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Continuing Studies

Strategic Thinking, Planning and Organizational Transformation

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Strategic planning provides both a process and a set of outcomes that help you find the answers to core questions about organizational identity and direction. Discover how to construct your organization's strategic plan, involve other stakeholders in its development and ensure successful implementation. Counts as a CPM Management required class.


Desired learning outcomes

After participating in this program, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the strategic planning process and its essential components.
  2. Describe the role that strategic planning plays in enabling long-term organizational success.
  3. Discuss the importance of strategic thinking and its relationship to strategic planning.
  4. Identify the levels of thinking/planning/action in organizations — and assess your own effectiveness at using the right mix of levels.
  5. Explore the four phases of the strategic planning process.
  6. Discuss the value of conducting a SWOT analysis.
  7. Identify common obstacles to effectively operationalizing a strategic plan.

Overview: Extra Information

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Division of Continuing Studies is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 6
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units .6

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Masha Bubela at masha.bubela@wisc.edu or 608-263-5130

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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Meet your instructor(s)

Jeff Russell

(MS, UW-Madison) is codirector of Russell Consulting, where he helps organizations successfully respond to the challenges of continuous change. He focuses on leadership development, strategic thinking, leading change, understanding and dealing with behavioral styles, and performance management.

What Attendees Are Saying

I greatly appreciated the strong emphasis on the differences between strategic thinking and planning.
I really enjoyed the SWOT activity, I'm going to use this with my district!
The class included a large amount of material, but it did not overwhelm. There was a good balance of instruction and practice in small groups.
I really appreciated how the class was set up, esp. the personal learning objective and AHA sheet/action plan. Regular reflection and time to apply what we learned to ourselves/next steps/takeaways. I especially appreciated the ideas on developing strategic thinking mindset in myself and others.