8th Annual Leadership Conference
Strategic Planning: From Vision to Implementation
The Independent School Foundation (ISF) Academy, Hong Kong
October 18-19, 2019

Workshop Outline


Our Goal: For participants to leave the Leadership Conference with the knowledge and confidence to identify and apply appropriate tools which will optimize success when facilitating relevant stakeholders in a long term strategic planning process.

Our Ideal Audience: This workshop is intended for Senior Leadership and will be organized into two streams, those responsible for Visioning and Communications (Executive Stakeholders) and those that are responsible for Implementation and Evaluation (Management).

Executive Stakeholders will include: Board Chairs, Governors, School Owners, Superintendents, Heads of School, Directors, Principals and Business Managers that influence its operations from a strategic perview.

Management participants will include: Leaders that are directly responsible for the planning and implementation of strategic objectives as they relate to Teaching and Learning, Pastoral Care, Human Resources, Finance, Facilities, Communications and Risk Management.


Welcome to the Strategic Planning Leadership Conference!

This annual Leadership Conference helps senior leaders develop their leadership skills for unique obstacles they’ll face in visioning, planning, implementing and monitoring strategic change. This year’s conference is focused specifically on building capacity in senior leaders, from the Board to the Business Office, to prepare for and generate buy-in for long term strategic planning.

Led by Chris Jansen and Michael Iannini — strategic planning experts with a proven record for helping international schools develop long-term coherent strategic plans — the instruction provided will leave you with tools and strategies to:
  • Extend your thinking about the nature of complex human and organisational behaviour;
  • Design your own process of inquiry into visioning and planning to meet your community’s long term needs;
  • Identify barriers to strategic planning and understand how to mitigate them;
  • Grow your leadership capability to foster engagement and a growth mindset across your organisation;
  • Determine the appropriate strategies and corresponding behaviours to address community concerns regarding the Future State we envision for our schools; and
  • Develop and execute a communications plan to support our strategic plan.

This conference has been designed to meet the needs of all leaders, regardless if they may have little experience in strategic planning or are currently involved in or are preparing to facilitate relevant stakeholders in strategic planning. Differentiation and Inquiry-based Learning techniques will be used to ensure:

  • Participants are grouped according to similar community demographics;
  • Facilitators are prepared to support participants’ unique professional inquiry;
  • Participants arrive with a common understanding of the content; and
  • Participants can continue to connect and support each other after the conference.


Speaker Bios


Michael Iannini


Michael Iannini


Michael Iannini is an affiliated CIS consultant with the following areas of expertise: Appraisal and professional development, Leadership training, School governance and Strategic planning.

His journey in education began 20 years ago as a research assistant at Arizona State University’s Child Development Laboratory, where he honed his talent for developmental education. Since moving to China in 1999, Michael has advised the Boards and Senior Leadership of a number of Not-for-Profit Organizations, International Schools, and Chinese Bilingual schools on how to develop curriculum, train teachers, create parent engagement strategies, and devise staff capacity building strategies. His exhaustive efforts have helped nurture a long and mutually beneficial relationship with ACAMIS’ network of schools.

As a consultant, Michael’s main focus is helping schools engage with their community and improve student learning by improving collaboration and organizational management. His diverse work experience (which spans the United States, China and all of East and South East Asia) has given him the ability to satisfy the needs of diverse stakeholders, improve cross-cultural leadership skills and establish effective communication strategies.



Chris Jansen


Chris Jansen


Chris Jansen is a Senior Fellow at the University of Canterbury, where he teaches and supervises leaders studying in the Masters of Business Management, Post Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership and Masters of Management. Through his consulting role at www.leadershiplab.co.nz Chris works alongside organisations in the education, health, business and community sectors in a range of projects. These include design and delivery of leadership development programmes, change management initiatives, organisational capability and strategic planning.

Chris is also involved in executive coaching and regularly facilitates workshops and presentations at conferences and with a range of organisations around New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and Asia. He is currently facilitating leadership programmes with international schools in Singapore, Bangkok and Taiwan. His qualifications include a PhD in Management and Master’s degree in Education (Counselling).


2-Day Agenda



October 18-19, 2019: Strategic Planning

Each day of the conference will kick-off with the introduction of a specific theme and keynote address, after which, participants will separate into their cohorts. Learning will be activated through three different mediums:

  1. Presentation: Strategic Planning, as a process, will be introduced in four presentations. Each will identify key milestones and tools for each stage. Participants will experience how the tools introduced in the presentation can be applied to strategic planning that every educator will encounter at some point in their career.
  2. Case Analysis: Facilitator-led case analysis will give participants an opportunity to apply the tools introduced during the presentation to specific cases relevant to their cohort. Discussion activities will provide an opportunity for participants to learn from each other, as well as identify obstacles that will impact or influence the effectiveness of tools.
  3. Coaching: Participants will identify in advance of, and during, the conference a professional inquiry that they are preparing for, currently engaged in and/or have recently completed. This will enable facilitators to support participants to understand how to apply lessons and tools to their specific challenges.



Day 1


Day 1: Visioning a future identityTopic:
8:30 - 10:00 What is Strategy

Chris Jansen and Michael IanniniMichael will dispel myths about what Strategic Planning and set the stage for Chris to present how 21st Century developments in education are impacting strategic planning in the region. Both facilitators will engage with participants in discussions to identify 21st Century developments that they need to begin capacity building their schools for.

10:00 - 10:15Break
10:15 - 12:00Diagnosis and Visioning

Chris Jansen and Michael IanniniChris will provide an overview of a 4-step Strategic Planning framework that identifies - Strengths, Shifts, Future Identity and Steps required to realize the Future Identity. Chris facilitate a Strengths Exercise and Environmental Scan to demonstrate how schools can better define their Future Identity.

Michael will present a Strategic Planning framework inspired by Richard P. Rumelts book, Good Strategy/Bad Strategy and engage participants in an activity to draft honest and compelling diagnoses, one of the three critical elements for good strategy.
12:00 - 1:00Lunch

1:00 - 2:45Case Studies
Chris Jansen (Break Out Session)Chris to share a case of his clients from South East Asia where participants will engage in discussions to apply knowledge and tools from sessions 1-2.
Michael Iannini (Break Out Session)Michael to share a case of one of his clients from mainland China. Case facilitation will require participants to engage in discussions to apply knowledge and tools from sessions 1-2.
2:45 - 3:00Break
3:00 - 4:30Design Time/Peer Coaching
Participants will be instructed on a peer coaching protocol that will require them to reflect on where they are in their own strategic planning journey and identify key questions or dilemmas that can impede the strategic planning process. Participants will then either be able to self group into discussion groups to explore common questions/dilemmas or work with a facilitator in small groups to review their design for strategic planning.

Day 2


Day 2: Implementing ChangeTopics
8:30 - 10:15Strategic planning and change management - engaging school culture

Chris JansenAs they say; "Culture eats strategy for lunch". In this session Chris will focus on the change management side of implementing strategy. In particular we will explore how to link strategic planning to capacity building and leadership development - thereby engaging the 'engine room' of your school with full ownership of the strategic intent.
10:15 - 10:30Break

10:30 - 12:00Stakeholder Communication
Michael IanniniMichael will facilitate an interactive session that will require participants to understand who Institutional Memory impacts change and how to identify and communicate with key stakeholders at various stages of the strategic planning process.

12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 3:00Practical tools and frameworks
Chris Jansen and Michael IanniniChris will demonstrate several tools including systems mapping and the design thinking double diamond process.
3:00 - 3:15Break
3:15 - 4:00Design Time
Participants will be organized into small groups, either from the same school or that are in similar stages of the strategic planning process, to reflect on how content and experience shared from the workshop can influence their strategic planning process design.
4:10 - 4:30Debrief and Close
A panel will be facilitated based on information collected from participants before and during the workshop. Facilitators will engage panelists, and the audience, in a consultative process to apply lessons from the workshop.

Host School



The Independent School Foundation (ISF) Academy
1 Kong Sin Wan Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
+(852) 8191 5555

Contact: Michael Iannini - Michael@pdacademia.com


Hotel Reservation


This school has recommended the following hotel:

Le Meridien Cyberport
Address: 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2980 7788

Web: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hkgmd-le-me...

Please download and complete this hotel reservation form


Notes with hotel reservation:
  • You need to make your own hotel reservation (or for your colleagues who are going to attend the workshop).
  • Transportation will not be provided during the workshop days. You and/or your colleague who registered the workshop will receive a notification email approximately a week before the conference with workshop information and direction to the host school.

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