Managing Innovation

Strategic Thinking:
Leadership Tools for Planning,
Problem-Solving, and Decision-Making

Dynamic, innovative organizations require leaders at all levels who can think critically, anticipate issues, solve problems, and make decisions based on new and emerging information while keeping the long-term vision in mind. Change is a constant and leaders can no longer afford the luxury of treating strategic thinking as part of an occasional event — it must become part of their daily practice.

Using a variety of tools, Strategic Thinking™ will help you develop your thinking about an important challenge or opportunity in your own organization. You will become more aware of any biases or assumptions that stand in the way of achieving results. You will identify and apply systems thinking, critical thinking, and creative thinking in the context of Strategic Thinking to a problem or opportunity you currently face. You will plan for including and influencing stakeholders in making and implementing critical decisions. Using approaches developed in several areas of study, you will become a more future-focused leader.

For more information on Strategic Thinking™, click here.

Strategic Thinking™ is a copyrighted program of Barnes & Conti Associates, Inc.

Program Objectives

As a participant, you will be able to:

  • Define strategic, systems, creative, and critical thinking
  • Identify aspects of strategic thinking you currently use and those you under-use
  • Identify organizational and individual barriers to strategic thinking
  • Identify current issues that require strategic thinking
  • Ask questions that stimulate strategic thinking in oneself and others
  • Apply strategic thinking tools to an important current issue
  • Develop approaches to help stakeholders think and act strategically
  • Identify other thinking tools to be learned in the future.


What our clients say:

“ ...(the implementation of this program) has allowed this team to think differently and allowed them to move out of their traditional approaches to product development, product launches and marketing. Overall the Strategic Thinking model from Barnes and Conti has increased our ability to adjust to the changes that occur in our markets, products and competition.

—Director of Global Training and Development, Biotech Company


Podcast on Strategic Thinking™

Barnes & Conti Marketing Associate Rebecca Stern discusses Strategic Thinking and our workshop by the same name.


Virtual Tour
Stragic thinking

Strategic Thinking is a multifaceted approach to thinking backward from a preferred future state and continually assessing how to achieve it, given the changes that take place in the environment.

Influence Tactics

Strategic thinking can not be applied without systems thinking. Understanding the Organizational System helps lay the foundation for strategic thinking

Strategic Thinking Model

The Strategic Thinking is a process that is both logical and intuitive. The model illustrates the process.

Define the Challenge

Defining a challenge is to look at the desired result you hope to achieve. Using the phrase, “Wouldn’t it be great if...?” can express an ideal outcome.

Map the Territory

Creating a map, that includes influences both inside and outside of our organization’s boundaries, is a way to identify and coordinate your understanding of all the components in the system.

Creative Thinking

Creative thinking often turns in unlikely directions and may be paradoxical or provocative. It assumes that there are many possible solutions rather than “one right answer.”

Tools for Creative Thinking

This course gives participants a variety of tools to break habitual patterns and stimulate creative thinking.

Conclusion: Strategic Thinking

Contact Barnes & Conti to see how Strategic Thinking™ can help your organization move ideas into action and achieve outstanding results.

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