Strategic Thinking Skills : The Great Courses: Professional

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Stanley K. Ridgley
  • Series: The Great Courses: Professional
  • 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Start making savvier decisions and outsmart your competitors with greater confidence and ease with this simple and comprehensive guide to the skills, tactics, techniques, tools, case studies, and lessons behind strategic thinking. Professor Ridgley has crafted these 24 lectures as an accessible way to engage with thinking that will help you think-and act-more strategically in business and in your own life, whether you're the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or you're preparing to embark on a new career path.
These lectures are loosely organized around several key topics central to effective strategic thinking, including: principles of conflict (in which you'll follow the development of strategic theory from its roots in great military campaigns to its modern applications in business); competitive intelligence (which plays an increasingly important role in strategic thinking); and tools of strategy and analysis (which can aid your understanding of the forces that shape our future and can help you make sense of a rapidly changing world).
Central to these lectures are the tools and tricks that strategic thinkers have used to better approach problems and seek lasting solutions. Among those you'll learn how to use are the indirect approach (which offers you a much greater utility in achieving your objectives without approaching your opponent head-on); the value chain (a method that divides your team or organization into its value - producing activities so you can better inform yourself on its internal strengths and weaknesses; and the four actions framework (in which you ask yourself four questions to challenge your established logic in an effort to gain a stronger competitive advantage).

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Great overview - good for the everyday & busines

While I wish there was more in depth exercises to work with, the skills outlined in this audio book come with their historical and business origins as well as ideas for how they apply to everyday life and career goals.

I'm excited to listen to it again and spend more time as an active listener with pen and paper, making my own exercises and applying these insights and skills to my life and ambitions.

My only problem is that the audio book doesn't have listed chapter names in the app for repeat listening and I have to go by the audio that comes at the beginning of each chapter.

There is fluff to contend with often about why we should care throughout the chapters but the context is useful for unfamiliar history and biographies, most of which I haven't studied on my own but are concisely distilled here.
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- G. Norman

A Good Basic Introduction to Strategic Thinking

A little history, basic philosophy, a military, business, social point of view. Politics mixed in and the some tools to work with. Professor Stanley K. Ridgley likes to use American Football (Grid Iron) as a metaphor although even this game uses strategy and even I who has not played team sport since my school days understand his thinking. He makes it interesting and clear and this course is worth the listen to but without follow up reading and practice this would only be a good introduction. Do study more and become better at this skill but if you are content to touch the subject and move on, the time spent with this course isn't misplaced.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses