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Strategic Thinking

4 hours


Strategic Thinking within Information Technology (IT) is the mental process, applied by an individual or
by IT as a whole, which considers ways to enhance the value of IT to the organization it serves.
The class outlines strategic thinking from a number of different conceptual perspectives, but always with
an eye to how it can be used to enhance the mission and value of IT and the careers of the professionals
within it.

Key Topics

  • Initial thoughts and vocabulary
    • Lateral thinking versus programmed thinking
    • The inspiration paradox
  • Organizational thinking
    • Planning and positioning
    • Organizational learning
    • Constructive transformation
  • Critical success factors
    • Vision effectiveness
    • Prioritization
    • Your comfort zone
    • Results versus methods
    • Forward thinking
  • Strategic Thinking Process
    • A six-step process outlining the strategic and creative thinking process
    • Formal methodologies
    • Liedtka Model of Elements of Strategic Thinking
    • Benjamin Bloom's Model of Critical Thinking
    • A-B- C-D- E Systems Mode

Key Takeaways

  • Conceptual understanding of the strategic thinking process
  • Critical success factors of the strategic thinking process
  • Insights into various, formal strategic thinking methodologies
  • Reviews

    I appreciated that it wasn’t just about how we could apply strategic thinking to our jobs, but to ourselves. Better employees = Better business outcomes. – Align Technology, Inc., Director, Global Talent Management

    It was a beneficial session to help think more broadly and strategically about your own role, your organization and customers. The information provided on how to change my routine mindset and viewpoint was insightful.– Synaptics, Inc., Senior Program Manager