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Strategic Thinking (Virtual Classroom)

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

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  • Jan 19-19th, 2022


    List $395
    Member $395
  • Apr 20-20th, 2022


    List $395
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Course Schedule: This course runs from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 2:00 PM  to 6:00 PM Eastern, wtth breaks scheduled throughout.

Engineers and engineering professionals can use strategic thinking to home 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 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

This ASME Virtual Classroom course is held live with an instructor on our online learning platform.
Certificate of completion will be issued to registrants who successfully attend and complete the course.

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About the Instructor

Gary Dichtenberg is the president of Professional Development Associates, a training and development consulting firm, dedicated to assist organizations and individuals achieve their highest level of performance excellence.

The vast majority of workshops and consulting services has occurred at companies such as MassMutual, Delta Air Lines, Lucent Technologies, and Pfizer. Gary founded Professional Development Associates in 1988 after serving as vice president of training and development for Citicorp. Prior to his work at Citicorp he served as manager of management development at Consolidated Edison where he directed a broad developmental strategy that contributed to a fundamental change in the business.

Gary's expertise in persuasion and communication skills is enhanced by his broad experience in assisting companies improve their managerial excellence. He is a member of the commercial panel of the American Arbitration Association, the Network of Organizational Development practitioners and the American Society for Training and Development. Gary holds a B.A. degree in history from Hofstra University. He holds an M.S. in organizational psychology from Columbia University and an M.S.W. from Yeshiva University.


Module 1 – Distinction between strategic and tactical thinking

  • The paradigm effect on idea creation and implementation
  • Paradigm shift and key questions
  • How to avoid solving the wrong problem precisely
  • The power of group think and how to identify it

Module 2 – Identification of one’s thinking style

  • How thinking style can affect one’s approach to problems
  • Identification of one’s own thinking style
  • Improve team effectiveness through implementation of diverse thinking styles

Module 3 – Key skills of a strategic thinker: developing a toolbox

  • The Socratic Method
  • Rational-emotional decision making
  • Force field analysis
  • SWOT
  • Criteria based decision making

Module 4 – Strategic Thinking as a management tool in facilitating change

  • Why change efforts fail and how to avoid failure

Module 5 – Strategic Thinking as a critical skill in selling one’s ideas

  • How to develop a powerful case to increase odds in selling your ideas
  • The difference between a decision-maker and a specifier
  • How to handle objections

Module 6 – Cooperation vs. Competition and the nature of risk

  • Exercise and application
  • Program evaluation and concluding ideas



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