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

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Most Helpful

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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- Andrew M

condensed history

So much history condense into one piece of work. excellent! thank you very much prof Ridgeley.
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- Silee9

Book Details

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