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Strategic Doing: Leading Complex Collaborations (online)

May 10 @ 9:30 am - May 24 @ 1:30 pm


This training is being postponed. New dates TBD. If you would like to be notified when it gets rescheduled please contact Scott Hutcheson at hutcheson@purdue.edu.

Co-Sponsored by Purdue University and University of Minnesota Extension

8:30am-12:30pm CDT/9:30-1:30 EDT each day

Virtual via Zoom


Let’s face it. Change, innovation, and strategic transformation in organizations and communities is hard, really hard. Harder, it seems than it used to be. Why? Today, organizations look and function much differently than they did in the past. Hierarchies have been flattened, knowledge is widely distributed, and both technology and markets are highly dynamic. Communities have never behaved like organizations. No wonder traditional tools like strategic planning don’t fit very well! In many instances we are trying to use tools and frameworks that were just not built for the complex challenges leaders are facing.


About Strategic Doing

Enter Strategic Doing – a disciplined approach for navigating change, innovation, and strategic transformation specifically designed for today’s complex challenges. Incubated at Purdue University, Strategic Doing is now used by leaders all over the world. Strategic Doing enables people to form action-oriented collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes, and make adjustments along the way.

Purdue University and University of Minnesota Extension are excited to be offering this upcoming training, Strategic Doing: Leading Complex Collaborations.  We’ve been delivering this course in face-to-face workshops for years but like many COVID-19 has prompted us to innovate with online delivery.

Here’s what you can expect to learn from this training

  • How to use the 10 Skills of Agile Leadership to help your organization or community be more innovative, adaptive, and competitive.
  • How to use Strategic Doing as an “operating system” for change, innovation, and strategic transformation.
  • How to design your own strategy process, without the need for high-priced consultants


About the Course

This training involves 20 hours of instruction. The traditional program is delivered over the course of 2.5-days. The online version is done via Zoom in five half days spread out over two to three weeks. Each participant receives valuable resources to support their learning and practice. This includes a copy of Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership (Wiley, 2019) which debuted as a #1 New Release in six different Amazon categories: Business Management, Strategy and Competitiveness, Strategic Business Management, Business Strategy, Project Management, and Systems and Planning. It also appeared on several lists as a Best Business Book of 2019.

Participants also receive the Strategic Doing Practitioners’ Field Guide and the Strategic Doing Trail Map. Both of these items are invaluable tools to support the practice of the discipline. Participants also gain access to the online Practitioners’ Resource Library with additional tools, templates, and other resources. Upon completing of the practitioner training, individuals have everything they need to begin using Strategic Doing right away.

After completing the course, participants are eligible to pursue certification by participating in a “practicum” course. This optional certification course is offered at no additional cost. In the course, those who have completed the practitioner training apply what they’ve learned by conducting a Strategic Doing project with the support of a mentor and cohort of peers. This 10-week certification course is offered ~3 times/year, and participants in this course can enroll in any offering that starts within a year of completing the masterclass. Space is limited. The commitment of time for the certification practicum is an average of two hours per week, over the ten weeks.


Your Instructors

This Strategic Doing training is taught by Purdue faculty member Dr. Scott Hutcheson. Scott co-developed the Strategic Doing training with his colleagues Ed Morrison, Peggy Hosea, and Liz Nilsen. Scott is also co-author of the Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership and the Strategic Doing Field Guide. Scott is the most experienced Strategic Doing instructor on the planet! He’s taught the discipline to thousands of learners from over 140 different countries. He’s been teaching since 1989 and he’s currently professor of organizational leadership at Purdue University. Scott is also a Strategic Doing practitioner and has used the discipline in large and small organizations and communities all over the world. Scott not only teaches the principles; but draws on his extensive experience to share real-world applications. Scott will serve as the lead instructor for this course.


Joining Scott will be one of the University of Minnesota Extension’s own, Jennifer Hawkins, Community Economics Educator for Southeast Minnesota. Jennifer works regularly with communities on questions of economic and community development.  Prior to joining Extension, she held economic development roles at regional and state levels. Jennifer recently completed this training and is now incorporating Strategic Doing into her work. Jennifer has this to say about Strategic Doing, “The Strategic Doing model offers leaders an accessible and adaptable framework for unlocking attainable solutions for community defined opportunities.”


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May 10 @ 9:30 am
May 24 @ 1:30 pm


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