Breakthrough Ideas: How to Become a More Strategic Thinker
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Intended for leaders who currently work with strategy, the focus of this session is on the learning aspect of strategic thinking: what it is and how to strengthen your own strategic thinking and energize the strategic capability of your organization. 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
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