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Having a more effective strategy has never been more important for public sector organisations. By having a sound strategy, you will be able to produce better outcomes, and make better decisions. The quality of these decisions and outcomes, rely on a higher standard of strategic thinking.  

Now is the time to really take your strategic thinking to the next level.  

Attend this virtual course to change your thinking, challenge perceptions and plan actions that will enable change during this complex time. Hone your skills in a collaborative and open training environment. 

This onlineEffective Strategic Thinking course will de-mystify strategic thinking; assess the benefits of strategic analysis; learn how to use strategic analysis and understand how to best implement your strategy at your organisation. 

This one-day course allows you to evaluate your performance, address your weaknesses and gain a deeper understanding of how imaginative thinking can improve your work. 

Please note we will be using Zoom to deliver this course.  

Please see below some testimonials from delegates.

“This course was a full day of interesting discussions and so many tips to help create Action Plans and meeting agendas, direction on how to lead within change using transition rather than change. Brilliant day!” – Criminal Justice Operational Manager, Thames Valley Police

“I recommend the Effective Strategic Thinking virtual course with Understanding ModernGov! In these challenging times when attending training courses is not as was, I really enjoyed the format of the day, the breakout rooms, discussions and tutor led debates and teaching.” Town Centre Manager, Crawley Borough Council

Unlocking the Power of Virtual
Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practice with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow. Click here to discover more!


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Charlotte Cummings
Business Development Director,

Charlotte is a trained facilitator and coach who specializes in service development, strategic thinking and managing transition for organisations and individuals. She is trained in supporting individuals and organisations using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and has wide experience of people and project management within fast-paced, commercial environments.

Her current portfolio includes support to a range of NHS organisations including: GP Practices, Mental Health Trusts, Community Services and NHS England. In addition to her support to the NHS, she supports University and Public sector organisations with leadership development including resilience, conflict management and managing through culture change. Read more

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop your ability and confidence to think strategically
  • Think about what strategic thinking means in practice and why it is important
  • Consider the essential link between policy and strategy, what the strategy needs to achieve and the perspectives of stakeholders
  • Learn practical tools and techniques which can be applied immediately
  • Practise using these and build your confidence in applying them
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
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09:30 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

  • What do you want to achieve today?
10:00 - 11:00

What Exactly is Strategic Thinking?

  • What myths exist about ‘strategic thinking’? What is true?
  • What good examples of strategy have you seen and what made them good?
  • What is your strategic issue?
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:30

The Benefits of Strategic Analysis

  • External environment v. internal capability?
  • What external factors could help or hinder?
  • What possible scenarios do you need to be prepared for?
12:30 - 13:15


13:15 - 15:00

Using Strategic Analysis in Your Organisation

  • What is your vision of success?
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • How strong do those relationships need to be and how can you strengthen them?
  • Who do you need to influence?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses?
15:00 - 15:15

Afternoon Break

15:15 - 16:00

Effective Strategic Implementation

  • What is the difference between change and transition?
  • What do your priorities need to be?
  • Overcoming your own limiting assumptions
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close