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GPO Presents CEO in 10 with Dr. Julie Sloan- Strategic Thinkers

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The absence of strategic thinkers is a resounding cry that is echoed around the globe by senior leaders in business, military and government. Yet Julia Sloan suggests that most leaders are entrapped in an outdated, industrial-age mindset when it comes to the approach they use for developing strategic thinkers—one that is devoid of an imaginative edge and clueless about how people learn to think strategically.

Learning to Think Strategically is based on research that draws upon real-life lessons learned by global business strategists and the application of those lessons for corporate, government, etc.

Julia Sloan is Principal of Sloan International Inc., a New York-based firm specializing in strategic thinking 1.    Your book is entitled “Learning to Think Strategically.” What inspired your book?2.    Based on your research findings, how do successful strategists learn to think strategically? 3.    In your book, you discuss the difference between strategic thinking and strategic planning. Why is this differentiation important? 4.    Was there anything that was especially surprising as you worked on the content of the book?5.    What’s true and false about the role of culture on strategic thinking? 6.    What is the ‘rational rut’ we’ve got ourselves into and how to get out of it? 7.    How difficult is it to improve your strategic thinking? 8.    How does asking a question instead of saying ‘No’ help develop strategic thinking? 9.    What is the best advice you have ever received?

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