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Strategic thinking – putting theory into action

  • Type HQN Event (Virtual)
  • Venue Virtual workshop
  • Start 05 May 2021 10:30
  • End 05 May 2021 13:00


Strategic thinking – putting theory into action

Virtual workshop

Following on from the popular ‘Introduction to strategic thinking’ workshops, we are delighted to announce a new session focusing on how to put theory and knowledge into action.

With so many known and unknown challenges facing the housing sector, it's more important than ever to have strong strategic thinking skills that you can apply every day to help you connect ideas, explore concepts and stay up to date with trends.

Building on the themes set out in the first workshop, HQN associate Emma Lindley will use this new session to focus on:

  • How to diagnose a strategic challenge or opportunity
  • The importance of robustly defining your challenges before trying to tackle them
  • Different problem definition techniques
  • Identifying both existing and future challenges, which may be known or hidden
  • How to develop a guiding policy to tackle your challenge.

This is a practical session with a number of reflective exercises along the way to maximise the value of the session to delegates.

This workshop will be delivered by Emma Lindley, Housing Strategy Lead Officer for Ashfield District Council.

About Emma Lindley

Emma is a housing professional with 10 years’ experience working in a variety of roles, including front line housing management, resident involvement, policy development and managing properties for PRS landlords.

She is happiest when exploring interesting ideas with interesting people. She currently works in strategic housing for a local authority, leading on identifying new solutions to old problems, such as homelessness, domestic abuse and fuel poverty. 

Emma completed a BSc Housing at De Montfort University in 2014. She Chairs the Chartered Institute of Housing East Midlands Regional Board and is a Lead Associate of HQN’s Strategic Network.

Essential for:

  • Anyone responsible for writing a strategy for their organisation
  • Executives
  • Housing Strategy teams
  • Strategy and policy officers.

Testimonials from 'An introduction to strategic thinking' workshops: 

‘Emma provided 'user friendly' information which was easy to digest and understand.’

‘Really enjoyed it and it's reassuring that I am not alone when it comes to being able to 'think strategically'.’

‘I found this very helpful, I like the tips and guidance given to seek information and improve.’

‘Very much enjoyed it, definitely achieved what I hoped it would and gave me practical tips to implement in my day to day.’

‘Well presented, learnt lots and lots of tools for me to implement.’

‘This is my first virtual session, and I was impressed with how it ran and the content.’

‘Really informative session and some useful actions for me to take away.’

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Delegate fees:
Full price: £175.00 *
Members of any HQN network: £150.00 *

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Cancellations and substitutions:

A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited. There is no refund for non-attendance, but delegates may be substituted at any time.


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