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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

4.6
(277 reviews)
  • In-Person
  • Live Online
  • At Your Company Location

Course Scheduling & Pricing

Who Should Attend

  • Directors 
  • Managers
  • All professionals who want better business insights and trends that contribute to a more successful business strategy

  •   In-Person2 Day(s)
    1.2 CEU, 14 CPE, 12 PDCs, 12 PDU, 12 PHR, 12 PMU, 12 SPHR
  •   Live Online2 Day(s)
    1.2 CEU, 14 CPE, 12 PDCs, 12 PDU, 12 PHR, 12 PMU, 12 SPHR
 

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

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View a Sample of Our Reviews

4.6

277 reviews

 
It was very interactive and allowed participants to apply the learnings directly to issues in their particular line of work. It was a helpful step-by-step process that can be replicated once I return to my organization.
5
   
the course was very good, it provided lots of detail and example; there were also charts, diagrams and other visual that help get the point across.
5
   
The seminar provided an overall framework for understanding the strategic thinking process and related skills. I liked that the seminar incorporated many exercises for practicing the underlying skills.
4
   
The course was well laid out, the skills taught were relevant and we got an opportunity to apply it to real life problems. The instructor was organized, knowledgeable and experienced.
5
   
It provided helpful content for me to be able to bring back to my role. I am now equipped with some tools to assist me moving forward.
4
   

This course is valid for 12 PMUs.
2 Business Acumen [BA]
10 Analytical Intelligence [AI]

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

Talent Triangle 12 Business Accumen PDUs

Project Management Institute (PMI) Talent Triangle, 2015.
Reproduced with the permission of PMI. Copyright and all rights reserved.

 

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

American Management Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org. For additional information or for more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints and refunds, please contact Martha Leon at 212-903-8173.

Recommended CPE Credit:

14 hours/Basic

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: Online pre-and post-assessment

Delivery Method: Group Live/Group Internet Based 

Field of Study: Technical - Management Services

In-Person Schedule

6 Sessions Available

Live Online Schedule

9 Sessions Available

  • $2,795.00 Non Members
  • $2,495.00 AMA Members
  • $2,363.00 GSA
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