Strategic HR Essentials

Deepen your HR team's ability to drive common goals forward through stakeholder alignment, critical thinking, data, and storytelling.

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Facilitated Session

HR Professionals

6 hrs / 2 days

How to build a strategic partner mindset across your HR team:


Apply the critical thinking framework to deepen knowledge of key business unit processes, priorities, and data.


Practice connecting business unit needs and operational challenges to drive HR initiatives across the finish line.


Use real-world examples to understand data important to the business. Draw connections between the numbers, HR goals, and operational priorities.


Apply the SAR framework to craft a story that resonates with operational leaders and is supported by data.

Core Concepts
HR initiatives & goals

This image illustrates different stakeholders an organization might have. Participants will be challenged to use their knowledge of the business unit they support and the data important to that unit to craft a customized story. They will have an opportunity to hear how colleagues craft their tailored narratives and how the same important HR initiatives are driven through different areas of the business, resulting in collective success.

An Engaging Training Experience for HR Professionals

  • Six hours over two days
  • Practical, activity-based learning with real-world examples to drive learning
  • Handbooks, tools, and resources to sustain learning
  • Opportunities for your HR team to collaborate on solving challenges and driving common goals forward in your diverse and dynamic organization

Customization Option

Clients can choose between a retention or engagement scenario for a multi-part activity designed to allow participants practical application of their skills.

Program Structure


Pre-work is a stakeholder mapping activity that sets participants up for success in the live online sessions.

Live Online Facilitated Session Day 1 (3 hours)

Live Online Facilitated Session Day 2 (3 hours)

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