Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership

A powerful online learning experience for organizational leaders

Our companies, our communities, and our planet are facing unprecedented challenges – challenges that will not be solved by a small group of people from a single entity. Today’s leaders need a new management mindset designed to harness the power of collaborative networks. These networks span the boundaries that are holding us back: organizational boundaries, political boundaries, disciplinary boundaries, and ideological boundaries. 

The boundary-spanning solutions to address our most complex problems will not emerge from, traditional management practices. We need a new way of thinking, a new way of behaving, and a new way of doing. 

This course introduces you to the dynamic disciplines of agile strategy and collaborative leadership. It provides you with practical management approaches to help your teams and organizations become far more productive as they address increasingly complex challenges. You’ll learn how to design and guide complex collaborations by following a discipline of simple rules. With these rules in mind, you can form complex collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes, and make adjustments along the way. 

This course content is based on Strategic Doing, a field-tested approach incubated at Purdue University. These same tools and insights have been taught to leaders in industry, government, nonprofit, and higher education in all 50 United States and over 140 different countries.

The Skills and Competencies You Will Gain

By successfully completing this course you will advance your competency to master the following ten sets of skills.

  1. Articulate what collaboration is, why it is essential for agile and how it is different than teamwork.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of why collaboration is especially important in agile leadership and in addressing complex technical and social challenges.
  3. Create and maintain a safe space for deep focused strategic conversations.
  4. Frame strategic conversations with the right question.
  5. Identify strategic assets, even “hidden” ones.
  6. Link, leverage, and aligning assets to identify new strategic opportunities.
  7. Identify and prioritize the “Big Easy,” the strategic opportunities that will have a big impact but be relatively easy to execute.
  8. Convert ideas into strategic outcomes with measurable characteristics 
  9. Put into practice the concept of “starting slow to go fast.”
  10. Draft series of short-term strategic action plans and gain ongoing strategic commitments from others.
  11. Set and lead “30/30 Meetings” to review, learn, and adjust.
  12. Effectively nudge, connect, and promote to reinforce new habits of strategic agility.

What Other Organizational Leaders Say About this High-Value Content

The convergence of the physical and digital worlds…presents unprecedented opportunity for the creation of transformational value…For organizations to take full advantage of the opportunities this convergence presents, they will need leaders with the skills and insights taught in this course. Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership would be a valuable course for anyone hoping to help their companies and organizations chart a pathway forward.

Donald Cooper | Vice President
PTC Global Rockwell Alliance GTM

Applying deep underpinnings in social science research, lean/agile experimentation, and refinement through rigorous practice. The skills and insights taught in this course provide a framework to define and execute strategy for our time. This is for anyone who hopes to tackle “big hairy audacious” problems with effective, complex collaboration. Amazing and exciting learning that unlocks our human potential to grow and prosper!

Patricia Sheehan | Agile Transformation Lead and Coach 
AstraZeneca Agile Centre of Excellence

As someone who leads a complex organization, I am always looking for new approaches to how I work. Learning to be proactive and truly collaborative is what you can gain from this course. These skills are not just for the workplace; but can easily be applied to all areas of life that involve people coming together for a common goal. These are simple and well-supported skills that anyone can employ in their work and life to make a tangible difference.

Stephen Jennings | Senior Vice President & Executive Director 
Rady Children’s Hospital | Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation

I’ve been fortunate to have success in my career but sometimes struggled to describe how I achieved that success. I was attracted to the content in this course because it provided a structure to which I could look back and chart my successes…I encourage others to learn these principles and start applying them right away. It will take patience, practice, and persistence; but as you develop these experiences you will be amazed by your own personal growth and the growth around you.

Brad Beach | Senior Project Engineer
Evonik Corporation

Readings and Course Instructor

The readings for this course will come from Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership, a #1 New Release on Amazon in six different categories: Business Management, Strategic Business Management, Strategic Business Planning, Systems & Planning, Strategy & Competition, and Project Management. 

Scott Hutcheson, PhD is the designer and lead instructor for this course. Scott is one of the book’s so-author and a faculty member in the School of Engineering Technology in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. Scott has extensive experience outside the classroom, working with over 500 companies and organizations from industry, the public sector, higher education, and NGOs from across the U.S. and internationally. He has advised the White House, Department of Commerce, National Science Foundation, USDA, and other federal agencies in the design and execution of strategies to help manage complex grand challenges related to economic growth, innovation, and public health. 

He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at Purdue. He often serves as a visiting faculty member at other universities, both in the U.S. and abroad. Scott designs and delivers courses and learning experiences that have a global reach. He’s taught thousands of learners from over 140 countries. You can learn more about Dr. Hutcheson here.

Course at a Glance

  • 5 weeks, 3-4 hours of work per week
  • Completely online
  • Instructor led
  • Asynchronous learning
  • Earn a certificate of completion from Purdue University


Although this course is designed to be of value to organizational leaders from any industry or sector, it can also be customized for specific audiences. If you re interested in learning more about customization of this course, connect with us.