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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Makes me hate mid level Officiers

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This lecture was cr*p. Some mid-level Officer who equates everything to either his military experience or hyper macho sports references. His lecture was more a story on military history including him reading entire sections of military history books rather than strategic thought process.

I wish I had my money back. The only way this lecture would be worth while is if I was a mid-level Officer who longs for my days in the military, you will get the same from the Military Channel as you will get from this lecture. 99% of this lecture has very little to do with real life strategic thought. Just get a copy of "The Art of War", it's free and is more relevant. Ridgley is just another huckster with a degree.

Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Stanley K. Ridgley?

Stan's lecture was simply horrible that had little to do with the way he delivered the course and more to do with the lack of meaningful content.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

Send this guy back to the military as that is the only place that appears to give his sad life meaning.

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- Kindle Customer

Lectures run a bit shallow

What would have made Strategic Thinking Skills better?

Retitle it "Strategic lessons from history": this is 95 percent historical review and about 5 percent relating history to other things (like football…lots of football metaphors).

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It's nonfiction, so sure.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Mostly disappointment that I hadn't chosen something else.

Any additional comments?

This series reminded me of so many self-help business books: they're fine but not really very meaningful or helpful. A collection of stories from battles through history with some rather obvious lessons falls short of what I've come to expect from Great Courses.

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- John Patten

Book Details

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