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Strategic Thinking

Develop a strategic mindset to increase the success of your strategic plans.

Learn how to strengthen your strategic thinking skills and encourage it in others. Through case studies and practical thinking exercises, you’ll stimulate your strategic thinking, learn to recognize patterns that impact strategy and enhance your abilities to generate new insights and ideas. Come to your next strategic planning session with the best possible strategic ideas—and help your business move forward in an increasingly competitive world.

Seminar Number: 02018

  • In a Classroom
  • Your Company Location

Course Scheduling & Pricing

Who Should Attend

Individual contributors, managers, directors and other leaders who need strategic thinking skills to gain better business insights and identify trends that can contribute to a more successful business strategy.

  •   Classroom2 Day(s)
    1.2 CEU, 12 CPU, 12 PDCs
 
Learn how to strengthen your strategic thinking skills and encourage it in others. Through case studies and practical thinking exercises, you’ll stimulate your strategic thinking, learn to recognize patterns that impact strategy and enhance your abilities to generate new insights and ideas. Come to your next strategic planning session with the best possible strategic ideas—and help your business move forward in an increasingly competitive world.
  • Explore ways to challenge your assumptions and view your business in a new light
  • Learn and apply different thinking methods to avoid groupthink
  • Control reactive fixes to problems even in an uncertain business environment
  • Generate new ideas and evaluate future scenarios before your competitors do
  • Know when to embrace necessary risk, even if resources and information are limited
  • Learn to create better short-term goals that support long-term strategy
  • Introduction to strategic thinking: a new way of thinking and looking at the world
  • Identifying trends and patterns in the macro environment
  • Reviewing the business and industry environment; assessing your current organization
  • Practicing strategic thinking calisthenics
  • Generating ideas and creating plans with a big-picture perspective
  • Building an action plan to expand the strategic thinking skills of yourself and colleagues

Learning Objectives

  • Leverage New Skills to Support Your Strategic Thinking Every Day
  • Apply a Process to Envision Your Organization’s Desired Future
  • Recognize the Influences Within and Outside Your Organization That Could Support or Derail Your Future Goals
  • Identify the Changes Necessary to Reach Your Future Goals
  • Expand the Number of Perspectives That Influence Your Moves Forward
  • Create a Plan for Building Skills and Testing Your Ideas

Context of Strategic Thinking

  • Define Strategic Thinking and Recognize How It Can Be Used in Your Day-to-Day Work
  • Compare and Contrast Strategic Thinking to Analytical Thinking, Critical Thinking, and Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
  • Identify the Characteristics of Strategic Thinkers

Strategic Thinking Process and Skills

  • Explain a Model for Strategic Thinking in Day-to-Day Activities and Work Applications
  • List Skills and Tools That Can Be Used to Support Strategic Thinking

Assess the Current State

  • Identify the Influences and Relationships at Different Levels of an Organization That Can Impact a Strategy
  • Recognize and Identify Patterns of Interaction and Development That Are Likely to Influence the Effectiveness of a Strategy
  • Incorporate Multiple Perspectives on a Possible Strategy, and Assess Different Influences on the Potential Success

Envision a Desired Future State

  • Envision a Desired Future State
  • Recognize and Use Thinking Skills That Support Imagining New Ways of Relating to the Market and Customers

Build Your Path on Paper

  • Identify and Sequence the Multiple Steps to Move from the Current State of the Issue/Opportunity to the Desire Future State
  • Anticipate the Reactions/Responses of Others in the Larger Systems Impacting Your Situation
  • Identify and Conduct Experiments and Tests That Point Your Way Forward

Implement Your Strategic Knowledge and Skills

  • Assess What You Gained from Applying Strategic Thinking Tools to Your Project
  • Anticipate Pitfalls You May Encounter as a Strategic Thinker
  • Create an Action Plan for Development of Strategic Thinking Skills

This course qualifies for 12 CPUs toward your recertification as a CAP (Certified Analytics Professionals).

American Management Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is accredited to issue the IACET CEU.

AMA is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.

Classroom Schedule

14 Sessions Available

  • $2,545.00 Non Members
  • $2,295.00 AMA Members
  • $2,079.00 GSA
Date Duration State City Zip
  2019-08-01 2019-08-02 Aug 1, 2019 - Aug 2, 2019 2 Days DC Arlington/Washington 22202-4807 Arlington/Washington Register Now

  2019-09-16 2019-09-17 Sep 16, 2019 - Sep 17, 2019 2 Days PA Philadelphia 19019 Philadelphia Register Now

  2019-09-26 2019-09-27 Sep 26, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019 2 Days NY New York 10019 New York Register Now

  2019-10-03 2019-10-04 Oct 3, 2019 - Oct 4, 2019 2 Days GA Atlanta 30309-7705 Atlanta Register Now

  2019-10-28 2019-10-29 Oct 28, 2019 - Oct 29, 2019 2 Days TX Houston 77001 Houston Register Now

  2019-11-04 2019-11-05 Nov 4, 2019 - Nov 5, 2019 2 Days CA San Francisco 94103-3156 San Francisco Register Now

  2019-11-11 2019-11-12 Nov 11, 2019 - Nov 12, 2019 2 Days IL Chicago 60601 Chicago Register Now

  2019-12-02 2019-12-03 Dec 2, 2019 - Dec 3, 2019 2 Days DC Arlington/Washington 22202-4807 Arlington/Washington Register Now

  2019-12-16 2019-12-17 Dec 16, 2019 - Dec 17, 2019 2 Days NY New York 10019 New York Register Now

  2020-02-03 2020-02-04 Feb 3, 2020 - Feb 4, 2020 2 Days TX Dallas 75001 Dallas Register Now

  2020-02-20 2020-02-21 Feb 20, 2020 - Feb 21, 2020 2 Days IL Chicago 60601 Chicago Register Now

  2020-03-12 2020-03-13 Mar 12, 2020 - Mar 13, 2020 2 Days NY New York 10019 New York Register Now

  2020-03-23 2020-03-24 Mar 23, 2020 - Mar 24, 2020 2 Days GA Atlanta 30309-7705 Atlanta Register Now

  2020-04-23 2020-04-24 Apr 23, 2020 - Apr 24, 2020 2 Days CA San Francisco 94103-3156 San Francisco Register Now

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