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Types of Strategic Thinking - Chapter Summary
While completing the lessons in this chapter, your staff will receive a thorough explanation of several forms of thinking to help in problem solving and extended planning. Each form is described and supported with examples. The methods of strategic thinking explained here include:
- Critical thinking
- Divergent thinking
- Convergent thinking
- Logical thinking
- Practical thinking
Our video lessons are extraordinarily versatile, making them a great fit for both individual training on an as-needed basis and for group training or team-building events. The lesson transcripts make for great support materials, and you can use the chapter test to check their understanding after your team complete the lessons.
How It Helps
- Deepens analysis: Using the tools described here, your team will be able to apply deliberate thought processes to business problems, resulting in more comprehensive situation analysis and effective solutions.
- Short-circuits bias: Your staff will learn to recognize their own restrictive thinking and avoid pitfalls which prevent an empirical, objective approach to problem solving.
- Encourages innovation: As your management and other staff apply these strategic thinking principles they will come up with fresh ideas to increase productivity and explore new market solutions to consumer problems.
By the end of this chapter, employees will be able to:
- Explain critical thinking and apply it to everyday problems
- Define convergent and divergent thinking and contrast the two
- Employ the processes of logical and practical thinking to their deliberations
1. What is Critical Thinking? - Definition, Skills & Meaning
Critical thinking is a term that we hear a lot, but many people don't really stop to think about what it means or how to use it. This lesson will tell you exactly what it means and make you realize that the average person largely ignores critical thinking.
2. Divergent Thinking: Definition & Examples
Did you know that Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison are both famous divergent thinkers? Learn about divergent thinking, how it differs from convergent thinking, and more.
3. Convergent Thinking: Definition & Examples
Convergent thinking is a term used to describe the process of finding a single best solution to a problem. Learn about convergent thinking, how it differs from divergent thinking, and more.
4. Logical Thinking: Definition & Process
Logical thinking is a process of clearly moving from one related thought to another. In this lesson, you will examine the definition and process of logical thinking, and then you'll get to test your knowledge with a quiz.
5. Practical Thinking: Definition & Examples
Practical thinking involves adapting to your environment. In this lesson, learn more about what practical thinking means as well as look at some real-world examples.
6. Practical Application: Implementing Strategic Thinking in the Workplace
Success in the workplace often depends upon strategic thinking. But how does this actually work? In this scenario, you'll be asked to think about the types of strategic thinking and how they might apply to real-world business situations.
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