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Leadership and Interpersonal Skills
Strategic Thinking
Using a Big Picture Perspective
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Traditional Classroom
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2 Days
14 PDUs / 1.4 CEUs
Virtual Classroom
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Four 3-hour sessions
12 PDUs / 1.2 CEUs
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About the Program
The goal of this course is to provide you with the building blocks and the motivation to develop the critical skill of strategic thinking.  The participants will consider a four-part model that distinguishes strategic thinking from strategic planning and managing. With that understanding, you will investigate the critical components of strategic thinking and how to apply it effectively.

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone who wishes to:
  • Proactively connect their everyday work to a higher level organizational context
  • Improve personal effectiveness through innovative thinking
  • Do more with less in a small group or team environment

Performance Focus

  • Understanding the importance of strategic thinking and its critical success factors
  • Distinguishing strategic thinking from strategic planning and managing
  • Exploring how to apply a big picture perspective to multiple contexts – personal, team, and organization

What You Will Learn
You will learn how to:

    • Define strategic thinking and distinguish it from strategic planning and management
    • Explain a high-level approach to gaining strategic thinking skills
    • Integrate other interpersonal skills, such as self-awareness, systems thinking, leadership, constructive conflict, and collaboration, into the fabric of strategic thinking skills
    • Select appropriate techniques to apply strategic thinking in specific situations
    • Recognize and emulate effective strategic thinking behaviors

Course Outline
Getting Started

    • Introductions
    • Course structure
    • Course goals and objectives

Foundation Concepts

    • Interactive event: Define Strategic Thinking (ST)
    • Interactive event:  Discuss relationship of ST with Strategic Planning, Management and Decision Making
    • Strategic Level Framework – Tying it all together
    • Strategic thinking attributes

Strategic Thinking Critical Success Factors

    • Strategic Thinking Critical Success Factors – 5-part model
    • Strategic Thinking and the Organization
  • Critical Success Factors Model applied to an organization
  • Tools Introduction (5): Environmental, 5 Forces, SWOT, Value Proposition, Integral Theory of Worldview
  • Video: Fog of War
    • Strategic Thinking and the Individual
  • Critical Success Factors Model applied to an individual
  • Tools Introduction (5): Thinking Styles, Six Thinking Hats, Reverse Thinking, Systems Thinking, Integral Theory of Worldview

Strategic Thinking at the Interpersonal and Team Levels

    • Emotional Intelligence – Self Awareness and Working With Others
    • Team Leadership and Trust
    • Constructive Conflict as the Gateway to Collaboration
    • Interactive event:  Testing the Models – Challenge Perspective; What’s Missing

Applying the critical skill of Strategic Thinking

    • Worldview: Team versus client
    • Trusted Advisor
    • Interactive event:  Doing what is asked  (Case study, wherein participants review the default case scenario prepared for this workshop and add specific details to make the scenario more relevant to their experiences / needs. Teams develop an action plan for applying ST concepts and techniques they have learned here to the situation, then compare and contrast results.)


  • What did we learn, and how can we implement this in our work environments?
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