Thinking Strategically

  • 11 Courses | 6h 39m 3s
  • 45 Books | 34h 15m
  • 9 Audiobooks | 42h 46m 45s
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Leaders need to think strategically to move the business forward. Learn how to incorporate strategic thinking into your leadership skillset.

COURSES INCLUDED

Welcome to the Leadership Development Program
Whether you’re new to a leadership role or a battle-tested veteran, there is always more to learn about leading people, leading teams, or leading your business. Learning is a life-long journey, and leadership development is an ongoing process. In this course, you'll be introduced to Skillsoft's Leadership Development Program. Comprised of thirty modern competency-based leadership channels, this program will help expand your knowledge about what it takes to be a leader and the necessary mindsets and behaviors that enable successful leaders to face and overcome the challenges they encounter every day.  This course provides an introductory overview to the program and the rich array of courses, resources, tools, and expert advice available to help you grow your leadership career."
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Leading with Strategic Thinking
Charting the future in today's business environment requires leaders to think strategically like never before. Strategic thinking requires analyzing opportunities and problems from a broad perspective, continually assessing your organization and industry, and applying your insights to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. In this course, you'll learn the characteristics that distinguish leading with strategic thinking and the competencies required to do so. You'll learn how strategic management incorporates sound business strategy into your decision making, helping you meet your team's and organization's goals.
6 videos | 55m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Leadership Insights on Strategic Thinking
Thinking strategically is all about the big picture, not individual brushstrokes. Leaders need to ask lots of questions to gain the new perspectives that are so vital to developing successful strategies. To get it right, get out of the box!
13 videos | 41m available Badge
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 has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
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 | 22m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
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 has Assessment available Badge
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 has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
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 has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
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 has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Achieving Supply Chain Transparency
A transparent approach to supply-chain strategy could give organizations a competitive edge.Consumers increasingly want to know more about where and how the products they purchase are being made. In many industries, this type of transparency has become a requirement, with consumers actively rewarding companies that provide visibility into their supply chains and punishing companies that do not. Importantly, creating transparency requires companies to not only determine what information to disclose to consumers, but also to gain visibility into their supply chains.
1 video | 59m
Reshaping Supply Chains for a Post-Pandemic World
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended global supply chains. Civilization depends on supply chains to convert the planet’s bounty into the products we need and to deliver those products to 7.8 billion human beings at a price they can afford. COVID-19 has upended supply chains around the world and has cast into doubt the future of the operations landscape. This is a presentation and conversation with MIT professor Yossi Sheffi, author of The New (Ab)Normal: Reshaping Business and Supply Chain Strategy Beyond Covid-19. Sheffi discusses the future of operations in the context of global phenomena like COVID-19, climate change, and economic uncertainty.
1 video | 59m
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BOOKS INCLUDED

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MIT Sloan Management Review on Thinking Strategically
In this collection of articles from MIT Sloan Management Review, you’ll discover that a rigorous process for navigating strategic decisions can mitigate errors and improve judgment. Do you have the tools you need?
Book Duration 50m Book Authors By MIT Sloan Management Review

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Disrupt Your Own Business First
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review discusses how planning the future for your company begins with knowing how to destroy it. How can companies strategize once they have recognized the limitations of long term planning in an unpredictable world?
Book Duration 9m Book Authors By Ian C. Woodward, Ram Charan, Sameer Hasija, V. “Paddy" Padmanahan

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on What Sets Breakthrough Strategies Apart
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review discusses how innovative strategies depend more on novel, well-reasoned theories than on well-crunched numbers.
Book Duration 6m Book Authors By Teppo Felin, Todd Zenger

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Modern Business Models Will Drive the Post-Pandemic World
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review on how companies and leaders must remain relevant and resilient by building business models using key components for growth. Digitally centric companies can leverage data and machine learning to create valuable insights, intelligence, and capabilities across the organization.
Book Duration 5m Book Authors By Barry Libert , Jim Curry, K.D. de Vries, Lanham Napier

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Are You Managing Your Risks From Social Media?
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review looks at how many organizations aren’t fully aware of the risks posed by social media or taking enough steps to minimize them.
Book Duration 8m Book Authors By David Houghton, Emily S. Keenan, Leslie H. Blix, Mark Edmonds

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Who Gets What When Supply Chains Are Disrupted?
In this article from MIT Sloan Management Review, learn how when companies cannot meet the full demands of their customers, leaders need to set clear decision criteria and the mechanisms to back them up. But how?
Book Duration 5m Book Authors By Yossi Sheffi

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on The Corporate Implications of Longer Lives
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review discusses how people are living longer and working longer — but few organizations have come to grips with the opportunities and challenges that greater longevity brings.
Book Duration 18m Book Authors By Andrew Scott, Lynda Gratton

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on The Age of Accelerating Strategy Breakthroughs
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review discusses how companies showing the most agility and resilience in their response to the global pandemic are pursuing four main strategies.
Book Duration 6m Book Authors By Greg Rung, Hanna Moukanas, John Romeo

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on How to Become a Strategic Leader
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review reveals that new and experienced managers alike can become better strategic leaders by sting more time in three key activities.
Book Duration 4m Book Authors By Julie Zhuo

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Three Scenarios to Guide Your Global Supply Chain Recovery
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review reveals that even as the business climate remains deeply unpredictable, supply chain leaders should act now to plot their comebacks.
Book Duration 7m Book Authors By David Simchi-Levi

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Plotting Strategy in a Dynamic World
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review discusses how companies can no longer rely on traditional forecasting exercises to spot — and capitalize on — emerging threats and opportunities. To remain competitive over time, a company must be able to move quickly in response to major changes.
Book Duration 10m Book Authors By David J. Teece, David R. Cox, Paul G. Raspin

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Should Businesses Stop Flying to Fight Climate Change?
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review discusses whether businesses that have already committed to climate action should slash airplane travel?
Book Duration 5m Book Authors By Andrew Winston

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Managing in the Location-Tracking Era
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review discusses how real-time locating systems allow precise tracking of every asset. But to make the most of these technologies, slow-moving processes must be adjusted.
Book Duration 2m Book Authors By Fabio Belloni

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Create a Crisis Growth Plan: Start With Opportunity Marketplaces
In this article from MIT Sloan Management Review, learn how in response to unrelenting digital disruption, many leaders are rethinking how they value and invest in their workforces.
Book Duration 7m Book Authors By David Kiron, Jeff Schwartz, Natasha Buckley, Robin Jones

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on How to Reconcile Your Shareholders With Other Stakeholders
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review discusses how to identify which stakeholders will create long-term value for shareholders — and avoid the value-destroying traps associated with others.
Book Duration 13m Book Authors By Didier Cossin, Mahwesh Khan, Paul Strebel

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Don’t Let Your Strategy Be Hijacked
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review discusses how companies can preempt and manage consumer backlash.
Book Duration 5m Book Authors By Carsten Lund Pedersen, Thomas Ritter

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Why Hypotheses Beat Goals
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review talks about how companies should focus organizational energy on hypothesis generation and testing.
Book Duration 4m Book Authors By Jeanne Ross

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on How a Lack of Systemic Thinking Threatens a Sustainable U.S. Energy Policy
In this article from MIT Sloan Management Review, learn why the United States’ shifting approach to ethanol and other biofuels is a case study in short-sighted decision making.
Book Duration 4m Book Authors By Alexis Bateman, Yossi Sheffi

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on A New Approach to Designing Work
In this article from MIT Sloan Management Review, learn how it is possible to design an organization’s work in ways that simultaneously offer agility and efficiency — if you know how.
Book Duration 22m Book Authors By Don Kieffer, James Repenning, Nelson P. Repenning

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on More from MIT’s Senge on Recycling and Systems Thinking
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review discusses the waste stream and the potential for a gigantic “underground economy” built around trash.
Book Duration 1m Book Authors By Peter Senge

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Marketing Beyond the Gender Binary
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review talks about why marketers must rethink gender to win the next generations of consumers.
Book Duration 4m Book Authors By Dipanjan Chatterjee, Nick Monroe

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on How to Compete Against the New Breed of National Champions
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review talks about how going up against the latest wave of state-supported competitors requires a new playbook for Western companies.
Book Duration 5m Book Authors By Aldo Musacchio, Sergio G. Lazzarini, Sharon Poczter

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Smart Strategies Require Smarter KPIs
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review discusses why KPIs are becoming more versatile and valuable for securing strategic advantage.
Book Duration 6m Book Authors By Michael Schrage

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on How Would-Be Category Kings Become Commoners
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review discusses how innovative companies may succeed in pioneering new markets, but often fail to dominate the categories they create.
Book Duration 13m Book Authors By Keith Krach, Rory McDonald

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on The Rising Frugal Economy
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review reveals that in order to build new industry value chains that benefit people, society, and the planet, we need a new economic operating system.
Book Duration 6m Book Authors By Navi Radjou

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on With Goals, FAST Beats SMART
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review reveals that in order to execute strategy, leaders must set ambitious targets, translate them into specific metrics and milestones, make them transparent throughout the organization, and discuss progress frequently.
Book Duration 15m Book Authors By Charles Sull, Donald Sull

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Bill It, Kill It, or Keep It Free?
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review reveals how B2B companies can seize new sales by charging for services they’ve been giving away.
Book Duration 10m Book Authors By Stefan Michel, Wolfgang Ulaga

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on How Business Ecosystems Rise (and Often Fall)
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review talks about how ecosystems are not easy to build or sustain, but new research identifies three critical windows in their life cycle and the corresponding actions that lead to success at each stage.
Book Duration 9m Book Authors By Hen Lotan, Julien Legrand, Martin Reeves, Michael G. Jacobides

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Reviving High-Touch Business Models for the Social Distancing Era
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review explains why complementing older high-touch business models with today’s technologies can help companies thrive amid pandemic-driven changes in consumer behavior.
Book Duration 5m Book Authors By Matt Josefy

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Finding the Middle Ground in a Politically Polarized World
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review discusses how business leaders should consider an issue’s importance to company financial performance and relevance to stated values in order to gauge whether — and how — to jump into the political fray.
Book Duration 5m Book Authors By Daniel Korschun, N. Craig Smith

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on How Scenario Planning Influences Strategic Decisions
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review talks about a recent study that sheds light on how the use of scenario planning affects executives’ strategic choices.
Book Duration 7m Book Authors By Chris Caplice, Shardul Phadnis, Yossi Sheffi

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MIT Sloan Management Review Article on 10 Principles of Modern Marketing
This article from MIT Sloan Management Review reveals that to be successful in the digital era, marketers should adopt the best new modern practices as well as rethink and refine classic approaches.
Book Duration 12m Book Authors By Ann Lewnes, Kevin Lane Keller

Book Summary

Strategic Thinking: A Nine Step Approach to Strategy and Leadership for Managers and Marketers, 3rd Edition
Strategic Thinking offers a nine-step approach for becoming a strategic thinker and, consequently, a strong, strategic leader. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 10m Book Authors By Simon Wootton, Terry Horne

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The Art and Discipline of Strategic Leadership: Drive Breakthrough Strategic Thinking Throughout Every Level of Your Organization
The Art and Discipline of Strategic Leadership offers a clear, effective five-phase process for developing and implementing business strategies that could transform an organization. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 8m Book Authors By Benjamin B. Tregoe, Mike Freedman

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Learning to Think Strategically
Learning to Think Strategically provides a theoretical framework that links a continuous cycle of learning to strategic thinking and performance. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 11m Book Authors By Julia Sloan

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Strategic Thinking: A Nine Step Approach to Strategy and Leadership for Managers and Marketers, 3rd edition
Including prompt sheets, objectives, action plans and summaries, this book will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of your market, forecast where your organization is heading, think critically about proposals and write an effective strategic plan.
Book Duration 2h 51m Book Authors By Simon Wootton, Terry Horne

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The Art of Opportunity: How to Build Growth and Ventures Through Strategic Innovation and Visual Thinking
Your company’s goal is to grow, and to turn non-customers into customers. The old ways are becoming less tenable and less cost-effective. This invaluable book outlines the new growth paradigm and gives you a solid framework for putting new ideas into practice.
Book Duration 2h 42m Book Authors By Marc Sniukas, Matt Morasky, Parker Lee

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Strategic Decision Making: A Discovery-Led Approach to Critical Choices in Turbulent Times
Packed with real world examples and backed up by academic research, this essential resource will allow today's leaders and the leaders of tomorrow to make successful and defensible business choices.
Book Duration 4h 27m Book Authors By Ben Shenoy, Simon Haslam

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Business Strategy (The Brian Tracy Success Library)
Incorporating examples ranging from Alexander the Great to IBM and General Electric, renowned speaker, trainer, seminar leader, and consultant Brian Tracy gives readers proven ideas for increasing their company's ROI and maximizing their strengths and opportunities.
Book Duration 1h 8m Book Authors By Brian Tracy

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Leading with Strategic Thinking: Four Ways Effective Leaders Gain Insight, Drive Change, and Get Results
Bringing together insights from cognitive psychology, systems theory, and other fields to show that the importance of strategic thought transcends planning, this book will inspire you to have a greater impact, today and into the future.
Book Duration 4h 48m Book Authors By Aaron K. Olson, B. Keith Simerson

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Demystifying Strategic Thinking: Lessons from Leading CEOs
Using unique and original interviews with six top business leaders, this book examines the key components of successful strategizing, provides a strategy system for managers and helps them develop and implement a winning strategy for their organization.
Book Duration 5h 54m Book Authors By Tony Grundy

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Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership
Strategic Doing introduces you to the new disciplines of agile strategy and collaborative leadership - a set of tools specifically designed to harness the power of collaborative networks.
Book Duration 3h 21m Book Authors By Edward Morrison, Elizabeth Nilsen, Janyce Fadden, Nancy Franklin, Scott Hutcheson

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A Welch Way Playbook on Creating a Winning Strategy
In this Welch Way Playbook, we present the tools and proven techniques you can apply to develop a clear strategy for success. This Playbook is your game plan for success.
Book Duration 1h 1m Book Authors By Strayer University

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Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking
Providing leaders with a framework and toolkit for developing advanced strategic thinking capabilities, this book will enable leaders to finally integrate both strategy and innovation into a strategic approach that drives their profitable growth.
Book Duration 2h 41m Book Authors By Rich Horwath

Book Summary

Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works
Playing to Win clearly outlines the right—and wrong—approach to defining and implementing strategy in the business context by providing clear, actionable advice for establishing the framework and processes that must underpin strategic direction and choices. In this Review, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 5m Book Authors By A.G. Lafley, Roger L. Martin
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