Strategic Thinking
June 16th, 2024


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Develop your strategic mindset to increase the overall success of your strategic plans

• Compare and contrast strategic thinking to analytical thinking, critical thinking, and inductive and deductive reasoning
• Create an action plan for development of strategic thinking skills in your role

Key Competences:
• Strategic thinking processes
• Understanding influences and relationships in your company
• Assessing your strategy
• Generating new ideas
• Embracing necessary risks

The Right Programme for you

You are a manager, director or leader who needs strategic thinking skills to gain better business insights and identify trends that can contribute to a more successful business strategy.

Typical Participants:
• Senior Managers
• Managers

Learn, Practice and Use

  Explore ways to challenge your assumptions and view your business in a new light
•  Learn and apply different thinking methods to avoid groupthink
  Control reactive fixes to problems even in an uncertain business environment
  Generate new ideas and evaluate future scenarios before your competitors do
• Know when to embrace necessary risk, even if resources and information are limited
• Learn to create better short-term goals that support long-term strategy
• Compare and contrast strategic thinking to analytical thinking, critical thinking and inductive and deductive reasoning
• Recognize and use thinking skills that support imagining new ways of relating to your market and your customers
  Share your knowledge and challenges with your peers and MCE's highly experienced faculty

Programme Modules

What will you learn and practice?

Strategic Thinking is a hands-on training programme, highly interactive with exercises and role plays. The programme will be led by an experienced facilitator with former management experience in international companies.

6 Programme Modules:

• Leverage New Skills to Support Your Strategic Thinking Every Day
• Apply a Process to Envision Your Organization’s Desired Future
• Recognise the Influences Within and Outside Your Organization That Could Support or Derail Your Future Goals
• Identify the Changes Necessary to Reach Your Future Goals
• Expand the Number of Perspectives That Influence Your Moves Forward
• Create a Plan for Building Skills and Testing Your Ideas

1 – Context of Strategic Thinking

• Define Strategic Thinking and Recognise How It Can Be Used in Your Day-to-Day Work
• Compare and Contrast Strategic Thinking to Analytical Thinking, Critical Thinking, and Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
• Identify the Characteristics of Strategic Thinkers

2 – Strategic Thinking Process and Skills

• Explain a Model for Strategic Thinking in Day-to-Day Activities and Work Applications
• List Skills and Tools That Can Be Used to Support Strategic Thinking

3 – Assess the Current State

• Identify the Influences and Relationships at Different Levels of an Organization That Can Impact a Strategy
• Recognise and Identify Patterns of Interaction and Development That Are Likely to Influence the Effectiveness of a Strategy
• Incorporate Multiple Perspectives on a Possible Strategy, and Assess Different Influences on the Potential Success

4 – Envision a Desired Future State

• Envision a Desired Future State
• Recognise and Use Thinking Skills That Support Imagining New Ways of Relating to the Market and Customers

5 – Build Your Path on Paper

• Identify and Sequence the Multiple Steps to Move from the Current State of the Issue/Opportunity to the Desire Future State
• Anticipate the Reactions/Responses of Others in the Larger Systems Impacting Your Situation
• Identify and Conduct Experiments and Tests That Point Your Way Forward

6 – Implement Your Strategic Knowledge and Skills

• Assess What You Gained from Applying Strategic Thinking Tools to Your Project
• Anticipate Pitfalls You May Encounter as a Strategic Thinker
• Create an Action Plan for Development of Strategic Thinking Skills


Laurent Decory

Andreas Matje

Juan Carlos Garcia

Philippe Buyze


“ It is a perfect possibility to connect with people from different industries, who are dealing with the same issues.”

Agata Kulik, Product Manager Special Salts, Jungbunzlauer Ladenburg GmbH, Germany


“ Facilitator, content, tools, methods, room were very good and fitted to the participants and their needs.”

Andreas Armenat, Head of Production, GO Generics & Standard Solutions, Fresenius Kabi AG, Germany


“Very interesting topics, international and multicultural environment. Very professional coach.”

Alessandro Foresio, Vice President, Logic S.p.A., Italy


“The subjects covered were extremely relevant and gave input to my personal development.”

Rosa Karen Schmidt, Senior VP-Assistant, Novo Nordisk, Denmark



What time does the programme start and finish?
MCE programmes start at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Lunch is a 1-hour break and there are two coffee breaks too. On the last day, the programme finishes at 16:30 as we know a lot of people have to catch planes and trains.

What should I wear (dress code) when participating in an MCE Programme?
Most participants wear Business Casual clothes. A formal business suit is not necessary.

Are there MCE approved/recommended hotels?
Yes, each programme has recommended hotels that have the best rates. We include details of these hotels in your registration pack.

Are meals included? I don’t eat certain food. Can I order special meals?
Lunch is provided every day and we always organize a buffet so you have a good choice of foods to cater for different needs.

Are there evening activities?
Your evenings are free, although there some exceptions (e.g. On the MCE Leadership Development Programme there is an activity on day 3)

Is there a free Wi-Fi?
For programmes at MCE in Brussels, there is free Wi-Fi throughout the building. For other locations, the services can vary, but in most locations we have organized free Wi-Fi.

What level of English do I need to take part in an MCE Programme?
MCE’s participants come from over 90 different countries but all of our open enrolment programmes are run in English. You need to have a good working knowledge of English to be able to fully participate in the programme and network with other participants. If you have difficulty understanding these questions, the programme might be difficult for you too.

Will I get a certificate at the end of the programme?
Yes, a certificate of attendance is provided to you upon successful completion of the programme.


Are MCE programmes certified by an official body/organization?
10 of MCE’s top selling programmes are approved by Project Management Institute and you can find more information on these programmes here.

What is the MCE approach to learning and development?
All of MCE’s Open Enrolment programmes are based on MCE’s FEEL-THINK-DO and 70-20-10 principles to enable effective learning transfer.

Who designs MCE programmes?
Our Portfolio team together with the core MCE Senior Associates design all of our programmes based on the ROPES model.

Are MCE’s Programmes practical?
MCE’s programmes are all designed to allow to practice what you have learnt. So you will have lots of time to practice, practice and practice.



Are VAT rates included in the price?
The price advertised in this page is VAT excluded and applicable to clients and companies legally based in the European Union.

All clients outside the European Union (EU), e.g. Middle East, Africa, Asia and America, are exempt from VAT rates. For them, the price advertised here is the final price to be paid.

  • One exception: Training Programmes in France. All clients (inside or outside the European Union) following training programmes in France are liable to 20% VAT rates in all cases.

When are VAT rates applicable to me?
In the case of clients and companies legally based in the European Union, VAT rates will be added to the price in the following cases:

  • If the client is a natural person (B2C) without a VAT number. 21% VAT applicable.
  • If the training programmes runs in France: 20% VAT applicable.
    • Also applicable to clients outside the European Union (EU)
    • Except when
      • The client is VAT-exempt
  • If the client is legally registered in Belgium (independent from where in Europe the training programme is followed): 21% VAT applicable.
    • Except when:
      • The client attend the training programme in France: 20% VAT applicable instead.
      • The client is VAT-exempt
    • If the client does not provide a corporate VAT number or does not have any VAT number: 21% VAT applicable (Only applicable to clients in the EU).

I don’t have approval from my finance team yet, can I make a tentative registration?
Yes, simply contact us and we will hold a place for you.

Is hotel accommodation included in the programme fee?
No, participants are expected to arrange their own accommodation and travel. The Programme fee covers the programme attendance, materials, lunches & refreshments.

Does MCE give discounts or grants for individual registrations?
MCE works mostly with companies and organizations and we can provide corporate deals for group bookings or preferred supplier deals. If you would like to discuss a corporate deal, we will be happy to talk to you.

Can I pay with my corporate credit card?
Yes, you can. We accept VISA, Mastercard and Amex.

Does MCE have corporate deals/frameworks available?
Yes, we have. Please contact us for more information.

Can I cancel or change my booking free-of-charge?
At MCE, we understand that business people have commitments and changes do happen. So you can cancel or change your registration up to 21 days before the programme starts without any fees or charges. After that date, you will need to pay full fees, but you are allowed to transfer once to a new programme date.


The MCE Team is ready to answer any questions you have. Please contact us by phone, email, contact form or even website chat. We would be happy to talk to you!


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Dates & Locations

29 Jul – 30 Jul 24 (Prague)
Hilton Prague Old Town

07 Oct – 08 Oct 24 (Amsterdam)

02 Dec – 03 Dec 24 (London)


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