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Strategic Planning and Thinking Training Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Strategic Planning

  • Defining What "Strategic" Means
  • Using the Strategic Planning Process
  • Assessing the Benefits of Strategic Planning
  • Preparing for the Planning Process

Module 2: Stakeholder Involvement and Undertaking a Strategic Review

  • How do You Define Stakeholders?
  • Stakeholder Research
  • Collaborator/Competitor Analysis
  • Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Matrix
  • Thinking about the Relationship Between Outputs, Outcomes, and Impact

Module 3: Strategic Direction

  • Identifying Strategic Direction
  • Mission, Vision, Values, and Direction
  • How Review Findings Will Impact On the Organisation's Strategic Direction
  • Relationship Between Organisation Strategy and Brand Identity, and Aligning the Two
  • Setting Strategic Objectives
  • Applying SMART Strategic Thinking Skills

Module 4: Establishing Success Criteria

  • Be Transparent 
  • Include Past Plans in the Process 
  • Agree on Terminology
  • Engaged Leadership 
  • Avoid Rushing to Conclusions
  • Plan for Change Management
  • Strategic Planning Takes Time

Module 5: Listing Priority Areas for Action and Developing Objectives

  • Strategic Plan Development
  • SWOT Analysis to Set Priorities
  • Long Term Strategic Objectives

Module 6: Using Outcomes-Based Tools and Action Planning Tools

  • Using Outcomes-Based Tools
  • Using Action Planning Tools

Module 7: Implementing the Strategy

  • Strategy Implementation
  • Key Factors Involved in Implementing Strategy
  • Communicating Strategic Plan

Module 8: Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Undertaking Effective Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Difference Between Monitoring, Evaluation, and Impact Assessment
  • Identifying the Indicators and How to Measure their Achievement
  • Recognising Emergent Approaches to Monitoring and Evaluation

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Who should attend this Strategic Planning and Thinking Training Course?

Strategic Planning and Thinking Course is designed for professionals seeking to enhance their strategic decision-making skills. This Personal Development Training Course is ideal for individuals in various roles who are responsible for shaping and executing organisational strategies. The following professionals can greatly benefit from attending this Course:

  • Business Managers and Executives
  • Project Managers
  • CEOs and CFOs
  • Entrepreneurs and Business Owners
  • Department Heads
  • Marketing Managers
  • Team Leaders

Prerequisites of the Strategic Planning and Thinking Training Course

There are no formal prerequisites for this Strategic Planning and Thinking Course.

Strategic Planning and Thinking Training Course Overview

Strategic Planning and Thinking are crucial skills in today’s dynamic business environment. This is one of the Personal Development Courses that addresses the need for strategic approaches to challenges and opportunities in the workplace. Understanding and applying these skills are essential for long-term planning, effective decision-making, and achieving sustainable growth.

These skills are particularly important for professionals in managerial, executive, and entrepreneurial roles. They enable individuals to anticipate market trends, adapt to changing environments, and make informed decisions. Strategic thinking is key to driving innovation and staying competitive.

The Knowledge Academy’s 1-day Strategic Planning and Thinking Training Course provides delegates with the tools and methodologies for effective strategic analysis and planning. The Personal Development Training Courses focuses on developing a strategic mindset, enhancing decision-making skills, and fostering innovative thinking.

Course Objectives:

  • To understand the principles of strategic thinking and planning
  • To develop skills in analysing business environments
  • To learn techniques for long-term goal setting and planning
  • To enhance decision-making capabilities in a strategic context
  • To foster innovative thinking for business growth
  • To practice strategic planning in various business scenarios

Upon completing this course, delegates will have a strengthened ability to think and plan strategically. They will be better equipped to lead their organisations toward sustainable growth and success, making informed decisions that align with long-term objectives.

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What’s included in this Strategic Planning and Thinking Training Course?

  • World-Class Training Sessions from Experienced Instructors
  • Strategic Planning and Thinking Certificate
  • Digital Delegate Pack

Why choose us

Our Chorley venue


Free Wi-Fi

To make sure you’re always connected we offer completely free and easy to access wi-fi.

Air conditioned

To keep you comfortable during your course we offer a fully air conditioned environment.

Full IT support

IT support is on hand to sort out any unforseen issues that may arise.

Video equipment

This location has full video conferencing equipment.

The town of Chorley is located in the county of Lancashire in the North West of England. The town is around 8 miles North of Wigan, 11 miles North West of Bolton, and 20 miles North West of Manchester. Chorley town has an approximate population of 35,000 residents. The unemployment rate for Chorley currently stands at just under 4%. This is dramatically lower in comparison to the national average unemployment rate which currently stands at 7.6%. Chorley has a range of different primary schools as well as 6 secondary schools including Holy Cross Catholic High School, Albany Academy, and Bishop Rawstorne CE Academy. Lancashire College is based in Chorley; it is the headquarters of the Lancashire Adult Learning. Runshaw College has one of its three campuses in the Chorley town centre which specialises in hairdressing, beauty and holistics.

Nearby Locations include:

  • Andertons
  • Adlington
  • Buckshaw Village
  • Eccleston
  • Brindle
  • Charnock Richard
  • Euxton
  • Coppull
  • Whittle Le Woods
  • Clayton Le Woods
  • Anglezarke
  • Brinscall
  • Abbey Village
  • Withnell
  • Heskins
  • Wheelton
  • Heapey
  • Heath Charnock
  • Higher Wheelton
  • Grimeford Village

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Shaw Hill Golf Resort, 

Shaw Hill, 



T: 01344203999

Ways to take this course

Our easy to use Virtual platform allows you to sit the course from home with a live instructor. You will follow the same schedule as the classroom course, and will be able to interact with the trainer and other delegates.

Our fully interactive online training platform is compatible across all devices and can be accessed from anywhere, at any time. All our online courses come with a standard 90 days access that can be extended upon request. Our expert trainers are constantly on hand to help you with any questions which may arise.

This is our most popular style of learning. We run courses in 1200 locations, across 200 countries in one of our hand-picked training venues, providing the all important ‘human touch’ which may be missed in other learning styles.


Highly experienced trainers

All our trainers are highly qualified, have 10+ years of real-world experience and will provide you with an engaging learning experience.


State of the art training venues

We only use the highest standard of learning facilities to make sure your experience is as comfortable and distraction-free as possible


Small class sizes

We limit our class sizes to promote better discussion and ensuring everyone has a personalized experience


Great value for money

Get more bang for your buck! If you find your chosen course cheaper elsewhere, we’ll match it!

This is the same great training as our classroom learning but carried out at your own business premises. This is the perfect option for larger scale training requirements and means less time away from the office.


Tailored learning experience

Our courses can be adapted to meet your individual project or business requirements regardless of scope.


Maximise your training budget

Cut unnecessary costs and focus your entire budget on what really matters, the training.


Team building opportunity

This gives your team a great opportunity to come together, bond, and discuss, which you may not get in a standard classroom setting.


Monitor employees progress

Keep track of your employees’ progression and performance in your own workspace.

What our customers are saying

Personal Development Training | Strategic Planning And Thinking Training in Chorley FAQs


The strategic planning process includes strategy formation, goal setting, analysis, strategy monitoring and strategy implementation.
Ideally is suitable for managers with strategic planning responsibility.
The Strategic Planning and Thinking course is aimed at corporate or organisation-wide planning, the tools and methods covered will have value for business unit or departmental managers.
Strategy planning is all about understanding your surroundings and then deciding what you will do, whereas planning is about using the resources you have and the activities you will take to achieve the opportunities made in your strategy.
Critical thinking is a methodology and a process used during decision-making, problem-solving, managing, consulting, change influencing, and many more. Strategic thinking is a thinking process that exceeds the specific problem or responsibility at hand.
The purpose of Strategic Thinking is to form a plan that is a consistent, unifying, integrative structure for choices, particularly about the direction of the business and resource utilisation.
In this Strategic Planning and Thinking training, you will learn about various components of a strategic planning model. You will also learn about various essential topics such as engaged leadership, implementing the strategy, setting strategic objectives, SWOT analysis to set priorities, and many more.
The price for Strategic Planning and Thinking certification in Chorley starts from £895
The Knowledge Academy is the Leading global training provider for Strategic Planning and Thinking.

Why choose us


Best price in the industry

You won't find better value in the marketplace. If you do find a lower price, we will beat it.


Many delivery methods

Flexible delivery methods are available depending on your learning style.


High quality resources

Resources are included for a comprehensive learning experience.

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"Really good course and well organised. Trainer was great with a sense of humour - his experience allowed a free flowing course, structured to help you gain as much information & relevant experience whilst helping prepare you for the exam"

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"...the trainer for this course was excellent. I would definitely recommend (and already have) this course to others."

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