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A spotlight on strategy: Mastering the Pivot - being strategic

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United Kingdom
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Senior leadership
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3.5 Hours
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Higher Education and Further Education
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Spotlight Development Series

This online workshop is part of our Spotlight Development Series for Senior Strategic Leaders. If you would like to book onto the three session series at a discounted price, please click the below button.
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We haven’t just pivoted; the pivot keeps on turning!  This exclamation of words brings with it a lot of truth. The progressive uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic mean that far from a single strategic realignment, institutions are having to change, change and change again.

Strategy right now is a difficult game. It was becoming trickier anyway with strategic planning horizons drawing closer and closer as cycles of innovation and change accelerated (particularly technological). But now, in the pandemic landscape of 2020/21, we are experiencing an inversion of strategy, that challenge of trying to shape the future, as the short-term suddenly feels much more uncertain than the longer view. Rather than strategic planning, the art of being strategic is what matters now: acting with agility, dealing with fragility, and discovering new ability. And linked to a clear and unwavering sense of purpose, steadfastly doing the right things for the right reasons. Moving forward, rapid and creative scenario planning, working collectively and inclusively with a wide range of colleagues and stakeholders, is going to be one of the key skills for successful strategic leaders.

This event is the first in a series of three events. The other two events are:

A Spotlight on Change

9:00, 4 March 2021
Doug Parkin
The Truth About Change – the paradox of uncertainty and confidence
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A Spotlight on Digital

9:00, 30 March 2021
Doug Parkin, with input from James Clay and Lawrie Phipps, JISC
Leading in a Digital World

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