Strategic Thinking Skills

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LECTURE 1 The World of Strategic Thinking …………………………………………………4 LECTURE 2 The Origins and Relevance of Ancient Strategy ………………………….11 LECTURE 3 The Dawn of Modern Strategic Thinking ……………………………………20 LECTURE 4 Modern Principles of Strategic Confl ict………………………………………29 LECTURE 5 Geography—Know Your Terrain ……………………………………………….37 LECTURE 6 Grand Strategists and Strategic Intent ………………………………………45 LECTURE 7 The Core and the Rise of Strategic Planning ……………………………..54 LECTURE 8 Which Business Strategy? Fundamental Choices……………………….62 LECTURE 9 Your Competitive Advantage—Find the Blue Ocean ……………………70 LECTURE 10 Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats …………………………78 Table of Contents iv LECTURE 11 Avoid the Pathologies of Execution …………………………………………..85 LECTURE 12 Tactics of Combat as Problem-Solving Tools ……………………………..92 LECTURE 13 Shock of the New—Infl ection Points ……………………………………….101 LECTURE 14 Surprise! Perils and Power of Strategic Deception…………………….109 LECTURE 15 The Sources and Uses of Reliable Intelligence …………………………117 LECTURE 16 Move and Countermove—The Theory of Games ………………………124 LECTURE 17 The Evolution of Cooperation …………………………………………………131 LECTURE 18 When Strategy Breaks Down …………………………………………………138 LECTURE 19 Leverage Cognitive Psychology for Better Strategy …………………..146 LECTURE 20 Strategic Intuition and Creative Insight …………………………………….155 LECTURE 21 From Systemic Problems to Systemic Solutions ……………………….161 LECTURE 22 Seize the Future with Scenario Analysis …..……………………………..167 LECTURE 23 The Correlation of Forces, Luck, and Culture……………………………175 Table of Contents v LECTURE 24 Strategic Thinking as a Way of Life ………………………………………..182 SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL Timeline ………………………………………………………………………………190 Biographical Notes ……………………………………………………………….197 Bibliography …………………………………………………………………………203

We sometimes hear the word “strategy” used in conjunction with “tactics,” but there’s a difference between the two. We tend to think of strategy as part of some higher realm of planning, while tactics are the execution of strategy.  If your strategy is to become a doctor or lawyer, the courses you take are part of that strategy, but the ways you choose to study and prepare would be tactics.  Clausewitz distinguished between strategy and tactics by focusing on levels of conflict. In his words, “Just as tactics is the employment of military forces in battle, so strategy is the employment of battles … to achieve the object of war.”  Strategy encompasses well-executed tactics and cannot be divorced from tactics. Many a great strategic plan can falter because of a failure to recognize this crucial point.  Strategic thinking does not end with the crafting and execution of a strategy. Strategic thinking means constant interaction with the environment during the execution of the strategy. Successful strategy is dynamic, adaptive, and opportunistic, and it depends on the swift, bold, and decisive execution of tactics. DOWNLOAD

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