Strategic Thinking Workshop

Workshop Content

The workshop is designed as a natural progression as each exercise or tool builds upon the previous. Facilitators plan to provide a morning and afternoon break, plus one hour for lunch.

Exercise/Tool Description Purpose Skills practiced
IMPACT: Forestry Edition Strategic foresight serious game To help imagine and think critically about the future of forestry Systems thinking

Cause and effect

Scenario building

Forestry Scenarios Presentation of three separate plausible future scenarios of relevance to federal forestry To introduce and practice thinking about the future as multiple alternatives Long-term perspective

Challenging assumptions

Futures Wheels Mind map that uncovers multiple cause and effect lineages of a future event To identify changes from the Forestry Scenarios that have indirect, but significant, impacts on the organization Cause and effect

Long-term perspective

Discoveries Worksheet Form used to highlight long-term challenges, strengths, opportunities, and risks To reveal how changes from the Futures Wheels could impact the organization, your team, and yourself Diversity and inclusion

Risk management

Leveraging opportunities

Strategic Approach & Guideposts Group discussion of typical strategies used to approach multiple scenarios To choose a method of action based on Discoveries Worksheet output Strategic planning

Strategic performance

Backcasting Reverse chronological assessment of steps needed to accomplish Strategic Approach To itemize and prioritize strategies to overcome internal challenges and leverage opportunities Future direction outline

Leveraging opportunities