Tools for Strategic Planning

Presented by: 
The Berrant Group
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 9:00am
Point Grey Campus
Student Union Building, 6138 Student Union Blvd. – Party Room (2nd Floor)
Focus Area: Workplace Skills

Program Summary

Strategic planning with your team can be a real challenge.  Keeping on track, exploring ideas, using time effectively, enabling you to participate, not just facilitate — these can all be difficult situations to overcome.  

This introductory program will provide you with a basic series of tools and processes that keep work-teams moving and on track, from creative chaos to detailed action plans


AAPS members who are interested in gaining introductory skills to strategic planning through hands-on learning. Not sure if this session is right for you? Contact us at

You Will Learn To

  • Generate, categorize and reach consensus on many ideas in less than an hour
  • Involve others without digressing or getting off track
  • Determine cause and effect relationships and identify driving issues
  • Identify and display gaps in current and desired performance
  • Utilize vision and values in the planning process
  • Build consensus, create support for ideas and generate buy-in for action plans
  • Allow participants to safely contribute openly and honestly
  • Provide practical, easy to follow steps toward solutions

You Will Use

  • Affinity Diagrams
  • Radar Charts
  • Interrelationship Digraphs
  • Nominal Group Technique

You Will Learn Through

  • Hands-on practice
  • Group work and discussions
  • Theory bursts

What past participants have said

I liked the fact that we got to apply the tools we learned during the workshop. There was a good balance between background info and application. I also liked to hear about the examples from other real-life situations that facilitators brought to our attention.

The group work was most useful and the fact that the examples were very relevant as they related to UBC.

Your Facilitators

The Berrant Group is an international training and facilitation firm based in Vancouver. Since 1995 they have provided Management and Business Skills Training, Planning Facilitation and Consulting Services.

Grant Penner and Ian Berry are the principle partners of The Berrant Group and each provide over twenty years of training, facilitation, consulting and operational experience. A balanced perspective, good sense of humour and the ability to zero in on your business needs form the essence of The Berrant Group.

Their approach balances strong, results-oriented objectives with a unique style that supports our strong belief that work must also be fun to be effective. Their clients range from private to public sector, high tech to manufacturing, and small to large sized organizations. The Berrant Group have conducted group sessions throughout North America, Asia and Europe.

Program Information

Tools for Strategic Planning

Friday September 27, 2013
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Student Union Building
6138 Student Union Boulevard [view location Map]
Room: Party Room (2nd Floor)

This is the final session in our introductory workplace skills series. The first two sessions were Foundations of Process Improvement and Practical Project Management. Please note, you do not need to have taken the first two session to participate.

To Register

Please email You will receive a confirmation notice or a wait list notice within a couple of days.

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