Strategic Thinking

  • 7 Courses | 4h 7m 38s
  • 10 Books | 31h 53m
  • 10 Audiobooks | 38h 21m 24s
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Horizon Scanning: Identifying Future Opportunities

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Horizon Scanning: Identifying Future Opportunities
The most successful organizations can spot signs of change and adapt to it - or even better - seize change as an opportunity. This capability to scan the horizon of the future is also known as environmental scanning. In this course, you’ll learn what horizon scanning is and how it can benefit your business.You’ll also learn to recognize key areas of change and understand the steps involved in horizon scanning. In addition, you’ll learn how to analyze the data you collect and communicate it so the best decisions can be made.
6 videos | 35m
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Thinking Strategically as a Manager
To resolve many of the threats and challenges that your organization will likely have to face, it’s essential that you develop a business strategy that incorporates a clear vision, new ideas, and innovative solutions. This course explores the characteristics of strategic thinking, as well as the traits you need to plan and implement an effective strategy. It also covers how to develop your capacity for thinking strategically through creative thinking, being prepared to deal with complexity, and being aware of what's going on inside and outside your organization.
7 videos | 31m
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Using Strategic Thinking to Consider the Big Picture
Big-picture thinking stretches beyond the short term and considers how an organization can succeed in the long term. By thinking strategically about a problem using the bigger picture, you can elevate your perspective and get a better idea of the forces at play within your organization. This course describes how systems thinking can help you become skillful at making sense out of opposites and contradictions and better understand cause and effect while managing your department according to the business strategy. It explains actions you can take to encourage creative thinking and come up with solutions that take into account the bigger picture. You’ll also learn how understanding your organizational value chain can help you connect to the organization's strategy and implement it more effectively.
7 videos | 28m
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Identifying Risks in Your Organization
Risk is an inevitable aspect of any business. As a manager, it's important that you mitigate or avoid the potential impact of a risk if it comes to pass, to ensure the long-term survival of your organization. This course focuses on the first step in managing risk, identifying risks to your organization. You’ll explore the difference between internal and external risks, and how some risks may actually present a strategic opportunity. You’ll also learn how to use some techniques that can help you identify risks and calculate the probability that they will occur, including root cause identification, the Delphi technique, and brainstorming sessions.
7 videos | 27m
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Assessing Your Organization's Risks
Risk is a fact of life for businesses and one that will never just go away. But before you can start managing risk, you need to be able to assess a risk – as well as its probability  – in order to create a strategic plan that will enable you to avoid or mitigate its potential negative impact. In this course, you’ll learn some common techniques for assessing risk, including opportunity assessment, and threat assessment using FMEA – failure mode and effects analysis.
7 videos | 29m
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Responding Effectively to Risks
The third step to take when managing risk, once you’ve identified and assessed risks to your organization, is to deal with them appropriately. Some risks may have a higher probability of becoming a reality than others, while others may have more of a negative impact. You’ll need to treat each of these types of risks differently. This course covers how to create an effective strategy for responding to risk, such as risk exposure adjustment and contingency planning. It also outlines specific strategic plans for dealing with a risk that may be a threat or an opportunity.
7 videos | 27m
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Expert Insights on Strategic Thinking
To go from A to B, you need to plan, and strategic thinking is the plan that gets you there. With it, you can see lay of the land, choose the best route, and avoid detours. You can even discover new destinations.
23 videos | 1h 8m
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Think to Win: Unleashing the Power of Strategic Thinking
Think to Win teaches you how to leverage the power of strategic thinking to your advantage. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 10m
Book Authors By John F. Manfredi, Paul Butler, Peter Klein

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The Art and Discipline of Strategic Leadership: Drive Breakthrough Strategic Thinking Throughout Every Level of Your Organization
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Book Duration 8m
Book Authors By Benjamin B. Tregoe, Mike Freedman

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Now, Build a Great Business! 7 Ways to Maximize Your Profits in Any Market
Using proven examples from successful businesses, Now, Build a Great Business! explores seven powerful principles that offer clear and practical ways to grow your business, even in difficult economic times. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 9m
Book Authors By Brian Tracy, Mark Thompson


Uncommon Leadership: How to Build Competitive Advantage by Thinking Differently
In order to energize managers and leaders, they need to feel challenged, stretched and inspired. This thorough resource captures ideas specifically designed to motivate executives to develop their own distinctive approach to thinking differently about business.
Book Duration 4h 18m
Book Authors By Anthony Sturgess, Phil Higson