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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).

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses
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1 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 08-30-16

Mostly Fluff, Could be much shorter.

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

Unfortunately despite the quality I expect from the Great Courses this course would have been better served being much smaller.

The first 90% of this course is mostly platitudes and useless advice. Many times the target is drawn around where the arrow landed in examples and saying that such and such person was acting strategically. By in large it's just examples of people getting lucky, being the 1 person out of millions trying to do the same thing but they were the right person the right place at the right time. Many times the subject of the lecture is applied artificially to the person involved. Madonna wasn't a strategic thinker. She was the sort of thing MTV was looking for in the 80s. Is Boy George a strategic thinker too? How about Dire Straits? Twisted Sister?

The last 10% of the course (lectures 20+ I think) actually provide some useful case studies. But once again no clear principles are given, or they're artificially tied to the point the lecturer is trying to make. Still there's some merit in them.

This lecture series is 700+ minutes long and probably should have only been 2 hours long. Most of the content is motivational style speaking applied to saying nothing. Sounds impressive but lacks any academic or practical value.

Any additional comments?

If you're interested in the subject I would better recommend "The Art of Critical Decision Making" by the Great Courses. That course is likely what you came here to find.

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17 of 17 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By G. Norman on 01-22-15

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew M on 11-22-13

sows seeds for action- accessible and enjoyable

Would you listen to Strategic Thinking Skills again? Why?

I'd listen to this again- it's got a lot of interesting anecdotes; is well read; well structured and made me think about things to do

What about Professor Stanley K. Ridgley’s performance did you like?

engaging to listen to and kept my attention

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it caused me to think about things in a different way and consider specific things I'd do

Any additional comments?

A great overview of strategic thinking, peppered with anecdotes and examples to bring it alive. With examples from the battlefield to the boardroom; the past to the present; from failures to success. And for that reason, giving it a wide appeal, and the opportunity to think through the relevance of different ideas.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Silee9 on 10-11-16

condensed history

So much history condense into one piece of work. excellent! thank you very much prof Ridgeley.

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