Facilitation training

Transformational Strategy (IP) in person

Strategic thinking to produce breakthrough actions
Generate high levels of participation and commitment to all plans ensuring that necessary change actually occur

Embed commitment and action into planning

Pre-Requisite : Group Facilitation Methods

*Transformational Strategy is part of the Facilitative Leadership Program and the Advanced Facilitator Program.

Maximize innovation, creativity and flexibility of your organization’s strategies by weaving stakeholder perspectives into your long range plans. Diverse input will build commitment and action into the transformation.

Transformational Strategy is for executives, managers, and consultants who must enhance a group’s potential to think and act strategically and empower them to act immediately.

This course demonstrates the power of the Technology of Participation ToP® Participatory Strategic Planning used in thousands of organizations world-wide and is required as a Certified ToP Facilitator.

As with all ICAA training, this course is delivered by professional facilitators who actually demonstrate the materials, lead reflections to learn collaboratively, provide real life examples from experience, and set you up to practice with others using a suite of tools. Sometimes you might work on interesting case studies. Sometimes you work on your own case. The high quality manual is full of useful materials: underlying theory, short readings, step-by-step instructions, templates, and worksheets. As a result you will have the confidence to use your new understandings immediately with clients of your own.

Both the “live online” and “in-person” courses are usually scheduled from 9 am – 5 pm in the time zone of the location mentioned. Please check the timing carefully when registering.
You will need to choose your preferred type of setting or mode of delivery. The descriptions of the differences between live online (LO), in-person (IP), and self-directed (SD) are explained in an expandable section near the bottom of this web page.

Courses are held from 9 am – 5 pm in the time zone of the location mentioned.

Price is in CAD$1,745.00. Applicable tax is extra.


Participatory strategic planning increases innovation and commitment so that major transformations and smaller projects can be implemented quickly.

Facilitate innovative strategic thinking

  • Engage multiple perspectives in productive dialogue
  • Enable groups to generate creative, well conceived plans


Focus energy and commitment toward positive results

  • Practical action plans with schedules and assignments
  • Expanded responsibility for action, follow through, results and learning
  • Accomplishments that exceed expectations.


Build solid teams that work together

  • Improve communication among members of the group
  • Build solid, lasting consensus
  • Develop common purpose and motivation


Faster more flexible implementation

  • Quicker modification when situations change
  • Groups prepared for immediate implementation

This course will enable you to facilitate strategy planning with any group.

Day One

  • Overview of strategic planning
  • Strategic thinking – a 4 step process
  • Historical Scan process
  • Facilitating a vision workshop
  • Keys to creating a shared vision


Day Two

  • Contradictional thinking and transformation
  • Facilitating an underlying obstacles workshop
  • Strategic thinking and leveraged strategy
  • Generating strategies that transform


Day Three

  • Implementation schemes
  • Facilitating an action planning workshop
  • Keys to effective action planning
  • Adaptations of the model
  • Personal strategic planning
  • Implementing structures
  • Image change and implementation team behaviour
  • Executives, directors who are responsible for an entire company or community in long range visioning or strategic planning.
  • Managers, supervisors and staff who must enhance a group's potential to think and act strategically and empower them to act immediately.
  • Consultants who work with many organizations or communities on strategic planning, action planning or transformation.
  • Leaders who must create participatory plans with groups.

This course demonstrates the power of the Technology of Participation ToP® Participatory Strategic Planning used in thousands of organizations and communities world-wide and is required as a Certified ToP Facilitator.

Learn four important methods for all forms of planning:

  • Historical Scan - bring closure to the old, and get everyone on the same page
  • Practical Visioning – create a shared vision of the future with any group.
  • Contradictional and Root Cause Analysis – safely identify barriers preventing success
  • Strategy Development – generate innovative strategies that lead to success using a group’s creativity
  • Action Plans – develop practical action plans that inspire commitment and immediate implementation.
  • Image Change - how to empower teams to behave in ways that support the new strategies and structures.


Each session includes:

  • Demonstration of the process.
  • Theory behind the methods.
  • Exploration of how the process can be applied.
  • Examples from real experience that reveal practices that lead to success.
  • Variations for different situations.

You can choose to take this course In Person (IP) or Live Online (LO). The codes IP or LO show in the course name when you register.

In Person (IP) classes are instructor-led events occurring in the same room on specific dates with one group of people. You have a deep level of dialogue with face-to-face practice in breakout groups, get paper manuals and books, use pen-and-paper worksheets and exercises and enjoy breaks and lunches together. Instructors demonstrate methods using flipcharts, index cards, marker pens and wall chart visuals . The experience for participants can be similar to working with a client in a live setting. There is no practice of online tools.

Live Online (LO) classes are instructor-led events occurring at the same time with the same people, using our learning management system and online platforms, primarily Zoom and Mural. The course covers the same material as an IP course but uses online tools with plenty of small group exercises. Manuals and books are downloadable as PDFs that can be printed out if you want.  There are no programs or apps to download. Participants need a computer with a large screen (a cell phone won't work well), a high speed internet connection, and earphones or earbuds. We do not actively “teach” online tools, but participants get so see and experience the ones we use during the course.

Self Directed (SD) courses are sets of “modules” like mini-courses, each containing short videos, readings, quizzes and games and assignments. You take them at your own speed any time from anywhere. You get written feedback from instructors on your assignments. The modules are assembled to resemble the in-person and live online course content. The disadvantage is the absence of collegial interaction, teamwork, and dialogue, which is a key component of facilitation. Participant manuals and materials are downloadable in PDF form.

All course graduates are encouraged to follow-up with some 1:1 coaching and join communities of practice we have set up to help extend and reinforce learning.


"I just sat down with a facilitation client who was struggling to identify where the root of her problem statement was. We used the ECP triangle in the FCC course as the basis for discussion and it worked swimmingly."

Sharon Broscha

"I’ve been using ICA methods for four years now and they have made a tremendous difference in my work. Many of my clients have benefited from them and they have generated positive results in some very tricky and challenging situations. I also make good use of the post course support and I always get first-rate advice."

David Kraft

"We work with the oil and other big companies. I am blown away by the relevance and practicality of this participatory strategic planning course, and use it and tell all my clients."

Yvonne Brouwers

"I really enjoyed learning a "method" that was simple and made sense that brought out facilitation process, participation from the group and created a leadership style that people could relate to and feel included and valued."

Course Participant

"The process that was taught of creating an action plan is very efficient compared to other planning sessions."

Course participant