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Nelson Soken, PhD

CEO, N.H. Soken Consulting; Author of "Lead the Pack: Sparking
Innovation That Drives Customers Wild"



This workshop is being held in conjunction with the dmi:Manhattan Beach Symposium.






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Strategic Thinking™ Workshop
Part of the dmi: Manhattan Beach Symposium

Dynamic, innovative organizations require leaders at all levels who can think critically, anticipate issues, solve problems, and make decisions based on new and emerging information while keeping the long-term vision in mind. Change is a constant and leaders can no longer afford the luxury of treating strategic thinking as part of an occasional event — it must become part of their daily practice.

Using a variety of tools, Strategic Thinking™ will help you develop your thinking about an important challenge or opportunity in your own organization. You will become more aware of any biases or assumptions that stand in the way of achieving results. You will identify and apply systems thinking, critical thinking, and creative thinking in the context of Strategic Thinking to a problem or opportunity you currently face. You will plan for including and influencing stakeholders in making and implementing critical decisions. Using approaches developed in several areas of study, you will become a more future-focused leader.

Objectives and Outcomes

As a participant, you will be able to:

  • Define strategic, systems, creative, and critical thinking
  • Identify aspects of strategic thinking you currently use and those you under-use
  • Identify organizational and individual barriers to strategic thinking
  • Identify current issues that require strategic thinking
  • Ask questions that stimulate strategic thinking in oneself and others
  • Apply strategic thinking tools to an important current issue
  • Develop approaches to help stakeholders think and act strategically
  • Identify other thinking tools to be learned in the future.

Who Should Participate?

Leaders, managers, team members, and individual contributors whose work has an impact on the future of the organization.

Do These Sound Familiar?
 “How can I get more support for my ideas and initiatives?”
 “I have to work cross-functionally, and I don’t have the authority to get others to take action.”
 “People here have a lot of ideas—I wish we could find and support the ones that might create real value.”
 “How can we spend less time fighting fires and more time on important future-focused initiatives?”
 “How can I negotiate in a way that both gets results and sustains my relationships?”
 “How do I lead and inspire a team when we’re working remotely?”




December 6th: Evening
Optional dmi:NightOut at Pip Tompkins ($20 fee applies)

December 7th: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Coffee and Check-in
Attend keynote address of the dmi:Symposium
Strategic Thinking Workshop

Closing Panel


Workshop fee, per person:
Members: $800

Non-Members: $1000
Special Offer: Individual Registration + DMI Membership $1200 USD per person



Register for The Workshop Here



Please contact dmi at or 617-338-6380 to learn more and signup.



Manhattan Beach, CA
Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures

1240 Rosecrans Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


About Our Facilitator:

Nelson Soken Dr. Nelson Soken is CEO of N.H. Soken Consulting and has consulted with the Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, PARC, and Adventium Labs. He has also held leadership, managerial, design, and technical roles at Medtronic, Baxter Healthcare, and Honeywell International. He is also an Executive Associate, consultant, trainer, and thought leader with Barnes & Conti and has conducted training programs across the US, Europe, and Canada for Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Honeywell, Citi Bank, New York Life Insurance, Yahoo, TI, Medtronic, and the Haas Business School at UC Berkeley in innovation, strategic thinking, intelligent risk-taking, and influence. Dr. Soken has co-authored a book on the psychology of innovation titled Lead the Pack: Sparking Innovation That Drives Customers Wild. Read Dr. Soken's most recent article for the dmi:Review "Creating Design Value Through Understanding Human Cognition and Behavior".  



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