Strategic Planning and Thinking

Course Description

The strategic planning/thinking training includes the following:

  • Introduce a framework for thinking strategically about planning in general

  • Offer insights into some of the key pitfalls to good planning and plan implementation

  • Overview a handful of key strategic planning models and their attributes

  • Strong emphasis on adaptive planning  

  • Provide opportunities to consider client’s current planning needs and challenges within the context of some or all the models

Standard Course Length

  • 1-Day Training

  • Can be broken into smaller increments over a period of weeks.


Please contact us for pricing information.

FAcilitated by

Paul Horton – Principal Member of The Athena Group since 2013. Paul is a leadership and strategy coach and organizational change professional with over 20 years of experience working with the public, private, non-profit, and higher education sectors.  He is keenly aware of the pressures decision-makers and leaders are under to deliver in the face of rapid change, uncertainty, budget and time constraints, and increasing demands from stakeholders.  Paul sees his work as helping leaders navigate complexity and change, lead with clarity, and achieve internal alignment and coherence. He also works with groups to help them become more adaptive and resilient and build and sustain a culture of trust, mutual respect, and on-going learning.

Paul’s work is grounded in both a theoretical and a practical understanding of systems thinking, organizational theory, and group (or “process oriented”) dynamics.  He specializes in using dialogue-based, participatory approaches to engage diverse perspectives, build social capital, and improve organizational outcomes. Paul is skilled at facilitating meetings where there is a high degree difference or divisiveness, and that generate personal insights and uncover innovative possibilities for moving forward.

Paul received his Master’s in Leadership in Complexity & Strategic Sustainable Development from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.  He also earned a Certificate in Sustainable Business from Pinchot Graduate School. Paul is also a certified CoResolve instructor (CoResolve is an adjunct of Deep Democracy, a facilitation methodology for engaging conflict and working with differences).