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Strategic Thinking for Advantage

  • Online Training Program
  • 30 Video Lessons

Learn how to be more strategic and to be recognized as strategic in this rich, self-paced video course.

It's meticulously designed to help you think and act strategically, propelling your career and personal aspirations to unprecedented heights.

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About the Program

Most "how to think strategically" advice boils down to the same tired truism. Think big picture.

This metaphor is fitting but not helpful for actually improving your strategic thinking or developing the skills and judgment required to become a strategic executive. The "think big picture" advice is just too ambiguous to be useful.

I built this course to answer the question: How to become more strategic? When a skilled strategist reviews an issue, what are they looking for? What are they mechanically doing, beyond trying to find the big picture? What's the thought process? What heuristics do they apply? What frameworks do they use?

I wanted to use my 30-plus years of strategic leadership and strategy consulting to help make strategic thinking more accessible to everyone.

Strategy is a deeply human skill. We are all strategists.

But the everyday work of an operational leader doesn't help you develop this skill. And most executives spend most of their careers focused on current operational issues.

Strategy is primarily concerned with future performance and development. Its purpose is to help improve your odds of success by finding and developing advantage.

As an executive, your career trajectory hinges on your ability to think strategically and to be seen as strategic.

Being strategic creates beneficial power dynamics, allowing you to move beyond management into positions of influence and leadership in the process.

Strong strategic leaders are the people we turn to when things are tough. When we need to make big decisions, when we need to make big changes.

These are the leaders who get the opportunities. And in turn, the responsibility, rewards, and recognition.

But strong strategic leaders are in short supply.

Despite its significance, nobody teaches you how to be more strategic.

The available resources offer vague advice or concentrate on specific facets of strategy.

This is precisely where the Strategic Thinking for Advantage program bridges the gap. It's meticulously designed to help you think and act strategically, propelling your career and personal aspirations to unprecedented heights.

What Awaits You in This Course

  • Cultivate Your Strategic Thinking Skills: Learn to think strategically, master the art of deliberate decision-making, and envision future scenarios.
  • Embrace Strategic Action: Understand that strategic thinking extends beyond thoughts—it's about making every action contribute to your strategic goals.
  • Catapult Your Career: Gain the recognition you deserve by being perceived as a strategic leader, opening doors to greater responsibilities and rewards.
  • Elevate Decision-Making: Enhance your ability to make informed decisions, allocate resources effectively, and reduce risks.
  • Foster Innovation: Instill a culture of creativity within your organization, driving it toward unparalleled growth.
  • Navigate Complexity: Lead your organization through uncertainty with clarity, purpose, and precision.

Course contents

Module 1 - Introduction

An overview of the entire program, ensuring you're well-prepared for the learning journey ahead.

  • Welcome to Strategic Thinking for Advantage - 1 mins
  • Background and Objectives - 14 mins
  • Course Overview - 2 mins
  • Mental Preparation - 4 mins

Module 2 - Strategy Summarized

In this module, we'll embark on a guided tour of strategy. I'll demystify what strategy really is and how it operates. You'll be introduced to valuable tools like the strategy frame, strategy pyramid, and a strategy roadmap—practical resources to help you organize your strategic thoughts effectively.

  • Strategy Summarized Module Overview - 2 mins
  • The Quest for Advantage - 14 mins
  • The Standard Strategy Frame - 18 mins
  • Strategy vs. Tactics - 13 mins
  • The Strategy Pyramid - 16 mins
  • The Strategy Roadmap - 15 mins

Module 3 - Building a Strategy for Strategic Thinking

With the tools and frameworks from the previous module, we'll roll up our sleeves and delve into action. You'll witness the inner workings of strategy development as we focus on crafting a strategy for strategic thinking. By the end, you'll have a fully fleshed-out strategy pyramid dedicated to enhancing your strategic thinking.

  • Building a Strategy Module Overview - 7 mins
  • Frame the Context - 5 mins
  • Evaluate the Challenge - 7 mins
  • What Better Looks Like - 10 mins
  • Current State Assessment Process - 6 mins
  • Current State Assessment - Personal Experience - 9 mins
  • Current State Assessment - External Research - 15 mins
  • Current State Assessment - Deconstructing Strategy - 20 mins
  • Current State Assessment - Issue Brainstorm - 11 mins
  • Current State Assessment - Integrating the Findings - 9 mins
  • Describe the Shift - 23 mins
  • Synthesize the Strategy - 4 mins

Module 4 - Being Strategic

Our final module is all about putting your strategic prowess into practice. I've titled it "Being Strategic" because it's not just about thinking strategically; it's about embodying it in your actions and being recognized as a strategic leader. We'll explore various ways to achieve this:

  • Being Strategic Module Overview - 4 mins
  • Developing an Enactive Mindset - 16 mins
  • Increasing Your Strategic Influence - 17 mins
  • Generating More Strategic Insight - 6 mins
  • Innovating for Advantage - 22 mins
  • Producing More Strategic Impact - 14 mins

Module 5 - Bonus Lessons

  • How to Win Your Day - 22 mins
  • Additional Resources for Further Development - 17 mins
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About Alex

I'm Alex Nesbitt, and I've dedicated my career to helping CEOs and executives like you master the art of strategy.

I work with ambitious CEOs and executives who want to be better leaders and strategic thinkers. I’ve been advising and mentoring CEOs for over 30 years.

I’ve also been a CEO and Board Director and have great empathy for the struggle and challenge of being a CEO. It’s a job without peers that you get no training for. I help with that.

While I’ve mentored CEOs of $15 billion companies, I prefer to work with CEOs of small to midsized companies that want to 10x their revenue and 50x their EBITDA.

I work with CEOs in a wide range of industries including software, manufacturing, distribution, renewable energy, technology, retail, consumer goods, power sports, automotive, finance, and health care.

My work focuses on helping CEOs level up. I’m a guide, mentor, coach, and advisor to CEOs who want to lead in more powerful ways. I help them look at their businesses with fresh eyes and realize levels of performance beyond their imagination.

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