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This course presents and highlights the benefits and best practices of Strategic Thinking and Planning as a crucial tool in International Development Management. Strategic Planning (SP) is underpinned by western conceptualization and has the flexibility of indigenous cultural applications. Strategic planning is sometimes defined as starting with “strategic intent and strategic thinking.” A working definition of strategic planning is that it is a framework for comprehensive long-range planning that attempts to articulate the organization’s strategic priorities to manage results. Strategic planning is the process of determining what an organization wants to be in the future and how it will get there.  The organization examines the environment in which it competes, questions fundamental assumptions about its mission and creatively attempts to envision its role in a different and more effective way. It is a delimitation of strategic objectives and a description of how resources will be deployed to accomplish them. A strategic plan should be prepared whether it is managed at a country/national level; regionally, centrally or organizationally. In this course, participants will learn about strategic thinking and planning processes in the context of development management.

Course Learning Objectives:
This short course aims to equip senior level staff and managers the skills to succeed in achieving their organizational goals. At the end of the program, participants should know the effective techniques for acknowledging and motivating staff, dealing with management challenges, reducing redundancy, setting goals and standards of performance, task delegation, and providing both rewarding and motivational feedback.

Course Content
The “Strategic Thinking and Planning Processes in Development Management (Macro and Micro Analysis)” course has some of the following key areas of learning:

  • Explaining the concept of strategic planning
  • Crafting and executing strategy
  • The three strategic questions
  • Strategic intent and thinking are the starting point
  • Understand the difference between Strategic Planning (Long Term Plan) and Traditional Planning (Short term)
  • Action plan
  • Creative thinking and planning
  • The concept “Think Outside the Box” is to be innovative, creative, and to make a breakthrough
  • Development issues in the new millennium
  • Leadership and team building in organizations
  • Organizational assessments
  • Effective communication
  • Data &information gathering
  • Strategic analytical skills
  • Must understand the importance of vision and mission statements in the development of strategic planning
  • Goals, objectives and strategy development
  • Meeting management
  • W.O.T. analysis
  • Teamwork/workgroup management
  • Focus groups – facilitating
  • Action planning
  • Leadership and effective organizational management
  • Best practices
  • Efficient decision-making
  • Benchmarking
  • Group-based problem solving/conflict management
  • Forecasting/simulation
  • Comprehensive planning
  • Priority and strategic direction setting
  • Porter’s Five Forces of Model
  • Strategic plan model
  • Site visits

Learning Outcome:

  • Participants will learn and/or strengthen their Strategic Planning techniques and skills.
  • Participants will be able to distinguish and realize added-value of the Western concept of Strategic Planning to their indigenous approaches to long-range planning.
  • Participants will become more knowledgeable with the tools, skills and techniques of SP – in particular, the S.W.O.T. analysis tool and Vision/Mission revision.
  • Participants will build and draw upon their Leadership and Team Building course and skills when engaging and using SP processes.
  • Participants will enhance their abilities to develop prioritized strategies when planning comprehensively for the allocation/use of national, regional, local, and organizational resources.
  • Participants will learn and develop best practices in using SP as a means to change inefficient organizational culture/environment, resulting in accountability and planned/managed results.

Learning Methodology:
The course is delivered in a workshop setting facilitated by seasoned professional facilitators with practical experience. Active participation is required and key to the success of the workshops. Other methods used in this course include case studies and problem-solving exercises. Assessment of participant’s performance will be measured through effective class participation, group presentation, group projects, and class attendance. This course combines presentations, lectures, class discussions, group presentation, and problem-solving exercises.

Who should attend?
This course is strongly recommended for managers whose jobs involve planning and supervising subordinates, and for those who want to improve their management skills.

Course Duration:
2 weeks

Training Locations and Scheduled Dates
New York, USA: Jun 6-17; Aug 15-26; Nov 30-Dec 12;
Washington, DC, USA: Feb 29-Mar 11; May 1-12; Jul 11-22;
Phoenix, Arizona, USA: Feb 15-26
London, United Kingdom: Jul 11-22;
Toronto, Canada: June 13-24;
Lagos, Nigeria;

Course Materials
Course materials include PowerPoint presentation slides, carefully selected reading materials, exercises, case studies, reading references, and a laptop computer.

Course Fees
Course fee is $5,500 for 2 weeks. The course fee covers the following: instruction, course materials, one brand new laptop computer to take home, administration expenses, field trips, cultural programs and miscellaneous program-related expenses.

How to Register
To participate in this course, the applicant must:

  1. Send a completed application form
  2. Have a bachelor’s degree/or have relevant work experience at senior management level
  3. Be nominated by the head of his/her department
  4. Be a senior member of the organization
  5. Demonstrate a devoted interest in the course
  6. Have a proof of English proficiency
  7. Demonstrate proof of financial sponsorship for the course

Hetta International Development Center

295 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10017

Ph. 212 379 8348

E-mail: hetta2002@hettaseminars.com


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