7 February 2011

"Planning from the Future Backwards – How to strategically plan in times of turbulence" with Lee Carsley | Monday, Feb 14

Strategic planning is an organisational constant. In fact, planning is a constant in our personal lives. But how often do events arise that derail that beautifully documented strategy plan? That, in hindsight, we kick ourselves and say, ‘I should have seen that coming’.

Most strategic planning processes start from the current state and propose a future, based on what we know now. Because of the way our minds work, this often means we miss those events or relationships which could have been turned into real strategic advantage for organisations, or ourselves!

You are invited to this workshop to explore the use of a strategic planning process that works from the future backwards. It has been successfully been used in government, the not for profit, the corporate sector to help leaders and their teams navigate their organisation. Drawn from the complexity field, and initially developed by Snowden and his team at Cognitive Edge as a response to complexity in organisations, this updated process integrates the known and unknown dimensions of the future, requiring people to use both their mind and their heart.

As facilitators, you will experience and examine the process, learn about the fundamental principles of complexity and chaos and see their application in strategic planning. You will see practically how creating the future from the future, helps us identify those diffusion and tipping points so many of us experience in complex change.

About the facilitator Lee Carsley:

Lee has worked in a variety of roles, from economist, business advisor, stage manager, OD Head, and change practitioner consultant over the past 25 years. Her organisational experience has ranged from strategic planning, leadership pipeline and individual leader development, to running multiple service delivery teams, globally and in Australia. She has facilitated large and small groups, virtually and in real time, in organisations and the community. She was Vice President of the Society for Organisation Learning Australia for 5 years, from where her initial experience and passion for complexity tools started. Over the years, as the research and practice in complexity evolved, Lee has incorporated these developments in her complexity toolkit. She is currently in final stages of writing a leader fieldbook on complex change, titled ‘Change Matters’.

Venue: University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Jones Street, Ultimo corner Thomas Street. Room 5.580 Level 5, Building 10, Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium foot bridge, walk straight ahead to room 580.

Time: from 5:30pm to 7:30pm sharp | No RSVP - Just turn up