How to think strategically in government

Free Online Skills Workshop | Resources

Public services around the world have identified strategic thinking as a key skill for those working in government. But what does strategic thinking really mean? And what steps do public servants need to take?

We hosted a free online workshop to share how to think and act more strategically in order to achieve your goals.

We heard from Blavatnik School lecturer and former chief executive of the Williams Formula One team Adam Parr who demonstrated how the strategic lessons he’s learnt through his career can be applied to your work in the public service — from policy design and implementation to career development.

Lessons included:

  • How to frame your goals strategically
  • How to identify and address the obstacles and resources available to you
  • How to get buy-in for your strategy
  • Some tips on strategic career development

Adam Parr was the Chairman and chief executive of the Williams Formula One team from 2006 to 2012. He has taught strategy at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford and is a professor in the business school of the University of Western Australia. He is the co-author of the best seller Total Competition – Lessons on Strategy from Formula One.