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  • 1. Strategic Thinking Strategic Thinking COURSE DESCRIPTION: In 1964 Peter Drucker rejected the word 'strategy' for the title of his seminal book, Managing for Results, because his publisher convinced him that the word 'strategy' was used mainly as a military term. How times have changed. But strategic thinking for many is just as mysterious and off-limits as it was decades ago – the province of generals, CEOs, and McKinsey consultants. This course will demystify the process of strategic thinking and how it can be learned. By using a three-step method plus tools and techniques, participants can begin to learn to think strategically. BENEFITS ACHIEVED: At the end of this course, students will be able to: 1. Understand their learning style and its role in affecting learning and thinking 2. Assess and benchmark their strategic thinking skills 3. Develop skills to improve their abilities to think strategically 4. Apply a three-step process to thinking strategically 5. Improve their persuasion skills to promote the acceptance of their strategic ideas 6. Develop a strategic thinking approach to your their environment 7. Develop an action plan for enhancing their strategic thinking skills Project Auditors LLC 800-545-1340 © 2006
  • 2. Strategic Thinking Module 1: Strategic Thinking Defined • Historical context • An overview of strategic thinking • Contemporary competing views of strategy • Strategic thinking and strategic planning Module 2: Self-assessments and Interpretation • Self-assessment: learning style • Self-assessment: strategic thinking • Assessment interpretation Module 3: How do we learn to think strategically? • Types of learning: informal, formal, incidental, intentional and transformative • Role of environment, context, time, and other factors • Learning domains Module 4: Process and Tools • Three stage process • Role of intuition, pattern recognition, and tacit knowledge • Tools and techniques: lateral thinking and others • Dialog and inquiry as tools • Reflection, evaluation and change • Exercise Module 5: The Attributes of Strategic Thinking • Five critical attributes • Attribute relationships • Developing and strengthening the attributes • Specific ways to increase your strategic thinking skills Module 6: Implementing your vision • Persuasion skills, influence and negotiation • Communications Module 7: Applying Strategic Thinking • Applications to project management • Case study • Group exercise Module 8: Action Plan • Creating a personal action plan • Team presentations Duration 2 days ; 14 classroom hours Project Auditors LLC 800-545-1340 © 2006