Leadership and Management

Build Your Strategy

The 5-D Strategy Process

Instructor: Chris Kolenda
Offered in partnership with the Kolenda Strategic Leaders Academy

Who Is This Course For?

The strategy you had last year isn’t adequate today. Many of the forecasts and assumptions under which you operated are no longer valid. Your organization survived, which means you’ve made excellent decisions, built relationships, and delivered products or services that people need. Now it’s time to reassess the environment and make the course corrections necessary not only to succeed but to thrive. Now is the time to modify your strategy.

This course is for the leaders of any organization ready to craft a new strategy to adapt to new realities.

For many organizations, hiring a consultant for $70,000 or more is out of the question. Fortunately, you don’t have to shell out that kind of money. Chris Kolenda has put his process for developing and implementing a new strategy into a mastery program so that you can build a winning strategy and business plan at a fraction of the cost. The course videos detail each step of the process in clear, simple terms so that you know what you need to do.

The assignments equip you with formats and examples, so you get moving in the right direction, right away.

Two Course Options

There are two options so that you can choose the best fit for you:

  • Do it yourself with a self-paced course following Chris Kolenda’s step-by-step process for $950
  • Get one-one-one access to Chris over 8 weeks to answer your questions, remove roadblocks, and provide advice and counsel that shortens your path to success for $4500

Build a Winning Strategy and Business Plan

This course will help you:

  • Build your strategy
  • Create a business plan
  • Develop a process to govern your strategy so that you measure impact, manage risk, seize opportunities, and adapt quickly. 

What People Are Saying About This Course

“We needed a new strategy and approach; past suicide prevention approaches have not been working – rates continued to rise. We needed new approach and fresh ideas. Chris got us to think differently and to prioritize and focus. This has energized the organization and our membership. Conference proposals have increased by 33% and we are already $100k ahead in revenues from last year.”

Colleen Creighton, Executive Director, American Association of Suicidology

“We faced major problems. Revenues were in free-fall. Employees were pulling in different directions. There was little integration and no progress. Thanks to Chris’s support our management and governance are highly integrated. We now have very high degrees of engagement, accountability, and ownership. His experience, knowledge, and sensitivity led to a strategy that created $2 million annually in new revenues.”

Jim Thaden, Executive Director, Central Asia Institute

“As an entrepreneur for 45 years, I’ve never seen these issues presented with such clarity — not abstract theory — but practical approaches to complex problems. The real-world stories and case studies brought the ideas to life: very engaging and actionable.”

Don Hutcheson, Creator and Host, “Discover Your Talent — Do What You Love”

What You'll Get

Video Content


One-on-One Support

1-on-1 Support
with Coaching Option

Action Steps

Assignments &
Action Steps

Course Content

Smart Start

  • Introduction to SLA’s 5-D Process

Module #1 – Diagnose your situation

  • Diagnosis
  • Diagnosis Assignment
  • Sample Diagnosis Document
  • Diagnosis Slide Deck

Module #2 – Define your Vision, Mission, Goals, and Values

  • Define – Introduction Video
  • Mission Video and assignment
  • Goals Video and assignment
  • Values Video and assignment
  • Define – Slide Deck

Module #3 – Develop Your Options for Success

  • Develop – Introduction Video
  • Develop – Courses of Action Video
  • Grow (Sample Course of Action)
  • Course of Action Assignment 1
  • Course of Action Assignment 2
  • Course of Action Assignment 3
  • Develop – Slide Deck

Module #4 – Decide Which Option is Best for You

  • Decide – Introduction Video
  • Decide – Comparison Matrix Assignment
  • Decide – Slide Deck

Module #5 – Determine Your Measures of Success and How You Manage Risk

  • Determine – Introduction Video
  • Map Goals and Objectives
  • Write Your Pre-Mortem
  • Risk Assessment Video and Assignment
  • Finalize Your Strategy
  • Determine – Slide Deck

Module #6 – Write Your Implementation Plan

  • Strategy and Implementation Plan Video and Assignment
  • Implementation Plan – Slide Deck

Module #7 – Governing Your Strategy

  • Governing Your Strategy – Video

Meet Your Instructor

Chris Kolenda

Founder of the Strategic Leaders Academy, Chris helps small business founders and CEOs who want to lead as their best selves and build a winning team. He operates at the intersection of leadership, culture, and strategy to help businesses grow sustainably. Chris provides the right support to do the right things the right way and avoid blind spots. His clients have grown by over $25 million and counting.

Chris is a West Point graduate, internationally renowned combat leader, retired Army Colonel, business leader, and author of Leadership: The Warrior’s Art — which has sold over 50,000 copies. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, SKY News, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. His battlefield leadership has been featured in several books, including Jake Tapper’s bestseller The Outpost.

Chris Kolenda

Try a Sample Lecture

​The Difference Between a Strategy and a Plan

This lecture is part of Proficiency1’s course Build Your Strategy: The 5-D Strategy Process by Chris Kolenda.