Effective strategic planning is essential to the future success of any organization. However, most strategic planning is lacking in vision. It is merely a straight-line extrapolation of the past into the future. In a world where the pace of change is greater than ever before this is at best shortsighted and at worst a prescription for disaster. Real strategic planning is about positioning the organization for a future which will be different from the past. This new seminar will focus on strategic planning as the essential management system guiding the organization into the future by setting focused goals that will establish and enhance competitiveness. Highlights of the seminar are as follows. Presentation of the concept and significance of strategy and strategic planning, Introduction to the main approaches to strategy formulation and goal setting, Case examples of organizations formulating strategic plans, Group work on specific cases and problems, Extensive use of practical examples in which the course leader has been personally involved.