Shifting to Open Strategies

Become more adaptable, responsive, and resilient.

Making the move away from deciding traditional strategies behind closed doors to co-creating open strategies with your teams will support them to feel part of those strategies, proud of them, and connected to achieve.

Teams often solutionise and create outputs without thinking about the true outcomes. Which means that the freedom to research, make sense of outputs, and reflect before committing is critical. A truly open strategy should be the conduit between outputs and outcomes.

Inflexible, long-term plans and business cases lose accuracy over time; iterations of a strategy that is designed to be agile replaces these with easier-to-predict short-term people, money, time, and objective planning and allows changes in direction and priorities.

Reflecting on UNICEF UK’s journey and challenges with TPX Impact, this session will share the pillars for open strategy development, drawing on real world experience you can take back to your own organisation to become more adaptable, responsive, and resilient. You’ll find out how agile ways of working and inclusive leadership transformation helped support an open, living organisational strategy and empowered teams to collaborate and deliver meaningful change.

UNICEF UK continues to be intentionally responsive in an ever-changing and volatile sector. Your organisation can be, too; you’ll come away from the session with a strategic framework template and the tools to develop the principles for responsive planning cycles at your organisation.

Learning outcomes

  • Find out how to shift to a collaborative, agile approach to vision setting and strategic planning
  • Discover how to bring leaders and stakeholders on the journey to co-create a simple, engaging, and actionable strategy
  • Learn to embed a strategic planning process that is insight-based and continuously evolving and responding to change


Louise Lai
Chief Client andn Transformation Officer, manifesto
Louise Lane
Chief Marketing Officer, UNICEF UK