PDS289 From Blue Sky to Blue Print: How to Keep Your Head in the Clouds and Your Feet on the Ground

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Program Description/Overview

How do we balance the need to plan for the future and deal with day-to-day priorities, problems, issues and crises of the current moment? This course will provide supervisors and managers with definitions, tools, and processes that will help keep priorities in line. With a special focus on strategic thinking, problem solving, and time management, the course will integrate long-term planning with day-to-day operations.

Course Materials

Electronic MaterialsAll course materials will be provided electronically. Registered students will receive access instructions in their enrollment reminder emails prior to class.


Key Topics:

  • Defining strategic agility, priority-setting, and time management
  • Assessing skilled, unskilled, and overuse of specific behaviors that define success in each of these areas
  • Providing a framework to differentiate various time dimensions and priorities
  • Identifying a five-step problem-solving method to use with any problem or issue
  • Overview of specific tools to use to connect mission, strategy, and logistics


  • A clear definition of mission, strategy, tactics, and logistics
  • An assessment of individual strengths and development areas that help and hinder supervisors and managers in keeping future focused and currently productive
  • A model for understanding the various skills in managing priorities and making the transition from strategy to tactics to logistics
  • Better understanding of the key steps in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making
  • A toolkit and references for other tools for long-term planning and short-term operations

Advisory Board

Course curriculum is developed in consultation with our Professional Development Advisory Board of subject matter experts, faculty, and industry practitioners. Click here to view the members of our Professional Development Advisory Board.

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  PDS289 - 001 From Blue Sky to Blue Print: How to Keep Your Head in the Clouds and Your Feet on the Ground  
  Programs FY15   Status  Available
Section Schedule:
  20 May 2015
Click Here for Times - Sessions: 1
Contact Hours: 7.25
Course Fees:
  Registration Fee non-credit    $250.00
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  0.72 CEUs
Campus:   UNC Charlotte Center City Campus
Delivery Options:   Classroom
Instructors:   Frank Joseph
Section Notes:   Accountants. This program is approved for 8 CPE credits. Program Level: Basic. Requisite Knowledge: None. Advanced Preparation: None. NASBA Subject Area: Business Management & Organization . Teaching Method: Group-Live.
Receipt Note(s):  Course Materials: All course materials will be provided electronically. Registered students will receive access instructions in their enrollment reminder emails prior to class.  
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