National Seminars Group & Padgett Thompson
a division of Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center
Course Description

How to Build Strategic Thinking Skills

A practical approach to strategic thinking, problem solving, and decision making. In other words, a day of training that’s absolutely CRITICAL for EVERY success-minded professional!

Program Description:

You’ve Got Challenges. This Training Will Help You Succeed ... We Guarantee It!

It seems like the new mantra of today’s workplace is “we’ve got to be strategic about this.” But, while there’s a lot of lip service proclaiming the virtues of strategic thinking, there isn’t a great deal of understanding of what strategic thinking really is. And that leads to poor strategies.

Unfortunately, when our strategies are weak, so are our results. That’s why this training is so important.

How to Build Strategic Thinking Skills is an amazing day of learning that will open your mind to a whole new way of thinking about how you think through any challenge or problem you face.

You’ll learn how to break down any business situation from a strategic perspective, identifying hurdles, opportunities, hot issues, and constraints. Then, you’ll learn to formulate effective strategies for addressing the dilemma you’re up against ... creating an effective strategic plan and execution strategy to ensure positive results.

Better Decisions Begin With Strong Strategic Thinking Skills
Want to be a stronger problem solver? Want to make more on-target decisions more frequently? It all starts with improving your strategic thinking skills.

At this workshop, you’ll learn how to ...

It’s an incredible, intensive day of training sure to help you be a more successful decision maker from now on! What Are You Waiting For? The Smart Strategy Is to Enroll Right Now! Savvy professionals recognize an opportunity to take their skills to a whole new level — and, my friend, this training IS that opportunity!

What You'll Learn

  • Respond more quickly and strategically in a constantly changing business climate
  • Identify not-so-obvious opportunities in any situation
  • Communicate your strategic vision in a way that gains buy-in and commitment to critical goals
  • Learn from the strategy missteps ... and the successes ... of others
  • Challenge the status quo and lead your organization to greater success
  • Discover how to acquire and evaluate information required to form smart strategies
  • Understand organizational barriers to thinking strategically and implementing new strategic plans
  • Learn how to move from strategic thinking to strategic planning
  • Access more of your “idea power” than you currently do to generate smarter, more effective solutions
Workshop Agenda

Strategic Thinking Essentials

  • Strategic Thinking Rule #1: Open minds are essential!
  • Challenging conventional thinking
  • What’s your vision? Seeing possibilities beyond the present
  • Thinking big and broadly
  • Automatic filters that affect your perception of the world and the way you think
  • Reading the environment of today and anticipating the environment of tomorrow
  • Zoom-in, Zoom-out: looking beyond the picture you see from where you stand
Strategic Thinking for Better Decisions
  • What do you need to accomplish? Focus on the goal
  • Weighing risks against the potential rewards
  • Intuition or hard fact? Why you need to consider both
  • Building adaptability and flexibility into your decisions
  • Choices must be made: establishing priorities
  • How hiccups and mistakes can be a strategic thinker’s best friend
The Strategic Thinker’s Thinking Tools
  • The important role of information gathering in concepting new strategies
  • Understanding the drivers, strengths, and vulnerabilities of any situation or business condition
  • Identifying roadblocks and land mines that can throw you off track
  • Protecting your “thinking time” — it’s hard to be your strategic best amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life
  • Questioning strategies: the best answers come from the best questions
  • Articulating your strategies: communicating so everyone understands
Creative and Critical Thinking Skills
  • The differences among strategic, creative, and critical thinking — and why all 3 are important
  • Creative idea generation — how to come up with lots of outside-the-box ideas fast
  • An oldie but still a goodie for critical thinkers: SWOT Analysis
  • Get out of “stuck in a rut” thinking
  • Avoid costly mistakes using what-if thinking
  • Paradigms: where to look for the next generation of breakthrough ideas
  • Using the “Why 5 Tool” to determine what’s really important to you
From Strategic Thinking to Strategic Planning
  • Aligning strategic decisions with critical goals
  • Critical steps of strategic thinking that guarantee your action plan succeeds
  • Ground rules for making stronger decisions and plans
  • Setting measurable, specific objectives
  • Identify organizational barriers that may interfere with new strategic plans
  • Keeping strategic planning simple: the hazards of confusing “comprehensive” with “complex”
  • Resource needs planning: a critical part of any strategic plan
  • The strategic planning team — and why it’s never a team of one!
  • How to monitor your strategic plan’s effectiveness and recognize cues that signal

Your Guarantee of Complete Satisfaction

We stand behind our seminars with a 100 percent , iron-clad, money-back guarantee of satisfaction. If for any reason you’re not completely satisfied with the solid skills, the tips, tools and shortcuts, and the crucial information you receive during this workshop, we’ll refund your money in full. Every penny. Guaranteed!

Program Hours:
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration begins at
8:30 a.m.

Group Discount: When 3 enroll from your organization, a 4th attends FREE!

Lunch is on your own.

Continuing Education:
Continuing education credits may be recognized by your professional board. Contact your own board to find out what's required.

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