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SES Enterprise Leadership Lab: Using Strategic Foresight to Influence Strategic Decision Making


  • May 14, 2021 at *ONLINE*, online course, Tuition: $875  (#25605)   FULL
    Friday, May 14, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time. Virtual check-in begins at 8:00 AM ET.
    An agenda and other materials to prepare for this program will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the program.


The Federal workforce looks to its Senior Executives to provide strategic vision. Few leaders anticipated the possibility of the COVID pandemic, and even those who predicted a pandemic were not fully prepared for its impact on the country and on the operations of the Federal government. To thrive in an inherently unpredictable, complex environment, enterprise leaders are more likely to succeed if they consider a wider range of plausible futures as they envision and strategically plan – and then act accordingly to shape the future.

Strategic foresight practices help fulfill this critical responsibility. While not a precise science, strategic foresight aids in envisioning and shaping the long-term future of your agency and its systems. It sharpens leadership capacity to see around corners to identify previously unforeseen opportunities and risks.

Using strategic foresight practices to invent the future requires an agile mindset and individuals who can lean into uncertainty while at the same time looking to reduce it. It requires leaders who are keen to perceiving change subtleties and practiced in connecting today’s actions with tomorrow’s effects.

This highly engaging process dispenses with the drudgery of traditional strategic planning and gets teams working together to define the future they want -- and the ones they don't want.

How You Will Benefit

During this SES Enterprise Leadership Lab for Federal Senior Executives, you will:

  • Enhance your enterprise leadership acumen through greater understanding of strategic foresight and improve your strategic thinking skills and enterprise mindset.
  • Practice alternative futures thinking by collaborating with fellow Senior Executives from across government on enterprise-level leadership challenges as you explore their implications together.
  • Explore the benefits of using an alternative futures exercise in small groups to prepare your agency for whatever challenge might come next.
  • Learn practical applications to bring strategic foresight to the organization you lead.

    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and ECQ Competencies addressed during this program include:

    ECQ 1: Leading Change. Flexibility, Strategic Thinking, Vision, and External Awareness.
    ECQ 3: Results Driven. Entrepreneurship.

    Who Should Attend

    Career Senior Executive Service (SES), Senior Level (SL), and Senior Scientific or Professional (ST), and other SES-equivalents. SES Enterprise Leadership Labs support the continuing development of Senior Executives government-wide. Strategic foresight is especially useful for Federal leaders engaged in guiding large-scale change efforts, major projects, and initiatives to determine the desired strategic direction of their agencies.