Strategic Thinking

  • 1 day(s)Duration
  • MDI916Course Code
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Course description

As a critical skill, strategic thinking enhances your ability to adjust your perspective lens to see the big picture and/or another perspective. Adeptly using this skill helps to better connect you and your role with others in different contexts, both at work and in the community. It improves your effectiveness in producing value-added contributions and innovative thinking in small group and team interactions.

During this workshop, participants will explore the building blocks for employing strategic thinking at work and in their everyday interactions with others. They will join in on analyzing their current preferences, strengths, and resources, and then strategize how to integrate and synergistically leverage them.

Who should attend

Individuals at all levels in any organization who want to develop their strategic thinking skills will benefit from this course.

What you will achieve

  • 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.

What you will learn

Course Outline
Module 1: Introduction
  • Introductions and Expectations
  • Strategic Thinking: How Does It Relate to Me?
  • Strategic Thinking versus Planning
Module 2: Critical Success Factors
  • Strategic Thinking — Key Components
  • Organizational Perspective
    • What Does “Good” Look Like?
    • Toolset Introduction
      • Environmental
      • Five Forces
      • SWOT
      • Value Proposition
      • Integral Theory of Worldview
      • Individual Perspective
    • What Does “Good” Look Like?
    • Toolset Introduction
      • Thinking Styles
      • Six Thinking Hats
      • Reverse Thinking
      • Systems Thinking
      • Integral Theory of Worldview
Module 3: Strategic Thinking at the Interpersonal and Team Levels
  • Self-Awareness and Working with Others
  • Team Leadership and Trust
  • Constructive Conflict as the Gateway to Collaboration
Module 4: Applying the Critical Skill of Strategic Thinking
  • Worldview – Team versus Organization
  • Trusted Advisor