In today’s dynamic and highly complex global economy, it is critically important for policy leaders to be strategic thinkers, an increasingly valued competency for senior managers in business as well as in government. Whether the objective is to introduce a new product line or develop a new policy direction, decision makers or managers supporting the decision-making process must be able to systematically identify the goals, emerging opportunities, and possible obstacles.
This course aims to guide students through a disciplined process to help a business or organization plan for and make transitions, and ultimately to devise the best course of actions. You will also gain a better insight into your own strategic thinking skills – are they up to par or could they use some enhancement?
What is Strategic Thinking?
Why is Strategic Thinking important?
Essential Traits of a Strategic Thinker
Essential success factors
Self-assessment - Faults or pitfalls to avoid - How to enhance personal strategic thinking abilities?
Step-by-step Strategic Thinking Process - Ensuring appropriate initial conditions are in place - Exploring feasible options - Description of potential methods - Devising tactics that contribute to successful outcomes - Performance evaluation
Practical exercises that illustrate the key concepts
- Anyone who has responsibility for the development of strategic plans and policies to address the goals and objectives of a business or organization. Appropriate for participants who are relatively new to the work world, as well as for seasoned staff who wish to improve or refresh their strategic thinking skills.
Peter Norman Levesque, KSJ, MA, is a consultant, teacher and social entrepreneur based in Ottawa. He has over thirty years of experience working with the public, private and non-profit sectors on issues of innovation, strategy and knowledge sharing. His career has included success as an entrepreneur, a leader in creating research and knowledge mobilization programs and a founder of many non-profit organizations. He has served as deputy director of knowledge products and mobilization at SSHRC, knowledge exchange specialist at CHEO and chair of knowledge management at the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. He currently serves on several boards of non-profit organizations. When not teaching at the University of Ottawa, he serves as president of the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization and maintains a busy consulting practice. Peter is an experienced and sought after speaker, facilitator, and commentator on issues of education, research, knowledge and strategy.
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