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For maximum scheduling and enrollment flexibility, all 50 PowerSkills courses are offered onsite and online and are facilitated by one our our dynamic instructors. Online courses are offered on WebEx, Zoom, or LogMeIn/GoToWebinar platforms. Onsite courses come to you or a destination that you desire.

While most training businesses and government professionals relegate Executive Core Qualifications to SES (Senior Executive Service), PowerSkills believes that ECQs apply to the development of every government professional. Therefore, we reference them and link content to them in every course, so that every government professional realizes that their development is in support of their agency efforts to Lead People, Be Results Driven, Develop Business Acumen, Lead Change, and Build Coalitions.

Competencies offer professionals a common core of knowledge, skills, and abilities; a baseline from which a professional can assess strengths and growth gaps, create developmental and application plans, acknowledge accountabilities, be monitored and evaluated, and receive recognition and rewards. PowerSkills builds each course upon the foundation of Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Competencies. We use the OPM Framework Fact Sheet and MOSAIC Framework to design each course so that consistency is offered, standards are established, the bar is raised, and course work can be focused on the development and demonstration of aptitudes.

Classification Connection

Because each GS position classification has unique developmental needs our course descriptions provide a notation about which classification the course supports. Look for the “classification connection” in each course description.

While most training businesses and government professionals relegate Executive Core Qualifications to SES (Senior Executive Service), PowerSkills believes that ECQs apply to the development of every government professional. Therefore, we reference them and link content to them in every course, so that every government professional realizes that their development is in support of their agency efforts to Lead People, Be Results Driven, Develop Business Acumen, Lead Change, and Build Coalitions.

Competencies offer professionals a common core of knowledge, skills, and abilities; a baseline from which a professional can assess strengths and growth gaps, create developmental and application plans, acknowledge accountabilities, be monitored and evaluated, and receive recognition and rewards. PowerSkills builds each course upon the foundation of Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Competencies. We use the OPM Framework Fact Sheet and MOSAIC Framework to design each course so that consistency is offered, standards are established, the bar is raised, and course work can be focused on the development and demonstration of aptitudes.

Classification Connection

Because each GS position classification has unique developmental needs our course descriptions provide a notation about which classification the course supports. Look for the “classification connection” in each course description.

Strategic Thinking, Problem-Solving and Planning

The best managers and leaders in business and government follow the adage, “begin with the end in mind”. This means that they engage in comprehensive analysis, planning and solution-oriented problem solving, focused on end-goals and objectives, before initiating major changes in programs, processes or performance management initiatives. Yet, strategic planning is not meant merely for large-scale initiatives. It is a critical/creative thinking and planning process that can be applied to project management, programming, and personnel development. It requires thought paradigm shifts and includes specific tools for action planning and processes for the engagement of stakeholders.

Course ID: LEAD1142

Objectives

  1. Understand the nature and purpose of strategy development within organizations.
  2. Review competencies, concepts and practices associated with effective strategic planning.
  3. Differentiate 8 different types of thinking and develop strategic and systems thinking aptitudes.
  4. Identify operational and strategic problems that impact organization goal attainment.
  5. Utilize rapid problem-solving tools to effectively diagnose and discern solutions to problems.
  6. Examine various strategic planning models.
  7. Practice completing sections of strategic plans.

Format, models, tools, and activities

  • Interactive workshop format
  • Small groupwork activities
  • Problem-solving and planning games
  • Rapid Problem-Solving Model
  • W.O.T. and P.E.S.T.L.E. Assessment Tools
  • Three Strategic Planning Models and strategic planning practice

Duration: 3 days (24 hours)

Level: Intermediate

Competencies

·       Strategic Thinking

·       Systems Thinking

·       External Awareness

·       Problem-Solving

·       Vision

·       Creativity and Innovation

Classification connection: GS 9-15

Perfect for

  • Executive leaders
  • HR, EEO, and ER professionals
  • Supervisors and managers
  • Team and peer leaders
Category:
Leadership
  • PowerSkills Executive Advising and Coaching
  • Leadership Vision, Values, Virtues and Vestiges
  • Championing Change
LEAD1142

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