Leading Strategic Initiatives (Program Management) with Greg Githens

Prework: 1.0 hour

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this training, learners will be able to:

  • Recognize why “initial starting conditions” are essential for strategic initiatives and apply appropriate techniques to assure benefits realization. 
  • Understand the competencies of personal leadership in strategy delivery
  • Apply communications techniques to better convey benefits, value, opportunities, and promises to stakeholders

Description

As organizations recover, pivot, and “bounce forward” from the pandemic, they will increasingly charter strategic initiatives. Strategic initiatives are distinct from initiatives intended to improve business operations. They are bold endeavors with large organizational scale and scope; thus, they are programs that apply tools from the program management toolbox.

When in crisis and emerging from crisis, individuals typically discover that a new kind of thinking is needed. Individuals need to acquire an executive and strategic mindset, reject out-of-date conventions and practices, and apply the principles of innovation and experimentation.

This training's primary objective is to provide proven leadership practices, skills, and insights specific to strategic initiative programs. Learners will exit the training with tools, perspective, and confidence to make instant, positive contributions to their organization.

The training content is grounded in real-world examples of strategic initiatives delivered through video clips, personal experiences, and case discussions.

Prework

In addition to 7 PDUs for attending this course, you will also get an opportunity to earn 1 additional PDU for participating in pre-work. Registrants will get details regarding participation prior to the start of the course. This is a great opportunity to earn a PDU at no extra cost!
  • Introductions
    • An example of a future-leaning career narrative 
    • Training logistics and learning objectives
  • Program Management
    • Programs versus project distinctions
    • Main job of the program manager
    • Five performance domains
    • Getting off to a good start
    • Governance and decision-making: Managing the choice cascade
    • Communicating the program brand
    • Discovery orientation
  • Personal Leadership
    • Big Ideas alignment, commitment, coordination
    • Get off to a good start
    • Psychological safety
    • Personal leadership
    • Prioritizing issues
    • The LIDDS model
    • Operations versus strategy
  • Strategic Initiatives as a Change-the-Business Endeavor
    • Closing performance gaps
    • Using culture’s strengths
    • Translating strategic decisions into tactical decisions
    • Definition of strategic initiatives
  • Delivering a Rolling Wave of Benefits
    • Metrics
    • Sustaining commitment
    • Economic and emotive benefits
    • Benefits are experienced
    • Benefits map and traceability
    • Program roadmap
    • Incremental delivery of benefits
    • Rolling wave
  • Story Telling
    • Key elements of a strategy story
    • Prospective hindsight technique
    • Elevator speech
    • Micro-stories
    • TACOS model of communicating innovation
  • Better Questions Spark Better Strategy
    • Four driving questions of innovation projects
    • New models of expertise
    • Resourcefulness and clearness in strategic thinking

PDU Allocation Table

The table below displays the number of professional development units (PDUs) awarded for each PMI® credential, as they align to the PMI Talent Triangle®. Power Skills and Business Acumen PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Ways of Working PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials. *Please note that the asterisked row below applies to the PMI® Agile Certification Journey and includes Disciplined Agile® Scrum Master (DASM), Disciplined Agile® Senior Scrum Master (DASSM), Disciplined Agile® Coach (DAC), and Disciplined Agile® Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC) certifications.
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acumen Total
CAPM® / PMP® / PgMP® 4 4 7 15.00
PMI-ACP® / Agile* 1 4 7 12.00
PMI-SP® 0 4 7 11.00
PMI-RMP® 0 4 7 11.00
PfMP® 1 4 7 12.00
PMI-PBA® 0 4 7 11.00
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acument Talent Triangle

Instructor(s)

Gregory

Gregory D. Githens PMP

Greg Githens’ mission is to upskill individuals to make positive impact by delivering useful ideas and new perspectives. His engaging enthusiastic style has earned him the reputation as one of PMI’s most popular speakers.

Greg is the author of How to Think Strategically: Sharpen Your Mind. Develop Your Competency. Contribute to Success. This highly rated book explains that strategic thinking is an individual competency composed of 20 microskills. Because strategic thinking is rare and valuable, those who demonstrate it have more value to their organizations and are more promotable.

Greg has been a featured speaker at PMI congresses, PMI chapters, The Management Roundtable, and elsewhere. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University (USA) and a master’s degree from Miami University (USA).

Training Information

PDUs
15
Level
Advanced
Dates
14 - 15 June 2023
Length
2 Days

Price

Member Price
US$1535.00
(US$1385.00 before 1 May)
Nonmember Price
US$1760.00
(US$1585.00 before 1 May)
Government Price
US$1385.00
Student Price
US$679.00

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