UCLA Extension

Strategic Thinking and Planning for Leaders

A 2-Day Short Course

Strategic thinking is the foundation of all effective planning, leadership, and change. This course gives managers the tools they need to achieve current goals while building for the future. It features a practical systems thinking model which was developed from research on best practices. This approach involves “backwards thinking” to create an ideal future vision, then developing the strategies and actions needed to reach those goals at every level of the organization.

Learn to scan the changing environment and identify current implications. Discover how to create performance measures that reflect your organization’s vision and marketplace positioning. Apply logical management principles to derive needed strategies and action initiatives. Progressive organizations use these concepts to ensure a more systematic approach to achieving results in a fast-paced world.

The concepts apply at all organization levels: enterprise, major business units, groups, and teams. Course materials include numerous checklists and practical tools for application in your organization.

Course Materials

Lecture notes are distributed on the first day of the course. These notes are for participants only and are not for sale.

Coordinator and Instructor

Terry Schmidt, President, Management Pro, Seattle, Washington. Mr. Schmidt has earned an international reputation as a management consultant, strategic thinker, and peak performance coach, with 30 years of experience assisting corporations, governments, and research institutions in 34 countries worldwide. He served on the Association for Strategic Planning task which developed a certification program for strategic planners. His clients include eBay, Symantec, DirecTV, Blizzard Entertainment, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Sony Electronics, Walt Disney Imagineering, Los Angeles County Assessor, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories, Nokia, and the Bank of Thailand. He also assisted virtually every U.S. federal government agency.

Author of 7 management books, including his latest, Strategic Project Management Made Simple, Mr. Schmidt won the coveted Charles T. Main Award from ASME and is cited in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who’s Who in the World. He holds a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from Harvard University.

For more information contact the Short Course Program Office:
shortcourses@uclaextension.edu | (310) 825-3344 | fax (310) 206-2815