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Breakthrough Ideas – How to Become a More Strategic Thinker

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Being strategically competitive in today's chaotic and complex global environment requires a different way of looking at how we approach strategic thinking. Leaders who are tasked with strategic responsibility must be attentive, agile, adaptive and innovative thinkers. Four key issues are addressed in this session: Why do organizations need strategic thinkers? What is strategic thinking? Who is a strategic thinker? How can strategic thinking be developed?

A highly interactive seminar, the session begins with an exploration of historical events and its impact on the evolution of strategic thinking. It proceeds with a discussion of an unconventional model of the underlying cognitive clusters that support strategic thinking, followed by five essential attributes of strategic thinkers. The session concludes by delving into the process for strengthening strategic thinking on an individual and team level.

Time Allocation - Topics

25%What is (and is not) strategic thinking?

  • Key research findings
  • Historical and global perspectives

25%Who is a strategic thinker?

  • Triad Model
  • Five attributes of strategic thinkers

15%How to apply strategic thinking?

  • Identifying and shattering frames
  • Challenging assumptions

25%How to strengthen strategic thinking?

  • Questioning techniques
  • Embracing polarities

Focus

Primary -- LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Adaptability, Commitment, Creativeness, Developmental Perspective, Initiative

Secondary -- PLANNING/ORGANIZING: Problem Identification, Selecting and Organizing Information, Evaluating Alternative Solutions

Tertiary -- EXECUTING/CONTROLLING/EVALUATING: Decision Making, Use of Authority, Direction

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Dr. Julia Sloan author of the definitive book, Learning to Think Strategically (Elsevier, 2006), is widely recognized for her pioneering work in the application of complex cognitive theory to everyday global strategic thinking practice. Her work draws upon more than two decades of her own expatri...

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