Creative Strategic Thinking Course

Learn to think creatively around a vision to stages of planning and finally communicating that vision to others

Creative Strategic Thinking Course - CPD Accredited

This is a course for anyone involved in developing or implementing strategy.

You will explore what you can do to ensure that your most useful thoughts are translated into practical plans and effective behaviours.

We'll support you through the steps of effective strategic planning to achieve grounded and measurable outcomes.

We want everyone to leave us with practical, concrete and usable plans that can be implemented with confidence and gusto!

Course Objectives

  • To introduce the concept of creative strategic thinking
  • The effect of external and internal changes on strategy
  • Step-by-step approach to creative strategy
  • Drawing on familiar models
  • Practical tools and techniques along the way
  • To identify clear goals
  • To provide a clear rationale for future strategy
  • Creating buy-in with peers
  • Motivating others to contribute to the process
  • To practice selling
  • To reflect upon risk assessment
  • Pre-emptive options and contingency plans
  • Commitment to their most useful next steps

What Our Delegates Say

James Grant Group - Creative Strategic Thinking Course

"I left the course with a new approach to problem-solving and naturally feeling more confident working in new and more inventive ways. I also left with the beginnings of a strategic plan for an upcoming project which I am looking forward to sharing with my seniors when more developed". Amy Bunyan - Director of UK Finance - James Grant Group

YHA - Creative Strategic Thinking Course

"I found the course really useful and have since used many of the tools demonstrated over the 2 days; I’ve even suggested that a few colleagues attend the session" Lauren Pethybridge - Head of Food & Beverage - YHA

Course Content

We tailor all our courses to reflect the needs of the delegates on the day.

We will include many of the exercises listed below, and any additional material that the trainers feel is relevant.

Defining Strategy

The day starts with a discussion on what a strategy is and a look at why it's a good idea to have one!

Taking things a step further, we look at ways to successfully optimise or unconsciously undermine the best-laid plans.

Creative Strategic Thinking?

So where does the creativity bit come in?

What's the difference between thinking strategically and creative strategic thinking?

Without creativity, strategic thinking may translate into plans built form a series of predictable building blocks.

Old Thinking

Tried and tested ones can be synonymous with tired and tested ones.

Naturally professional experience and savvy counts for a great deal in planning and business strategy ironically those same strengths can also be weaknesses.

First Solutions

Our first solutions may very well be based on sound logic, previous experience or else upon empirical or selective evidence.

Maybe there is also an argument that says such solutions may not always be our best.

Rather, they just come easy or feel safest because they follow pre-existing models or patterns.


Here we invite you to explore not only what your personal professional patterns might be, but also properly identify where they best serve you.

In terms of thinking creatively, we will help you to acknowledge where you already flex your creative muscles and how.

Really understanding where your instincts and habits have led you in the past means that you can check yourself in the future.

Being consciously aware of how your natural style of thinking can be further developed is vital to remaining fresh and attentive to future possibilities.

The Classic Storyline

We will introduce our memorable strategic model, supported by colourful visual aids.

The model deliberately borrows from traditional narratives and will feel very familiar to those of us hooked on stories, whether of the printed or celluloid variety.

But whether you like stories or not, its accessible and straightforward and aimed to help you remember beyond our training days how to approach your most effective strategic plans and decisions.

Over this course we will be exploring some of your real personal and professional case studies, applying the model to your organisation or maybe even your life!

What's Going On Now?

In order to begin to plan how to strategically move towards the future, it's useful to understand what is going on internally and the impact of external trends and influences.

Well, move beyond the old faithful, SWOTs or PESTLES to challenge everyone to furnish the facts.

We identify the juiciest, the scariest, the most enticing or the most inspiring to flesh out and justify their future potential actions.

The Future

Often the biggest block to defining a vision for the future is being caught up in the Now.

Reality checks firmly aside, this is where we invite you to break your thinking habits and take the lid off your creativity to imagine the ideal a bigger, better and brighter future.

To really s-t-r-e-t-c-h their future vision to utopian proportions, we indulge ourselves to imagine what it would look and feel like to those who work and would benefit from this ideal.

Key Goal

Resisting the kneejerk, a further challenge is presented as we bring an element of competition to the proceedings well start the clock as we go back to reality to examine what else may be currently going on.

This is another creative process which we won't spill the beans on for now but it will help you to clarify your key goals and why you may want, or indeed need, to achieve them.

Promising Possibilities

So we now know where we are heading and why, as well as being very clear about where we are starting from.

To get off the starting blocks we need some innovative ideas to consider how to get close to the ideal future.

In a fantasy world (our bespoke training studios) where everything is possible, fantasy solutions are invited.

Again, beyond first methods, what else could secure the vision? From the sublime to the ridiculous, what could enable the company to get there?

Here we free you up, entice you to defy your first solutions and be your most inventive and productive.

What Next

So you now have lots of fresh ideas and possibilities, how to decide what next?

We offer some straightforward ways of making decisions and assessing risks so that you are able to make informed decisions and can reassure others of your professional integrity.

Practical Planning

There are many ways of going about drawing up a plan. In this exercise, delegates will share useful ways they already know and we will throw a few of our own into the pot to help make your ideal a reality

Quality Assurance

Just to make sure that the future is challenging enough we invite you to consider how you would measure your future success, as well as consider the milestones along the way.

Making the Case

So you have your plan and you have considered contingencies how are you going to sell it to those who need to buy into it?

We will have more fun here supporting you to shape and present your strongest case for change, revisiting some of the evidence you will already have collated.

Not only that but the whole group will offer each person feedback as to which argument they found most convincing and why.

The Usual Suspects

Sometimes, or should that read very often, there may obstacles along the way sometimes these are people shaped.

We offer everyone an experience here.

What's it like to be confronted by obstacles or else to be unclear about where we are and where we are supposedly being led.

We will share a range of facilitation techniques for dealing with those people who might otherwise stall or scupper things, for example, those who always seem to find reasons why new ideas or plans are to be resisted.

Part of this section might include looking at how risk is perceived and how we might best manage risk and other people's feelings around it.

We give you lots of choices and options to get beyond 'we can't do that because...'.


Surely one of the biggest problems for realising a carefully planned business strategy can be that others don't actively share your passion and enthusiasm for the 'doing' bit.

Perhaps they have even expressed agreement but the reality is it was mere lip service.

We will practice some ways to help make sure things happen and that everyone feels motivated to pull together and to keep on doing so.


Strategic thinkers will anticipate sod's law that despite your best-laid plans things can go wrong, things may go pear-shaped.

Anticipating the worst is useful in terms of promoting your chances of success may sound like a contradiction in terms, but here we consider everything that could get in the way of your next creative strategy.

As well as thinking about what pre-emptive strategies and what contingencies we may want to have in place, we will lay down our final challenge to try to cover all bases.

Inviting solutions from those whose style is different to your own, you can also cross- check your own creative stretchiness key to informing your next developmental steps as a Creative Strategist.

Next Steps

Depending on time and energy, colleagues may want to start to write up their strategic plans or else to share any outstanding worries or concerns.

All our work will be supported by useful tips and aide-memoires to help you in the real world.

Our intention and passion is that our days together will support your confidence and enthusiasm and support the launch of your next real-life strategic plans ones which will have been carefully crafted, supported and rehearsed over our time together.

Delegates have the opportunity to take home hand-outs used during the course

They also have access to a course web page containing

  • Handouts used during the course
  • New supportive material
  • Impact Factory PDF documents
  • Recommended reading
  • Links to our favourite videos

Creative Strategic Thinking Course

Creative Strategic Thinking Course - 2 Day

1 Jul to 2 Jul 2019

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Creative Strategic Thinking Team

Creative Strategic Thinking - Impact Factory TrainerJanet Addison
Janet employs her love of people and what makes them tick to support their development in a way that's fun, useful and truly unique
Creative Strategic Thinking - Impact Factory TrainerNick Clark Windo
Nick is passionate about the work we do. He specialises in Communication, Assertiveness, Presentation and Teambuilding.
Creative Strategic Thinking - Impact Factory TrainerOttillie Parfitt
Ottillie draws on her considerable skills and creative background in her work with Personal Impact, Presentation and Customer Service.

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This Creative Strategic Thinking is limited to eight participants

Open Courses take place at our London training rooms:
Suite 121 Business Design Centre
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London N1 0QH

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Time: 9.30am to 5.30pm

Cost: £995.00 plus VAT 

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