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Strategic Thinking: Shifting Mindsets and Building The Strategic Capacity of Your Team

With the increasing speed and complexity in today’s business world, the ability to anticipate and see around corners is more important than ever. This workshop helps experienced managers improve their strategic thinking skills, better anticipate strategic needs, and align work with key stakeholders. We practice strategies for more effectively avoiding cognitive traps, managing loosely structured problems, proactively anticipating stakeholder needs, effectively using available expertise, and adapting decisions and initiatives to fit a changing environment. The session will include application of several techniques designed to enable the core leadership actions of anticipating, building, and sustaining strategic momentum.


  1. 1. Identify and correct for the cognitive limitations and situational pressures that hinder strategic thinking
  2. 2. Use uncertainties and proactive forecasting techniques as a source for improved strategic decision making
  3. 3. Effectively identify and harness organization expertise
  4. 4. Link initiatives with larger strategic objectives
  5. 5. Building flexibility into decisions through systematic situational assessments

Timed Outline:

9:00 to 10:30: Solving the right problem and avoiding decision traps

Solving the right problem

  • Anticipating strategic needs
  • Mindful decision definition
  • Questioning organization assumptions

Avoiding decision traps

  • Overconfidence and confirmation
  • The value and risk of stories

Application techniques: Blind-spot centering, the decision cascade

10:45 to 12:00: Managing uncertainty and becoming a better forecaster

  • Knowing what we don’t know: Seeing uncertainties
  • Keys to becoming a better forecaster
  • Linking insights and actions

Application: Uncertainty vectoring

About John Austin, Ph.D

John Austin is a professor in the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University. Prior to that, Dr. Austin was a Principal at Decision Strategies International and a management professor at Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business. He has taught executives at many leading business schools including Georgetown University, Duke CE, and The Wharton School. John has worked with numerous global companies and government agencies as an executive development resource and is a frequent conference speaker. John has developed leaders and consulted in the areas of change management, scenario planning, team performance, and strategic decision-making.

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