From Strategic Thinking to Executable Plan

Host: D2N2 Growth Hub

Location: East Midlands Chamber, 8 Experian Way, Nottingham NG2 1EP

Cost: FREE


Tuesday, 5th October 2021 at 9:30am - 4:30pm

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So, you have a vision for the future, for you and your business.  For many, turning thinking into planning that can be effectively shared and, more importantly, executed is a real challenge. On the one hand, this can be seen as a waste of time – how can you realistically see 3 or 5 years into the future?   Then there’s the process which has the reputation of creating mind-numbing meetings and little in the way of engaging and inspirational outcomes for your people.

Does your approach to strategic thinking measure up and are your results what you expect?  If you’re at all unsure, this workshop will explain how you can approach strategic thinking straightforwardly and help you create and execute your business plans effectively.

The workshop will introduce participants to a full process from initial strategic thinking through to executable plan. This is designed to provide a framework for a business to implement over time.

Participants will explore the activities that contribute to strategic thinking, the necessary steps to establish a plan and to execute and manage performance, supported by materials that outline the steps and approaches.

Who should attend this workshop?

This workshop is aimed at business owners and leaders with responsibility for creating and executing strategies and delivering results.  It’s delivered in a straightforward way that any leader and manager can access; they’ll learn to use tools and approaches that will support planning across the organisation.

Please note that this workshop is open to trading SMEs based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Businesses located outside of this area will be unable to attend and instead directed to alternative support.

What will we cover?

  • explore a comprehensive process for strategic thinking
  • understand the need for, and learn key elements of, stakeholder engagement
  • create a plan for undertaking their own strategic thinking process
  • learn how to turn their thinking into a prioritised plan
  • explore the execution and management of the plan over time

What outcomes can you expect from joining us?

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • review your current strategic thinking activity
  • engage with stakeholders to re-imagine the elements of your strategic thinking
  • capture your thinking in clear plans
  • design, organise, and communicate your plans using simple tools and approaches
  • implement a system for review and monitoring of activity

This is an interactive, action planning workshop which will be delivered in-person. We have put new safety protocols in place to ensure we deliver our in-person events in a safe environment for you to learn and network. Before attending, please read the protocols we have in place here. You will leave this session with handouts and a practical action plan which can be implemented within your business.


1. Part 1, Strategy to Plan

  • 9.30am - 9.45am - Registration, welcome and refreshments
  • 9.45am - 10.00am - Introduction to D2N2 Growth Hub
  • 10.00am - 11.15am - Workshop presentation
  • 11.15am - 11.30am - Break
  • 11.30am - 12.30pm - Workshop presentation
  • 12.30pm - 1.15pm - Lunch Break

Please note that lunch is not provided. You are welcome to bring your own lunch with you to consume on-site or we would be happy to direct you to locations nearby where lunch can be purchased.

2.Part 2, Plan to Successful Implementation

  • 1.15pm - 2.30pm - Workshop presentation
  • 2.30pm - 2.45pm - Break
  • 2.45pm - 4.15pm - Workshop presentation
  • 4.15pm - 4.30pm - Finishing comments and close

Who’ll be presenting this workshop?

Steve Hobbs is a widely respected Facilitator, Coach and Mentor, specialising in engendering behaviours that drive growth. With over two decades of experience, he’s worked with individuals and teams from organisations of all sizes – from start-ups to global corporates.  

Steve is dedicated to helping businesses to plan and implement strategies which help them navigate uncertain and often complex environments, such as the one we now find ourselves in.  



ERDF - SME Enrolment Form

Having booked onto this event you will be required to complete an SME Enrolment form via our online portal if you have not already done so. We require this form to be completed as part of the eligibility requirements of our ERDF funding.

The form must be completed in full prior to your attendance at this event. The form only needs to be completed once, after this you will be able to access multiple Growth Hub events and adviser support. Further information will be provided directly after your registration is received.

This in person event is hosted by the D2N2 Growth Hub, East Midlands Chamber and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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