Leading Organizations > Strategic Thinking

Strategic ThinkingBecause past experience is not always the best premise to develop future strategies, leaders must understand best practices to create value for customers. These topics will answer the “how” and “when” of business planning by involving others to create a vision that is coherent and unifying to ensure the organization is successful at achieving its strategic goals.

  • Anticipate impending customer and industry changes and recommend modification to existing strategy.
  • Involve others to create and communicate a vision.
  • Make time to think and plan the strategy for the area you lead.
  • Develop knowledge of business, markets, customers, and competitors, and use this knowledge to improve the business/organization.

All of us think, but some of us think better than others. And better thinking is needed at all levels during times of "creative destruction."

This course will provide practical tools and techniques to improve skills that are needed as we undertake the basic strategic thinking responsibilities of all emerging or established leaders. We are expected to: SENSE the signals of change; MAKE SENSE of these signals; DECIDE on a course of action; and ACT AND LEARN.

The nine short videos which make up this course can be competed in less than 45 minutes. However, we hope you spend many hours thinking about what you have learned.

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In this podcast, hosted by Lee Johnsen, Principal of Partners in Development, participants will be able to proactively put into place strategies and practices that lead to a high performing virtual workforce and teams.

Business generates Big Data in huge amounts but if leaders can’t use it, then the data doesn’t mean much. So, the key to moving your company forward goes beyond gathering data. It means understanding the gathered data well enough to take action in the marketplace. In this course, you’ll learn about why big data isn’t enough and how you can use it to lead your company.

With the growth of the mobile workforce, more leaders are managing teams spread around the world. The result is an increase in virtual communities and new challenges requiring highly adaptive work environments. Leaders must evolve and gain new skills required to seamlessly direct the new world of virtual, onsite and hybrid teams. New professional skills are required to influence team performance driven by technology and globalization. Are you and your organization ready?

Do you look far enough into the future and do you use all the skills you should? Here are three tools to help you organize your thinking. Use the Mental Radar Tool to think across time. Use the Prepared Mind Checklist to assess your use of eight skills that leaders need to be prepared for the future. Finally, use the  Bigger Boxes Thinking Tool to expand your point of view.

Business strategy always results in alternatives to be considered and decisions to be made. Use the Alternatives Vetting Tool to explore four approaches to strategic decisions. Use this tool to vet Status quo, Mild, Wild, and Risky choices.

Strategic intention that lacks the capabilities or capacity to execute is a waste of time. Use the Intention Executive Balance Tool to assess your ability to do what you say you need to do. Finally, all strategies result in a portfolio of projects.  Use the Project Readiness Checklist to assess your potential for project success.

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