Project Management Institute

Leading Strategic Initiatives (Program Management) with Greg Githens


Topics: Leadership Development | Strategic Planning and Implementation | Complexity

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. Strategic initiatives 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 Individuals need to acquire an executive and strategic mindset, reject out-of-date conventions and practices, and apply the principles of innovation and experimentation.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 seminar’s primary objective is to provide proven leadership practices, skills, and insights specific to strategic initiative programs. Participants will exit the seminar with tools, perspective, and confidence to make instant, positive contributions to their organization. The seminar content is grounded in real-world examples of strategic initiatives delivered through video clips, personal experiences, and case discussions.

Pre-Work: 1.0 hours.

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What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the distinctive leadership competencies of program managers (compared to project managers)
  • Identify the four LIDS leadership roles for a program manager
  • Recognize how the BAGEL model defines the five performance domains of program management (Benefits, Alignment, Governance, Engagement, Lifecycle)
  • Recognize the characteristics of good strategy 
  • Using storytelling concepts to effectively communicate with stakeholders
  • Use metrics to improve alignment with strategy
  • Identify the essential elements of organizational pivots
  • Gain better support change and transformation initiatives
  • Develop governance concepts that foster buy in and benefit and also avoids bureaucracy
  • Recognize the AAAT model of organizational resilience and how it affects business pivots (Anticipation, Absorptive, Adaptation, Transformation)

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®. Leadership and Strategic PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Technical PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials.
Technical Leadership Strategic 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
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Seminar Instructor(s)


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).

Course Information

2 Days
7 - 8 April 2021


Member Price
(US$1456.00 before 22 February)
Non-Member Price
(US$1612.00 before 22 February)
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