Strategic Thinking Skills

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Do you want to get more done in less time?  Do you want to reduce the number of "fires"  you put out and spend more time being proactive?  Strategic Thinking is a powerful practice that can improve your effectiveness and productivity in your current position, as well as help you build your future career and leadership skills. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to strategic thinking for those at any level in an organization.

Strategic thinking involves long term planning, determining priorities, and identifying potential risks and opportunities. The terms strategy and tactics are often confused: tactics are the means used to accomplish an objective, while strategy is the overall plan. Those working in life science industry are often trained and rewarded for getting things done – highly focused on the tactical aspects.  However, strategic thinking can improve your value to the organization by focusing your efforts on long-term impact, in addition to short-range implementation. In addition, strategic thinking becomes increasingly important in the higher levels of an organization.

This course is designed for those who want to be able to move beyond day-to-day, reactionary thinking to a more long-term and future-focused perspective.

The interactive format enables participants to learn the theory and fundamentals of strategic thinking, and gain tools and practice to implement these skills now.

 Participants will leave the workshop with:

  • Ability to differentiate between tactical and strategic approaches
  • Deeper understanding of strategy in life science industry
  • Skills for better decision making and problem solving
  • Improved leadership skills
  • Techniques for strategic planning

About the Instructor:  Gwen Acton, PhD, is an expert on strategic leadership at the intersection of science and business. She is CEO of Vivo Group, of Vivo Group, a firm that improves the leadership and influence skills of technical experts so they can be more productive and innovative in industry. Prior to this, she served as Director of Scientific Development at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, where she ran the operations of the Functional Genomics Program, a $40 million, 50-person academic-industry collaborative research program.  Dr. Acton has a doctorate in biology from M.I.T., and served as a faculty member at Harvard University in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. She is the author of the book "The Bluffer’s Guide to Genetics," a humorous guide to DNA published by Oval Books, and the former president of Women Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (WEST). Dr. Acton is a popular speaker, workshop presenter, and facilitator.


  • $495 for Member Rate
  • $645 for Non-Member Rate
  • $400 for Non-Profit Member Rate
  • $400 for Early Bird Member Registration Discount until 6/1/2014


Wednesday September 30, 2015
9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Corporate Professional Development


MassBio Offices
300 Technology Square, 8th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

Level of Knowledge

Beginner to Intermediate in supervisory role