Creative Strategic Planning & Leadership

Developing Innovative, Visionary and Strategic Thinking Skills

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10 Days

Introduction to the course

This KC Academy Creative Strategic Planning & Leadership training course is designed to provide leaders and professionals with a set of transformational tools and techniques to help them maximise their own and their team’s creative potential in a strategic context. Its starting point is self-discovery: participants will work on the inside first and then focus outwards to impact the world of business.

The focus of the first week of this 2-week Management & Leadership training course will be on thinking in different ways. Participants should be prepared to move out of their comfort zone and experiment with new ways of creating and communicating an inspiring leadership vision.

The second week helps demystify the frequently misunderstood concept of ‘strategy’. Whilst focusing on the analytical disciplines on which successful strategy is based, it centres on strategic planning as a value-adding process that harnesses the leader’s and the team’s ability to combine analysis with creative thinking and enables ideas and plans to be nurtured through to reality.

The highlights of the 10-day training course are as follows:

  • Demonstrating how to balance analytical and creative thinking in plans and decisions
  • Understanding how to discover and focus the innovative capabilities of teams and individuals
  • Understanding the linkage between operational and strategic management
  • Aligning your responsibilities and objectives with the strategy of your organisation
  • Improving personal leadership and management competencies

This training course is split into two modules:

MODULE I - Leading Creatively

MODULE II - Strategy & Strategic Planning

Each module is structured and can be taken as a stand-alone training course; however, delegates will maximise their benefits by taking Module 1 and 2 back-to-back as a 2-week training course.

Course details

By the end of this training seminar, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate innovative methods for harnessing others’ creative potential
  • Communicate your vision in refreshing and engaging ways
  • Define the concepts of ‘strategy’ and ‘strategic plans.’
  • Understand and explain visionary thinking as part of the strategic process and apply strategic planning to your management issues
  • Place your part of the organisation within the overall context of corporate strategy.
  • Gain confidence in managing your contribution to strategic implementation 

This training course uses a range of approaches to learning, including experiential group activities, individual visioning exercises, case studies and syndicate discussions, to allow you to see and feel for yourself the power of the creative mind in a strategic context. Standard inputs are used to introduce a limited amount of underpinning theory. A crucial part of the learning process is sharing the differing experiences participants bring and experimenting with novel – and sometimes challenging – techniques. In the second module, the course leader will use case examples based on organisations he has been personally involved with. There will be additional presentations on DVD from world-leading authorities in strategy formulation and strategic management. There will also be group work on a significant case study.

  • Leaders at all levels who can develop and communicate a shared vision
  • Leaders who can engage and motivate their teams
  • Increased effectiveness against personal KPI’s through more effective use of team
  • Much better decision-making and time/resource allocation - leading to better organisational and individual performance
  • Introduction of strategic thinking into new levels of the organisation
  • Top management having more confidence in the ability and judgement of its operating managers and the staff will have a better appreciation of the need and content of organisational change 

  • Increasing career flexibility (vertically and horizontally)
  • Accelerated thinking speed and problem resolution for complex dilemmas
  • Improved understanding of the impact of operational specialisation on corporate strategy
  • Improved team working capabilities in analysing and solving strategic problems creatively
  • Enhanced skills in ensuring the most effective impact of individual specialisations
  • Greater motivation through multiple organisational levels 

This training course to a comprehensive range of professionals but will significantly benefit:

  • Senior Management Professionals, Team Leaders, Supervisors and All Professionals responsible for driving company growth by creating or eliciting new ideas and paradigms. Alternatively, you may be stuck with your own ‘logical’ career journey and seeking an opportunity to explore beyond its boundaries.
  • Anyone who wants to forge innovative approaches to communications or to human resource and training managers searching for breakthrough ideas and tools they can use to harness the creativity in others within their organisation

Daily Agenda

MODULE I: Leading Creatively:
DAY 1:
Creative Problem-Solving
  • Leadership Reality Assessment
  • Leadership vs. Management
  • Understanding Our Brain Function
  • Myths of Creativity
  • The Limitations of The Rational
  • Divergent Approaches to Problem-solving
  • Letting Go of Logic
  • Analogous Thinking Modes
  • Convergent and Divergent Modes
DAY 2:
Overcoming Personal Blockers to Creativity
  • Sigmoid Curve - Lifecycle Model
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Breakthrough Step Change
  • Self-awareness and The Nature of The Ego
  • Personal Goal Alignment
  • Adaption and Innovation: Personal Preferences For Creating Meaning
  • Exploring Attitudes to Risk
  • Left- and Right-brain Thinking
DAY 3:
Developing The Vision Creatively
  • Six Thinking Hats
  • Using Differing Thinking Styles
  • JoHari’s Window
  • The Business Plan Process & Creating A Vision
  • Harnessing The Power of The Team
  • Organisational Culture and Its Influence on Innovation
  • Letting Go of The Ego
  • Working with Different Creative Preferences
DAY 4:
Communicating The Vision Creatively
  • The 7 Step Creative Process
  • Models of Communication
  • Viral Visioning
  • Authenticity and Trust
  • Creativity Tools, Techniques & Strategy
  • Letting Go of The Vision
  • Leading Without Directing
  • Possible Leadership Beliefs
DAY 5:
From Ideas to Action: Creativity and Change
  • Motivation - Hierarchy of Needs
  • Overcoming Organisational Barriers to Creativity and Change
  • Nurturing a Learning Environment
  • Is Money A Motivator?
  • Personality Profiling
  • Building a Creative Consensus
  • Engaging Stakeholders Creatively
  • Influencing and Motivating through Change
MODULE II: Strategy & Strategic Planning:
DAY 6:
Strategic Thinking and External Analysis
  • Definitions of Strategy and Strategic Planning
  • Why are strategy and strategic planning important?
  • Understanding The Main Frameworks For Strategic Analysis
  • Private and Public Sector Strategies – similarities and differences
  • External Analysis - Understanding and Analysing Business Attractiveness
  • Analysing Customers and Benchmarking Your Own Strategic Position
  • How attractive is the game that we have chosen to play?
DAY 7:
Internal Analysis and Fusion into Strategic Choice
  • The Interface and Balance of External and Internal Analysis
  • Internal Analysis: Financial
  • Internal Analysis: Non-financial
  • The Concept and Practicalities of the “Balanced Scorecard”
  • Diagnosing and Analysing Strategic Problems and Opportunities
  • Fusion of Analysis into Strategic Choices - SWOT and The Strategy Matrix
  • How well are we playing the game that we have chosen to play?
DAY 8:
Strategic Plans and The Relevance of Alliances and Joint Ventures
  • Review of The Tools Used So Far
  • The Content of a Strategy: Avoiding “Paralysis by Analysis”
  • Putting a Strategic Plan Together – The 5-Page Framework
  • A Real-life Example of a Business Strategy / Strategic Plan
  • Strategies for Alliances and Joint Ventures
  • Management of Alliances and Joint Ventures
  • Examples of Best Practice in Alliances and Joint Ventures
DAY 9:
Global Strategy, Team Building and The Management of Internal Communication
  • The Essence of Globalisation and Global Strategy
  • Globalisation – The Strategic Dimension
  • Globalisation – The Organisational Dimension
  • Globalisation – The Human Dimension
  • How to Build and Manage a Strategic Planning Team
  • Communicating Strategy through The Organisation
  • Gaining Your Team’s Commitment and Buy-in to The Strategy
DAY 10:
Strategic Implementation and Getting The Value Out of Strategy
  • Alignment of Strategy, Culture, Structure and People
  • Effective Execution - Converting Strategic Analysis and Planning into Action
  • Aligning and Linking Strategy with Operational Objectives
  • Implementation – Getting Practical Things Done
  • Creating Tomorrow’s Organisation Out of Today’s Organisation
  • Strategic Planning at A Personal Level
  • Overview: The Complete Strategy Process
  • Summary and Conclusions - The Corporate and Individual Value of Strategic Planning

Professional certificate & Accreditation

In today's multidimensional work environment, leaders need to maximise their creative and strategic potential. KC Academy's 10-Day "Creative Strategic Planning & Leadership"  training course equips leaders with a set of transformational tools and techniques that will create transformational change in the workplace. 

Frequently Asked Questions

There are no prerequisites. Our courses are open to students of all backgrounds who are 18 years of age and older. All courses are conducted in English. Video lectures include English subtitles and the option to slow-down, pause, or replay lectures for better retention. Discussion boards are a critical component of each of our courses; therefore, we suggest students have a conversational knowledge of English when pursuing a Certificate of Completion. For any of the art writing courses, students need to be 100% proficient in written English.

You should have an up-to-date web browser such as: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. For more detailed information, please see the guides for supported browsers and basic computer specifications. Our Online Courses can be accessed on a mobile or tablet device, although we strongly encourage you to have access to a desktop or laptop computer and reliable internet connection for certain course components. Former students have told us it is easiest to read discussion threads and complete written assignments on a laptop or desktop computer.

Registration is available on our website. Just follow these simple steps: Click the “Apply Now” button in the top right corner of your screen. Select “Online Courses.” Choose your course(s). You will be asked for basic contact information and your credit card payment. We require full payment at the time of registration and all tuition is billed in US dollars. Be sure to check with your bank or credit card company, as your financial institution may charge a foreign transaction fee.

Our classes are kept small, at no more than 30 students, to better facilitate and encourage personalized interaction with the instructor and fellow participants. Your classmates come from all over the globe and contribute their global perspectives and experience. Some are currently working within the arts while others are just beginning. All classmates share in their passion for the art world.

It is recommended that you begin your course promptly. If you do need to start the course a few days late, contact your instructor as soon as possible after the course has opened to discuss your options. Registration closes on the Friday after the course begins.

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