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Strategic Thinking and Strategic Communication for Engineers

Develop a strategic mindset, approach challenges with innovation and employ strategic thinking and communication to add value to your organization.

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  • Orlando, FL, USA Oct 30-31st, 2024



Welcome Back!

The ability to interact with ASME instructors who bring real world experience, examples, and best practices to life in our learning experiences is a major reason learners choose face to face training. Networking with peers is also a valuable part of the time spent together during a course. We are excited to start offering these important courses again in person.

Schedule: ​This course commences at 8:30 AM and ends at 5:30 PM local time, each day, with breaks scheduled throughout. 

October Venue: This course will be held at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace in conjunction with ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code Week.  Please follow this link for hotel reservations.

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Engineers and engineering professionals can use strategic thinking and communication to hone in on the skills that allow them to work through unknown situations and ensure long-term personal and professional success. Strategic thinkers can distinguish between causation and correlation, emotion and intellect. They can apply proven methods to evaluate risk and determine the best choice for action.  

In this course you will be presented with both standard tools (e.g., SWOT) and innovative approaches to help develop your strategic mindset. You will learn how to discern fallacious reasoning traps as well as ways to counter them. In addition, you will practice using a powerful model to construct and deliver a winning argument.

By participating in this course, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Recognize opportunities to influence and create strategic alliances
  • Use strategic thinking to identify key strengths and weaknesses in your work group
  • Apply strategic models that can be used immediately
  • Develop persuasive skills to sell your strategic idea
  • Describe and apply strategic and tactical thinking, paradigms, risk, and judgment in all aspects of your work
  • Employ strategic thinking to add value to your organization
  • Identify one’s own thinking style and how to improve individual and group functioning
  • Explain how to apply the cost/benefit of risk

Who should attend?

This course is designed for engineering professionals and their managers, supervisors, and team leaders who need to improve their decision-making skills and enhance their strategic outlook. 

Course Materials (included in the purchase of course)

  • Digital course notes via ASME’s Learning Platform

A Certificate of Completion will be issued to registrants who successfully attend and complete the course.


Strategic Thinking overview and interactive discussion

  • The underlying attitude to facilitate strategic thinking
  • Establishing a strategic state of mind (with everything) 

Vision as a key ingredient in Strategic Thinking

  • Seeing is believing or believing is seeing
    • If you change the way you look at things; the things that you look at change

 The Big Picture Mindset

  • Identifying Biases
  • Overcoming the bias of emotional response
  • Considering the picture where you are “not alone in the room”
  • The Zoom-out Zoom-in methodology
  • White Space strategy - key question “What have you not thought about or considered that if you did would change your decision dramatically?” (in personal & collective endeavor).
    • Black Swan readiness

Taking decision-making to the next level - things you must consider before you make decisions

  • Yesterday is not your benchmark
  • Identify facts vs perception (yours)
  • Identifying cause & symptom
  • Separate facts from fiction
    • The FED model 

Strategic Communication

  • The 3 keys to clarity
  • Equating expectations strategy
    • Feedback strategy

Critical Thinking as Key Ingredient in Strategic Thinking

  • Reasons 
  • First Principle
    • Star system

The parameters of EQ (Emotional Intelligence) in Strategic Thinking

  • It’s all a people’s business
  • Determining the “intelligent emotion” that is needed
  • Humanizing your professionalism
    • Being a strategic change agent at changing times

Summary - Q&A, Dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s


Eli Harari

The Thinking Coach

Eli Harari has over 25 years of international experience in facilitating corporate executive seminars, teaching in educational institutions, and training government officials globally.

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Conducted in a physical classroom or lab with an instructor and peers.  

Note: ASME in-person activities will follow the state and local laws, regulations and guidelines regarding COVID-19 applicable to the location of the event.  Learn more here
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