Executive Education

Scenario Workshop

Establish a healthy decision culture in your organization 

Predictions will prove incorrect—history is littered with examples. And as if that uncertainty weren’t enough, we often fall prey to cognitive biases when thinking about the future, further misdirecting our decision making.

Systematic scenario planning is an effective tool to improve the resilience of your business strategy.

Scenarios are designed to shake people out of the “tyranny of the present” and broaden their thinking about possible futures. They facilitate the discussion of what an organization might do in response to how the future might unfold. Unfortunately, this is where guidance from scenario planners typically stops. How can we know if our actions or responses to scenarios are the best ones—or even the right ones?

SDG’s Scenario Workshops prepare your executive team to create value by broadening strategic thinking and to create strategies that are robust across many possible futures, to build on data and analytics, and to systematically incorporate better judgment into your strategy-development process.

SDG’s Scenario Workshop for Executive Teams

SDG will lead your leadership team through a scenario-development process that sets the stage for strategic decision making:

Workshop Preparation

Identify suitable participants and define the central question or questions to be addressed in the scenario process.

Brainstorm Driving Forces

Engage in anonymous idea-gathering through a cloud-based platform utilizing the STEEP framework, while actively seeking diverse inputs from a wide range of participants.

Identify Critical Uncertainties

Identify and prioritize critical uncertainties by initially conducting an identification process using a cloud-based tool before the group workshop.

Define Relevant and Useful Scenarios

Craft scenarios and related stories, while also identifying implications and signposts for the given context.

Decision Quality Integration

Set the stage to incorporate decision quality into the strategy-development effort.

The on-site workshop is typically conducted as a full-day session; a virtual variation can be conducted in several separate interactions over a longer period.

Executive Education / Professional Certificate ​

Scenarios and Forecasting: Planning for Uncertainty is a core course in the curriculum for the professional certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management offered by Texas Executive Education at The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs Business School. This course is available in interactive live virtual format, on campus, and at your company site.

To arrange a workshop for your executive team, contact SDG.

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