Strategy and Action Planning

Driving business strategy through Organisation Development

Live Facilitator Lead Course – NQF Level 5

What is strategy anyway? Why do different organisations have different approaches to strategy development? The challenges to thinking strategically are compounded by the high operational demands of running a business. What does an Organisation Development practitioner need to know about strategy in order to let strategy guide Organisation Development? When and how does Organisation Development help to shape strategy?

The need for this module

Understanding how to navigate the delicate balance of strategy and operations is essential to the successful development and implementation of strategy. It is crucial to continuously scan the internal and external environment to identify strategic opportunities and communicate these at the appropriate forums.


How do we think strategically within the reality of high operational demands? Through Strategy and Action Planning you will learn how to constantly see connections that enable the whole organisation to achieve common and individual goals.


In order to contribute to strategy development, you must develop an understanding of how to move beyond strategy formulation, seeking application opportunities for key stakeholders and collaborating in the design of implementation plans and monitoring systems.

What will be covered?
  • Design and facilitate strategic planning processes
  • Apply different strategy approaches for your organisational context
  • Translate business strategy into Organisation Development requirements
What are the expected understanding/knowledge outcomes?
  • Basic understanding of the models, foundations and language of strategic and action planning
  • Understand two basic strategic assessment tools
  • Understand the connection between the organisation’s strategic plan and Organisation Development
  • Understand the fundamentals of business unit action planning
  • Understand principles of formulating a purpose statement
What are the expected behavioural outcomes?
  • Identify and explain three common approaches to business strategy and indicate when they could be applied
  • Apply two basic strategic assessment tools
  • Identify the most important factors that may impact on a business strategy
  • Develop a strategy for the department/division, in line with Organisation Development best practice
  • Facilitate a business unit action planning session
  • Develop action plans for the department/division
  • Implement action plans
  • Review action plans
  • Formulate a purpose statement for an organisation
Class Duration

2-days or 16-hours


Assessment is an integral component contributing to the success of this module. Participants will be required to participate in a variety of assessment activities that include but are not limited to assignments, action learning projects, case studies and examinations.

The WorldsView™ Academy Learning Process

The WorldsView™ Academy Learning Process underlies all WorldsView™ programmes and is informed by progressive research about learning in contemporary environments. Our learning process consists of four learning channels:

  • E-Learning platform that provides both a base for becoming familiar with  the field of each programme, as well as a space for ongoing exploration;
  • A Classroom engagement where our faculty facilitate rich conversations  and learning experiences to deepen understanding of the field;
  • A Workplace Application, often in the form of a workplace project, to   root learning in the actual work experience of learners and to ensure practical relevance and embodied understanding;
  • and an Assignment/Evaluation, usually a portfolio of evidence combined with an examination, to confirm learning and conform to external examination board requirements, e.g. the Council on Higher Education, to formalise qualification.
Academic Faculty

Only highly qualified and experienced organisation development practitioners are appointed as Faculty in WorldsView Academy. Faculty members are selected in accordance with the specific module criteria as approved by the Academic Board. The requirements for the appointment of Faculty include relevant academic qualifications, experience in developing organisations and facilitation or lecturing experience.

Quality Standards in Programme Development

A quality education programme begins with the development of quality modules and courses. World-class design and development standards are deeply entrenched in every programme module, setting WorldsView Academy apart from other educational programmes. Our design and development policies, frameworks and principles guarantee robust processes in the development of learning programmes and material.


These include:

  • Highly qualified and experienced development Faculty.
  • A robust development process.
  • Numerous Academic Board and peer reviews.
  • Integrated Learning.
  • Core themes and philosophies that underpin all modules, ensuring learning coherence.
Who should attend?

Internal and external consultants, management consultants, change management practitioners, managers, HR practitioners, organisation development practitioners, change practitioners and organisational and community leaders. Anyone who leads and/or influences individuals, teams, groups or organisations.

Entry Requirements
  • National Senior Certificate/Grade 12/NQF level 4 (or equivalent)
  • Age exemption (23 years or older)
  • English at grade 12/NQF level 4 or equivalent
In-company and Customisation Options

At WorldsView™ Academy, we understand that companies have unique organisational needs, which is why we offer customised training and development solutions to best suit your particular requirements. Please contact us for further information in this regard.