Thinking Strategically

  • 10 Courses | 5h 49m 25s
  • 43 Books | 33h 50m
  • 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.


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."
1 video | 9m
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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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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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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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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
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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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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


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


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


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