Alumni Feedback

Kathy Black

"SMPS program gave me the knowledge and background to feel confident in promoting learned concepts at my organization. I recommend it to anyone in a strategic planning role who must think about strategy and executing strategy."

Director, Office of Strategic Planning at American Association for the Advancement of Science

Lisa Price

“I'm thoroughly enjoying this course.  It's definitely the best strategic planning course I've taken over the years.  Wish I'd known about it several years ago!”

Executive Director
Office of Strategy, Planning and Performance
Prince George’s County School System

Linnea Musselman

“This course is applicable for anyone within the professional world who wants to gain a better understanding of strategic thinking.”

Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. James Stewart

“I personally like a straightforward, logical, hence teachable approach to strategic management, which this course well provided.”

Collegiate Professor
University of Maryland University College

Mastering Strategy: Strategic Management Performance System Certification

Strategy Management Performance System Certification Program

The Mastering Stategy: Strategic Management Performance System (SMPS) Certification is an intensive, hands-on Continuing Professional Education program designed for professionals who are looking to build their competencies and skill sets in leadership and management of strategy formulation, implementation, evaluation and control. Skilled strategic planning and management professionals establish and direct disciplined approaches to planning and execution that fit their organization by being practical, sustainable and cost effective.

The Mastering Strategy program covers the entire strategic planning and management cycle, equipping you with the skills you need to help your organization to succeed by: 
  • Imparting the full strategy management process into your everyday decisions 
  • Learning effective strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation practices 
  • Learning how to lead strategic planning efforts 
  • Bridging the gap between planning and execution principles and practical tools to guide agile planning and decision making 
  • Preparing you for International Association for Strategy Professionals (IASP) certification (if applicable)
As a founding member and Registered Education Provider for the International Association for Strategy Professionals (IASP), we stay at the forefront of strategy education, training, professional certification, and consultation services. 

For more about the program, please visit LBL Strategies' website and download the brochure here

Professional Development Units: Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive certification through George Washington University (CEPL) in the Strategic Management Performance System

NOTE: The program does not offer academic credits from GW.

SMPS Wheel

Mastering Strategy Training Program

This version of Mastering Strategy is held in two-hour sessions over ten consecutive weeks. 

Date: September 13-November 15, 2022

Time: Every Tuesday 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m EST 

Venue: Online Live via Zoom

Tuition Price: $2895

Textbook: $65 (required)

This program is open to professionals from ALL sectors 

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This live, two-week program, geared toward healthcare leaders, will apply the Strategic Management Performance System, along with the Baldrige Framework in session one, to the myriad issues in healthcare today.


Week 1: October 17-21, 2022

Week 2: October 24-28, 2022 

Time:10 half-day sessions from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. EST

Venue: Online Live via Zoom 

Tuition Price: $4995 (Discounts available for groups of 4+)

Program is open to the first 25 enrollments. Those who enroll before September 19 will receive an automatic 5% "Early Bird" discount.


This version of Mastering Strategy allows participants to register at any time and proceed through the Mastering Strategy program at their convenience with a suite highly interactive, on-demand training modules. 

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All three iterations of Mastering Strategy are recognized by the International Association for Strategy Professionals as IASP exam preparation courses (both SPP & SMP)



Doug Maris M.A. M.DIV SMP

Vice President of Operations 

Senior Strategy Consultant 

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 217-737-3731


Kateryna Pyatybratova, MBA/MA/PMP

Director, Marketing and Business Development 

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 202-994-5309 (Direct)

202-817-9176 (Cell)