ASP Global Webinars 2018
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Webinars are a great way of learning new strategic tools or polishing up your business skills from your own home or office!  

Each year we assemble a series of topics and expert speakers to support professionals who have some familiarity and interest in each topic and want to learn more. All the webinars are educational in nature and may provide additional reading material either as pre-reading or as follow up to the topic. Some of the information will be helpful to those taking the ASP Certification in Strategy Planning. Live webinars will provide an opportunity for you to ask questions through the moderator.

 If you have any interest in presenting or would like to propose a topic for a future Global Webinar please reach out Jennie Benjamins, ASP's Marketing & Member Services Coordinator.

March 2018

Next Generation Strategic Planning: Defining, Forecasting & Managing Uncertainty
March 13, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 PM (EST)


Uncertainty is the most significant source of challenge . . . and opportunity . . . confronting every organization in the world today. Yet, when planning and formulating strategy, most management teams focus on realizing their vision for the future without fully contemplating the uncertainty that could either destroy or enhance that vision. Although strategic planning typically includes a SWOT analysis or an environmental assessment, the opportunities and threats identified through those exercises usually come from sources of information already known to management (trends, news stories, white papers, research, speeches, articles, forecasts, etc.). This information is critically important, but often falls short when planning for the impact of unknown, unexpected and disruptive events, circumstances and technologies.

Next Generation Strategic Planning is a process of anticipating, predicting, preparing for and managing specific plausible events, circumstances and technologies that are presently unknown, unheard of and unexpected . . . and potentially disruptive. Adding Next Generation Strategic Planning to a traditional planning process prepares management teams to realize (or exceed) their vision by positioning the organization to leverage unexpected opportunities and mitigate or eliminate unexpected threats . . . before competitors even know they're coming!

This webinar unveils a process for forecasting, anticipating, preparing for, and managing plausible events, circumstances and technologies that are presently unknown, unexpected and potentially disruptive, yet rarely if ever contemplated in traditional strategic planning.

** PLEASE NOTE - this webinar will only be offered as a LIVE presentation. No recording will be available following the webinar. **

About Jim McComb

Jim McComb has been a professional corporate strategic planner and strategist for more than 35 years. His background includes roles as a senior planning and strategy executive at two Fortune 100 firms and as a global partner at the world’s largest dedicated strategic planning consultancy. Currently Managing Director of Wild Card Strategy in Los Angeles, Jim specializes in working with the management teams of businesses, non-profits and government agencies in forecasting, preparing for, and managing Wild Cards.

He is a past President (2005-2007) and board member (2002-2009) of the Association for Strategic Planning, a certified Strategic Management Professional (SMP) since 2010, and was inducted into the ASP Hall of Fame in 2009. Jim has served on the board of the Next Practices Institute, a Southern California think tank of C-suite executives, since 2009 and is the author of six books, including the forthcoming Certain Success in an Uncertain World:  How to Predict and Endure a Disruptive Future.

April 2018

Connecting Strategy Design and Delivery: Closing the Expensive Implementation Gap

April 16, 2018

12:00 - 1:00 PM (ET)

Is your next strategic initiative doomed to fail? According to a Brightline Initiative’s survey, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU, 2017) with 500 senior executive leaders across the globe, only one in ten organizations successfully reach all of their strategic goals. On average, organizations fail to delivery 20 percent of their strategic projects. Ricardo Vargas, Executive Director of The Brightline Initiative, will share some insights and key findings of the research and discuss what Leaders are doing to successfully deliver their strategic objectives. Ricardo will draw connections between the research findings and the Brightline’s 10 Guiding Principles to help organizations close the expensive strategy-implementation gap.

About Ricardo Viana Vargas

Ricardo Viana Vargas is a specialist in project management and strategy implementation. Over the past 20 years, he has been responsible for more than 80 major transformation projects in several countries, covering an investment portfolio of over 20 billion USD. He is currently the Executive Director of the Brightline Initiative™, a coalition of leading global organizations from business, government and not for profit sectors, dedicated to provide a knowledge and networking platform that delivers insights and solutions to successfully bridge the gap between strategy design and strategy delivery. From 2012 to 2016, Ricardo was the first Global Director of the Infrastructure and Project Management Group with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). Ricardo has written fifteen books on the subject of project management, and also host one of the most relevant podcasts in the field, the 5 Minutes PM Podcast, with more than 4 million views.

May 2018

Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence

May 2, 2018

1:00 - 2:00 PM (ET)

We typically associate success of strategic planning with smarts, passion and luck. But in today’s hypercompetitive world, even those gifts aren’t enough. Strategist Erica Dhawan argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence (CxQ). As radical a concept as Emotional Intelligence was in the 90s, Connectional Intelligence is turning people into superconnectors who accelerate innovation, break down silos and foster breakthrough impact from strategic planning.

This dynamic, engaging, high-energy, fast- paced webinar will help participants understand the practice of using connectional intelligence as the key to professional success and leadership in strategic planning Attendees will learn new insights and tools to accelerate the connected power of teams, become more agile and innovative, and drive breakthrough ideas and outcomes.

Learning outcomes include: 

  • How anyone can excel not just through skills and smarts, but through Connectional Intelligence?
  • Keys to leveraging your networks and connections, and creating contagious positive results?
  • Successful tactics used to address connectional overload and in changing turbulent times?
  • How leaders create deep connections of fierce loyalty and respect from their team and customers?
  • How connectionally intelligent leaders outperform the competition and create remarkable results?

Now it’s your turn to leverage the secrets of the people using connectional intelligence. It’s your turn to “Get Your Big Things Done.” You’ll be surprised just how easy it is.

About Erica Dhawan

Erica Dhawan is the Founder & CEO of Cotential, a global consultancy that helps organizations transform by delivering collaboration across teams, business units, customers and other stakeholders. As one of today’s most provocative business thinkers on the future of work, Erica advises business leaders and companies to lead markets through innovations that matter, create increasing value for customers and clients, deliver sustainable results and ensure future global competitiveness.Erica Dhawan is the co-author of the bestselling book: Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence rated #1 on What Corporate America is Reading. An in-demand speaker, Erica has spoken, worldwide, to organizations and enterprises that range from the World Economic Forum at Davos to U.S. and global Fortune 500 companies. Her clients range from Deloitte, Fidelity Investments, Credit Suisse, and Pepsico. Her writings have appeared in dozens of publications, including Fast Company, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review. In 2015, Erica was listed on the Thinkers50 RADAR list for the emerging management thinkers around the world most likely to shape the future of business, management and strategy and was named one of Levo 100’s Transformers. She serves as a board member to Deloitte’s Inclusion External Advisory Council and Lufthansa Innovation Hub.

Erica also serves as a member of the Aspen Institute Socrates Society, World Economic Forum Global Shapers, Milken Young Leaders and the Young Entrepreneur Council. She previously worked at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital and served as a research fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. She has an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, MBA from MIT Sloan, and BS at the Wharton School.

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Recordings of our 2016-2017 Webinar Series can be viewed here.


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