The expression “Failing to plan is planning to fail” could not be closer to the truth. Many organizations think that in today’s global retail market of “bricks and clicks,” they can convey a compelling message on the fly. Without a strategy for future growth, a business (or an individual) is lost in a sea of options without a compass or a map. This course provides the business and individual with a variety of effective courses of action for strategically positioning oneself for present challenges, as well as for future development and success. The course will focus on the three basic phases of strategic planning; analysis/assessment, strategy formulation, and strategy execution. You will learn a variety of strategic thinking practices instrumental to effective strategic planning. Finally, you will identify and set goals and objectives.
In this course, you will gain:
• A clear understanding of how strategic planning can give a business or individual direction and momentum
• A variety of tools for developing effective strategies for individual and/or business development
• The ability to craft powerful strategies appropriate for a wide range of needs and circumstances
• An understanding of how setting realistic goals and determining the best path to achieving those goals leads to unqualified success
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbook and Materials
All materials are supplied within the online course.
Jim LoPresti, Ph.D., PCC, Founder, CohereUs Consulting Int'l
Jim LoPresti, Ph.D., has worked in both corporate and academic worlds, blending practice and theory, for over thirty five years. He brings proven expertise to his clients in executive coaching, negotiation skills/conflict resolution, leadership through story-telling, resilience and stress management, team building, senior management alignment, introducing and leveraging change, and cultural transformation. With a strong foundation in emotional/social intelligence, he successfully incorporates right and left brain methodologies and neuroplasticity into highly analytical business environments to help inspire “big picture” perspectives.
LoPresti has worked with a broad range of audiences, such as “C” suite executive leaders, senior and middle managers, front line workers, and executive MBA and undergraduate students. Some of the industries where LoPresti has employed his consulting and facilitation skills include large multinational and medium size corporations, private equity firms, academia, information technology, construction, pharmaceuticals and health care, and government. Some of Jim’s clients include: Comcast, Johns-Manville, Century-Link, RJ Reynolds, Sanofi/Adventis Int’l, SAP, UCAR, Oracle, Colorado Dept. of Higher Education, and the National Science Foundation.
LoPresti holds a doctorate in literature from the University of Denver and is a certified professional coach through the International Coach Federation. He was a major contributor to both the first and second editions of Management: A Focus on Leadership by Annie McKee for Pearson/Prentice Hall. Currently, he is a senior instructor at the Business School of the University of Colorado Denver, as well as an independent management/leadership consultant.