PROGRAM


9:00

Participant introductions and expectations

9:20

Overview of "Futurizing:" Tools, Processes and Culture
 

A broad treatment of what a "futures-thinking/acting" organization entails in terms of culture, capabilities and techniques

 


9:50

Developing the Early Warning System
 

This section uses a small group exercise (the Nominal Group Process) where participants take the role of a simulated organizationís senior executives charged with establishing an early warning system to provide input into the strategic planning process. The purpose of the exercise is to gain experience in linking potential external events into an organizations strategic planning process and to model how to establish an early warning system in an organization.

The exercise has the following steps:

  1. What are the potential events that could affect the organization?
  2. Prioritize the most critical events.
  3. Take the most critical event and derive the implications for the organization if it were to occur.
  4. Given these implications, what should the organization do?

 


11:00

Break

11:15

Dealing with Uncertainty: Scenarios and Strategic Planning
 
  1. What are the critical uncertainties that confront your organization?
  2. How does scenario planning address these uncertainties?

12:30

Lunch

2:00 Making Decisions in Conditions of Uncertainty

2:45

Putting It All Together: Developing a "Futures Culture"
 
  1. What is strategic management?
  2. How do you develop a culture that can translate vision, planning, leadership, and empowerment into action?

3:15

Break

3:30

Individual exercise

What are three most important elements that should be introduced in your organization to make it "futurized"?

3:50

Reportbacks

Describe the current culture in your organization. Report the elements that you would introduce. Explain how you would introduce them in your organization. What results do you expect?

4:45

Wrap-Up

5:00

Adjourn