- Without the ability to set strategy there is no guide for the development or execution of a plan. Strategy is at the core of sustainability which evolves out of creativity and innovation. But is it possible to learn such a deeply creative process?
- In this edition of Voices of the Cliff Douglas Scherer discusses that question with Dr. Julia Sloan – who answers it with a resounding, “yes” and shares how she helps individual leaders and groups achieve it.
- Julia teaches strategic thinking in fortune 100 corporations worldwide as well to organizations like the United Nations, The World Bank, and UN Peacekeeping Operations. Her book, Learning to Think Strategically draws from her direct research and work with strategists in global corporations, and forms the foundation of her consulting practice. Her research finds that strategy is not only learnable, but evolves in unexpected ways. Join us for their discussion on this critical organizational capability.
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Program Outline with Time Codes
- 00:00 – 00:28 — Intro
- 00:29 – 00:59 — Strategic Thinking is Learnable
- 01:00 – 01:31 — Dr. Sloan’s Biography
- 01:31 – 03:08 — Critical Dialogue Work Sessions for Uncovering Assumptions
- 03:09 – 03:52 — Turning Critical Dialogue Work into New Strategy
- 03:53 – 06:15 — Balancing of Strategic Thinking, Planning, Implementation
- 06:16 – 07:24 — Pipeline Rather than Compartmentalized Strategy
- 07:25 – 08:40 — Importance of Pausing to Challenge Operating Assumptions
- 08:41 – 09:48 — Coming to Terms with New Strategic Ideas
- 09:49 – 10:53 — Informal and Formal Techniques in Strategic Learning Process
- 10:54 – 11:45 — Overcoming Group Think
- 11:46 – 13:45 — Polarities as an Essential Strategic Component
- 13:46 – 15:37 — Innovation, Imagination, and Playing with the Tension in Strategic Polarities
- 15:38 – 16:16 — Sign-off
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Author of the definitive book Learning To Think Strategically (Elsevier, 2006), Dr. Julia Sloan is widely recognized for her pioneering work in the application of complex cognitive theory to everyday global strategic thinking practice.
Julia’s work draws upon more than two decades of her own expatriate corporate experience in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the United States working on strategy to align the business agenda with prevailing economic, cultural and social issues.
Julia has lectured at some of the premier academic institutions including: Columbia University, MIT and Harvard University (U.S.); Nanjing University (China); Tokyo University and Keio University (Japan); Singapore University and India Institute of Management (India).
A resident of New York City, Julia’s educational background includes a doctorate from Columbia University; master’s studies at Yale University and University of Alaska; and undergraduate studies from Kent State University.
Contact Dr. Sloan: http://www.sloaninternationalconsulting.com/contact.html