(PDF) Strategic Thinking Skills Course Guidebook

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Schwartz, Peter. The Art of the Long View. New York: Doubleday, 1996.

Scenario planning is essential for governments and businesses in the 21


century, a time when communication is almost instantaneous and the ability

to react rapidly to changing circumstances can be the key to survival.

Sloan, Julia. Learning to Think Strategically. Oxford: Elsevier, 2006. A

powerful volume that provides a brief history of strategic thought and

suggests ways to develop the critical attributes of strategic thinking. The

author’s classical/historical approach bring us into the strategic mainstream,

providing an essential didactic context, and then couples this historical

background with an explanation of how we actually learn about strategic

thinking, concluding with modern, practical techniques designed to improve

any person’s strategic thinking skill.

Spykman, Nicholas John. America’s Strategy in World Politics. New York:

Harcourt, Brace, 1942. This book, controversial and criticized when it

was published, called for a postwar American strategic security policy that

was based on cool calculation of national power afforded by geopolitical

considerations. A theorist in the realist tradition, Professor Spykman, a

professor of international politics at Yale University, was attacked as the

“American Haushofer” for this and the publication of his subsequent work,

The Geography of the Peace.

Stark, Rodney. God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades. New York:

HarperOne, 2009. A controversial history of the Crusades that focuses on

the military, technological, and cultural differences between the antagonists.

Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. New York: Penguin, 1954. Available

in several editions, this ancient classic still serves as the archetype for the

modern political theory of realism and, its proponents contend, evidence of

the unchanging character of human nature.

Tracy, Brian. Victory! Applying the Proven Principles of Military Strategy

to Achieve Greater Success in Your Business. New York: American

Management Association, 2007. The author is one of the most successful

self-help motivational leaders of the late 20


century, and his entry into

the “military lessons” genre, brimming with examples from both ancient


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