Critical Skills and Techniques of an Effective Facilitator
  • Manage Disruptive Behaviors During a Strategic Planning Session
  • Use Processes to Drive Key Outputs and Produce Results

Your Role in Implementation

  • Assist in Crafting a Strategic Narrative
  • Establish Your Role in Aligning the Organization, Translating the Strategy Plan into Meaningful Actions, Communicating the Plan, and Getting Organizational Buy-In

Download Extended Seminar Outline PDF

This course is valid for 12 PMUs.
12 Business Acumen [BA]

This course qualifies for 18 CPUs toward your recertification as a CAP (Certified Analytics Professionals).

American Management Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is accredited to issue the IACET CEU.

This program is valid for 18 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM

 

AMA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org. For additional information or for more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints and refunds, please contact Martha Leon at 212-903-8173.

Recommended CPE Credit:
Classroom – 21 hours/Advanced
Prerequisites: None
Advance Preparation: None
Delivery Method: Group Live
Field of Study: Non-technical – Communication   Technical-Management Services

Classroom Schedule

3 Sessions Available

Online Schedule

3 Sessions Available

  • $2,645.00 Non Members
  • $2,395.00 AMA Members
  • $2,363.00 GSA
Date Duration State City Zip
  2021-12-09 2021-12-10 Dec 9, 2021 - Dec 10, 2021 2 Days DC Arlington/Washington 22202-4807 Arlington/Washington Register Now

  2022-02-07 2022-02-08 Feb 7, 2022 - Feb 8, 2022 3 Days IL Chicago 60601 Chicago Register Now

  2022-04-07 2022-04-08 Apr 7, 2022 - Apr 8, 2022 3 Days DC Arlington/Washington 22202-4807 Arlington/Washington Register Now

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