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Milon Gupta      

Expert for Strategic Thinking and Decision-Making

Milon Gupta is a leading European keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, who has created a unique concept for improving the strategic thinking and decision making of executives.

His approach is based on proven strategic insights from chess, the 1,500 year-old strategy game from India. As a chess master, he uses chess as a model for explaining how to make good strategic decisions under conditions of complexity and uncertainty.

For the first time, these insights have been made accessible and practically usable for corporate decision makers without advanced chess playing skills. Milon's keynotes and workshop presentations combine insights from a variety of fields, including cognitive psychology, game theory, decision theory, and cybernetics.

Milon is a FIDE Master of the global chess federation FIDE. His presentations are based on his 37 years of international chess experience and his over 20 years of experience in marketing at high-tech firms in the European engineering and telecommunications sector. His unique experience as a marketing manager and chess master enables him to translate the deep strategic concepts from chess into a language executives understand.

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What executives can learn from chess masters

Chess masters permanently make decisions under high time pressure in complex situations. Executives do the same. The only difference is that chess masters are better prepared for their job. Their mastery of uncertainty through the clever use of heuristics and razor-sharp thinking offers stunning insights for executives.

The art of strategic thinking

The bad news is that traditional strategic planning is bound to fail in most cases. Strategic plans are often either badly implemented or completely ignored by middle management. What is needed in the highly complex and dynamic business of today is a more flexible approach to strategic planning which is built on strategic thinking skills on all levels. Strategic thinking is an art which is both hard and rewarding to learn. Based on the analysis of recent management failures and successes, I reveal the secrets of successful strategic thinkers.

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