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Strategic Capability Planning

Drive business performance through workforce analysis and planning

This is a sample learning overview that we can design and deliver specifically for your organisation.

Does your workforce have exactly the right capabilities to meet the current goals and aspirations of your organisation? If so, are you confident that you will still have the right capabilities in place in one year? Three years? Five years?

In order to keep ahead of the competition business leaders in all sectors are creating increasingly imaginative, ambitious and incisive business plans. However, these plans can be derailed if there is insufficient capacity in the workforce to implement them.

As strategic business partners it is the responsibility of senior HR professionals to understand the forward strategy of their organisation and be confident that there will be sufficient capability within the workforce to meet the challenges ahead.

We can design and deliver an expert-led, interactive seminar that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to design and implement a strategic workforce planning process. One that will ensure you have the right number of people, with the right skills, in the right place at the right time. 

Who will benefit?

HR and Personnel Professionals, Directors, Consultants and Advisors, Talent Management Specialists, Organisational Development Specialists.

Participants will learn about:

  • Defining the skills, capabilities and talent critical to your organisation's objectives and success
  • Identifying risk factors in your organisation
  • Creating an organisation culture and environment that supports Capability Planning
  • Establishing the role of senior management
  • The practicalities of engaging and retaining talent
  • Measuring the success of your Capability Planning strategy

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Capability planning for strategic and competitive advantage

  • Positioning capability planning within your organisation’s strategic framework
  • Understanding what drives business success in your organisation
  • Gaining organisational engagement with your process
  • Internal and external data and the workforce implications

The critical elements for successful capability planning

  • Defining the skills, capabilities and talent critical to your organisation`s objectives and success
  • Planning for the next generation of workforce and leaders
  • Identifying the critical roles and pathways

Linking your capability planning process with other HR initiatives and your organisational values

  • Understanding the dynamic and iterative nature of Capability Planning
  • Creating an organisation culture and environment that supports Capability Planning
  • Evaluating the role of senior management
  • Designing an effective Capability Planning process, and its links to other HR practices
  • Identifying and engaging the stakeholders
  • Clarifying roles and responsibilities in Capability Planning
  • Exploration of case study experiences and research findings

Implementing a strategic capability planning process

  • Identifying the characteristics of ‘capability’ for the future
  • Translating the plan into action
  • Communicating the process for maximum engagement
  • Identifying risk factors in your organisation and priority needs to ensure success

Individuals in talent pools and succession planning

  • Engaging and retaining talent, and managing expectations and aspirations
  • The individual’s ownership of their progression
  • Entering and exiting the succession pool

Measuring the success of your capability planning strategy

  • Identifying measurement and evaluation criteria
  • Reviewing the learning and taking action

Action planning: what next?

  • Identifying your priority actions to be implemented on returning to work

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