Strategic Thinking for Senior Management: Strategic Agility and Resilience

Seminar dates:
Johannesburg: tbc.
Cape Town: tbc.

Course Fee:

Single:  R7,500.00 (R8,550.00 Incl. VAT)

Purpose

Enhance your ability to respond to complex and unpredictable business changes by mastering the competencies of agile leadership!
Leadership success depends on agile development and your ability to be future oriented, seize external prospects and bounce back from unforeseen changes; particularly with market uncertainty at record-breaking levels. You must not only have a strategic plan but you must capitalise on market trends and anticipate and respond to change more rapidly.

This intensive seminar will help you achieve agile development, lead with greater foresight and entrepreneurial thinking and expose you to the behaviours and processes associated with agile people and organisations. You’ll learn how to understand and explore customer and marketplace opportunities and capitalise on them by responding with appropriate products, services and initiatives. 

Benefits of attending

  • Understand how agile organisations differ from fragile organisations
  • Keep your competitive edge by anticipating and adapting to change
  • Identify rapid response mechanisms to environmental shifts
  • Be recognised as a change agent and engage and empower employees to implement your vision
  • Establish compelling communication strategies to drive change in your team and align your organisation

The following will be covered

  • Understanding strategic agility and why it’s crucial for today’s organisations
  • Identifying the competencies needed to lead with agility and resilience
  • Determine and analysing your own l eadership, thinking and communication styles to understand what triggers the brain during thinking processes.
  • Understanding the different types of team members and how to work with their strengths and weaknesses utilising right and left brain thinking.
  • Aligning people, processes and technology with the agile principle and putting it into action
  • Developing the right team with skills to communicate and implementing strategy as it evolves
  • Creating a culture that promotes action and resourcefulness
  • Engaging in a constant ‘outside the box’ search for new and better ideas
  • Initiating and maintaining a performance scorecard with balanced key metrics, including company, team and customer measures. 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify strategies and techniques to build and enhance agility and resilience in yourself and others
  • Describe strategic agility and why it’s crucial for today’s organisations
  • Explain how traditional organisations differ from agile organisations
  • Embrace change and articulate strategies to take advantage of it
  • Identify rapid response mechanisms to environmental shifts
  • Be recognised as a change agent and engage and empower employees to implement the organisation’s vision
  • Establish compelling communication strategies to lead change in the organisation.

Introduction

  • Recognise that there are similarities in the challenges your team members are facing
  • Identify the five key aspects of agility
  • Describe the reasons why people, processes and systems need to be agile to achieve success
  • Discuss the concept of ‘turbulence’ and it’s implications for your organisation and for your own role as a leader
  • Explain the ways in which agility differs from Change Management

The Business Case for Strategic Agility

  • Explain why agility can be a solution to ‘turbulence’ in the business environment
  • Describe the emergence of agility and resilience as the essence of effective leadership
  • Examine your role in Improving your and others’ adaptive capabilities
  • Discuss the need for agility and it’s implications for leadership

Anticipate Change

  • Recognise the forces that cause change and raise the awareness of your team to the importance and impact of these forces
  • Monitor key metrics that measure and signal change
  • Scan the environment and probe at all levels for information with strategic implications
  • Apply useful techniques to help you and other agile leaders anticipate and monitor the forces of change

Generate Confidence

  • Communicate clearly to your team their contribution to organisational success
  • Align resources to priorities and provide your team with winning tools
  • Develop the right team with skills to successfully communicate and implement strategy as it evolves
  • Explore the importance of employee engagement and the key drivers of it in your organisation
  • Explain why leaders must be confident and resilient

Initiate Action

  • Bring focus and priorities to action consistently
  • Drive decision capability throughout the organisation
  • Create a culture that promotes a bias for action and resourcefulness
  • Enable and empower your team to mobilise cross-functional action swiftly

Liberate Thinking

  • Adopt a team climate that encourages innovation through participation and idea generation at all levels
  • Establish a high level of expectation for ongoing process improvement
  • Engage in a constant search for new and better ideas

Evaluate Results

  • Initiate and maintain a performance scorecard with balanced key metrics, including company, team, and customer measures
  • Make the link between enterprise scorecards and individual relevance and commitment 

Developing a Personal Action Plan

  • Develop your personal leadership agility plan

       
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