This intense program will equip you with a set of practical, simple, but powerful tools and organizing frameworks to turn strategy into action and get results. By the end of the program, you will understand how to:
Design a strategy execution process
Support the translation of the high level goals into objectives and initiatives that can be actioned by the organization and that will lead to results
Align your organization with the strategy to be executed
Harness the power of your people through practical and proven engagement techniques
Introduce the disciplines and processes that make sure that things get done
Assess where resistance to execution might be and how to secure support
Deal with uncertainty and create a robust plan which is both focused and flexible
Content and Structure
In preparation for the residential phase, you will need to identify the execution challenges you are facing in your organization. During the program you will apply your learning directly to your own situation.
Utilizing a mixture of taught sessions and small group work with a blend of interactive lectures, video, case studies and work applied directly to your own organization, you will cover:
The execution challenge: assessing your blockers to change including resources, politics, and mental models, and assessing the state of organizational readiness
The requirements of successful execution: how to use a model which translates strategy into action, linking what, why and how
Working with goals: strategic thinking and mapping the hierarchy of goals; managing goal setting processes and identifying must win battles; planning holistically across the organization
Working in collaboration: harnessing the power of the people; getting attention and communicating; designing the ‘social mechanisms’ that engage everyone’s contribution; understanding and developing an execution culture
Working with accountability: methods for putting some governance around execution, bringing disciplines and management that ensure that accountability is clear and things get done; making the best use of metrics and mechanisms for reviewing progress
Securing commitment: using incentives; winning support and influencing actions
Managing the change program: tools to manage the overall process, sustain momentum and manage uncertainty; methods to use when there are no clear answers
Translating Strategy into Action in your organization: working out which tools and techniques could work for you, assisted by Ashridge tutors to help you assess ongoing projects, plans and papers
Tutors will facilitate a virtual follow-up session for the group six weeks after the residential phase. This will allow you and the other participants in the group to review your actions and support you all to make further progress.
You are also given continued access to your online program portal and Virtual Ashridge content for six months after your residential stay.
This program is a module of our Advanced Management Program.
Translating Strategy into Action is also run in the Middle East.
All Ashridge Open Programs are taught in English, find out how we can help you to improve your English.
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“Excellent summary of strategy translation – helpful research and tools but mainly it’s been practical. I have a clear view of what I need to go away and do now.”
Grace Chan, Head of Finance, Nesta
“The program will definitely be of help in translating strategy into action as it gives me some thought stimulation and tools to make the execution more effective.”
Marco Ellerker, Managing Director, Ellesse
“High impact learning focussed on those charged with setting a strategy and bringing a team with then.”
Brian Thompson, Head of Manufacturing Practice, Unipart Expert Practices
“Very useful course with valuable tools and techniques for delivery of strategy.”
Keith Rigg, Divisional IS Operations Manager, Kingspan Insulated Panels
“An excellent venue that helps to get the creative juices flowing. With knowledgeable friendly staff that will help you at every stage of your journey.”
Tony Jones , Regional Commercial Manager, Newey and Eyre
“Unlocking the strategy with ‘hows’ and ‘whys’, by teams with great techniques.”
Wayne Bridgehouse, Head of Facilities Management, Newey and Eyre
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Who is it for?
You are a senior manager or leader who has a role in or is contributing to executing your company’s strategy, and you need to have the skills and knowledge necessary to turn strategy into actions that will achieve results for your organization.
Benefits to you and your organization
Research has shown that even well thought-through strategies supported by major communication efforts will not have an impact unless they undergo a disciplined execution process involving the company’s distributed leaders.
As a participant on this program you are one of those distributed leaders who are crucial to effective execution. You will leave with a method for aligning your team with the strategy, coordinating with colleagues and defining the space you need to adapt your actions as the situation evolves.
When you return to your organization, you will be able to put these methods into action, embed them in your part of the organization and become more effective at leading your team and working with colleagues. As you begin using your new skills, your increased personal effectiveness will have an impact on others and ultimately contribute to the performance of the organization as a whole.
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“It is the best program I have been on in my 25 year career, and the only one that has stuck with me.”