Managing Innovation

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

Dynamic, innovative organizations need leaders at all levels who can think critically, anticipate issues, solve problems, make good decisions, and take appropriate actions, while still keeping the long-term vision and organizational goals in mind. Strategic Thinking™ must become part of daily practice to achieve success.

Strategic Thinking is a flexible, ongoing process for achieving results in a rapidly changing business environment. Strategic Thinking integrates critical thinking, systems thinking, and creative thinking to help you 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:

  • Examine aspects of strategic thinking you currently use and those you under-use.
  • Explore organizational and individual barriers to strategic thinking.
  • Align critical organizational needs with future growth opportunities.
  • Ask questions that stimulate strategic thinking in oneself and others.
  • Address conflicting opinions and vested interests among stakeholders, and enable them to think and act more strategically.
  • Apply a model and strategic thinking tools to a current issue for you or your team.


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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