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Strategic Planning Made Easy

Event - Strategic Planning Made Easy

Think Outside In

Delegates will learn how to create a strategic plan using visual thinking. The result is a participation map - an easy way to look at the environment, strategic plan and resource deployment priorities.


This workshop will show delegates an easy visual method of strategic planning. It uses Conduco’s unique participation mapping process, which allows the simple and highly visual creation of a strategic plan.


Strategic planning more often than not results in failure and often the failure occurs even before the strategy begins implementation. The traditional approaches used in organisations to create strategic plans tend towards long, verbose reports, detailed financial schedules or perhaps worst of all, “death by Powerpoint”! These techniques rarely stimulate and engage and so breed resistance to the change set out by the plan.

Conduco’s Participation Mapping process ensures that the plan for the business is not only viable but is also coherent and most importantly easily accessible. This means it is an easy, enjoyable and stimulating way to engage teams in planning.

The Participation Map gives a clear and visual depiction of an organisation’s strategy. It works because it is a tool specifically designed to handle complexity. So, if you prefer to use a road map or atlas rather than a set of instructions this is the workshop for you.

Participants and Benefit

Participants who are involved in creating strategy or helping and facilitating strategy can expect the following benefits:

Workshop Facilitators

Paul Oliver, a former BT director of strategy and development, will facilitate the workshop. He worked with BT for 18 years, having held a range of line management and staff positions.

Paul is a research associate with the Advanced Institute of Management Research, a member of international advisory committee for Learning, Organizing and Complexity as part of the International Conference on Complexity and Society and is also a non-executive director of a number of small businesses. He is an alumnus of the Strategic Leadership Programme at Templeton College, Oxford, has a degree in Business Studies from Middlesex University Business School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Course Content

The workshop lasts one day and will include coaching in how to create and use a Participation Map, including clear examples.

Delegates will also have the chance to construct a draft Participation Map for their own organisations and attend a free ‘clinic' with Conduco's experts at the end of the event.

Programme Details

If you wish to enrol for the programme or want more details please email, complete the contact form or call 01895 834994.

The cost of the programme is £395 per delegate, (excluding VAT).

Client Feedback From Previous Conduco Programmes

“Very thought provoking session that included immediately actionable tools”

“Many, many thanks for an incredibly professional and helpful workshop”

“Powerful model, excellent, insightful”

“I am glad I came and I’ve decided to use the approach for refashioning my unit”

“Great for SMEs and small businesses…even more so for big organisations”





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The most important role of a leader is to mobilise resources, especially people, in pursuit of the organisations's strategic objectives.

The successful leader needs a style that fits with the organisation and its situation

Demist & Demystify
Just like trying to drive a car with iced up windows, if you can't see where you are going you are unlikely to get to your destination safely.

Likewise in organisations where there isn't a clear ethos, purpose and direction people feel confused and disoriented. This makes them disinclined to engage with a change initiative.

Think Outside-in
An organisation only exists as long as it is interdependent with its customer, shareholders, suppliers, employees and society at large. The moment it becomes dependent or independent of them it loses competitive advantage and begins to die.

To remain viable we must constantly scan and adapt to changes in our environment.

Everything is Connected
Having a clear view of what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, when and by whom is necessary but not sufficient. The people we lead have a right to expect the highest standards of planning.

A good plan is a set of interdependent and mutually supportive actions, aligned to an overall objective and strategy.

Map the System
Every organisation is a system made up of relationships between people. The role assigned to a person and their unencumbered freedom to act is the greatest clarification of relationship in the organisation. It spells out the nature and benefits of interdependencies.

Being clear and planning the roles and who takes responsibility for parts of the plan is mission critical.

Communicate & Engage
To mobilise a strategy everybody must not only know what is going on, but feel committed and a part of it.

This requires an approach that uses trusted relationships and gets the message to people in a way that fosters belief and credibility, whilst appealing at an emotional level.

Performance not Perception
In order to know if our strategy is effective we have to know if it is really working as expected. That means dealing on relevent facts. These should include lead as well as lag measures, non financial as well as financial measures.

Our performance cannot be judged on perceptions or relationships but only on performance and results.

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