Active and veteran military members can utilize LBL’s Strategic Management Performance System to earn Strategic Planning and Management professional certification and credentials from the International Association for Strategy Professionals

LBL Strategies is proud to be a Senior Corporate Partner of Army Strategist Association and the ONLY certified Veteran-Owned Small Business providing training to prepare for professional certification in strategy management. We
 are here to help you navigate the funding and application process for your specific branch, and obtain the requisite certifications, skills, knowledge, and experience you need to obtain your IASP credentials.

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Mastering Strategy: Strategic Management Performance System (SMPS)

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The Mastering Strategy: Strategic Management Performance System Certification Program (SMPS), is offered in association with George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, part of the College of Professional Studies and the Baldrige Foundation Institute for Performance Excellence.

Learners who successfully complete the program may earn a university certification from

George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, part of the College of Professional Studies, co-endorsed by The Baldrige Foundation Institute for Performance Excellence

Mastering Strategy is an intensive, hands-on Continuing Professional Education program for military members who are looking to obtain strategy management certification and credentials, by building their skill sets in the management of strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation.

This program equips you with the strategic planning skills you need to succeed by:

  • 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 the International Association for Strategy Professionals (IASP) certification
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Strategic Management Performance System Testimonials

"The Mastering Strategy course offered by LBL Strategies was a transformative journey that significantly enhanced my strategic thinking and planning abilities.

Since completing the course, I have noticed a significant improvement in my strategic planning and execution capabilities. I can now confidently navigate the intricacies of strategic management, and I am better equipped to make informed decisions that drive organizational success.

I strongly recommend the Mastering Strategy course by LBL Strategies to anyone seeking to enhance their strategic thinking and planning skills. It's not just a course. It's an investment in your professional growth. I guarantee that you will walk away with a wealth of knowledge and practical skills that can be immediately applied to all aspects of life."

Major Andrew Bibb
US Army

"Just received my certification as a Strategy Management Professional (SMP) from the International Association for Strategy Professionals (IASP). I have been working in strategy and strategy management for a long time. First with the Army and then in my second career. Glad that there is a process and a credential to delineate those who just say they are a "strategist" or that they do "strategy" and those that have actually dedicated themselves to the practice.

Special thanks to LBL Strategies for helping me through the process."

Jan K. Gleiman Ph.D
President, Army Strategist Association

"Often, our cumulative military experiences are well-understood within military circles, but when trying to relate ourplanning, strategy, and leadership skills to new employers, we face a translation wall, as strategy is frequently used to achieve a task or complete an operation. However, with shifting priorities, we often neglect the strategic management of our organizations which would apply a set of processes and competencies to specify goals, then develop and manage initiatives to attain these goals, and determine the long-run performance of an organization." 

U.S. Army

"The LBL course, Mastering Strategy, is a fantastic program that covers strategy development, strategic planning, and strategy implementation from start to finish. The team of instructors, namely Doug Maris and Robin Champ, are fantastic! Their depth of knowledge enables them to convey complex subjects in clear terms creating a true learning environment. This is a great course for those interested in the profession of strategy regardless of experience level or professional background. I highly encourage this course. "

LTC Robert L. Green

Army Strategist with 34 years in service

"The “Mastering Strategy” Strategic Management Performance System course provided me with both the theory and practice of what it takes to devise a coherent, executable strategy. As a member of the DoD, I see great value in applying this knowledge to shape the strategic direction of my organization and implement, execute, and assess both the long-term strategy and strategic operating plan. The course work, case studies, and templates all were very helpful in getting ready for the International Association for Strategy Professionals “Strategic Planning Professional” (SPP) certification process. Lastly, the professional cadre was very helpful and provided the individual attention to promptly answer every question I had about the content, and process, and contributed greatly to my success in the course."

Major Brett Butler
U.S. Army

“The GWU/LBL SMPS course was one of the best decisions I made! I learned several concepts and techniques that I have applied way before the course ended. I had many light bulb moments for some of the challenges I was trying to solve on my strategic management journey. Support throughout the course was phenomenal and addition of best practices and lessons learned added great value for me. Thank you!”

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Myrna Mckenzie
Senior Innovation Specialist
Wounded Warrior Project

“Encouraging participation across the groups to gain a broader perspective for my organization and applying the strategies to the realities of my organization.”

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Tom Conaway
Strategic Officer for Business Operations
U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

“Wow, this course exceeded my expectations and more. I’ve taken numerous strategy courses over my career, and this one is by far the most comprehensive of useful knowledge, skills, and tools that can be readily applied to the real world. The instructors are top notch, combining expertise, experience, and humor to make for an engaging class experience.”

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Cheryl Christopher
Strategic Advisor
U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

“The Mastering Strategy Program provided a comprehensive framework (Strategic Management Performance System) to think about strategy as a discipline starting with assessing the needs to strategy formulation, execution and performance management.”

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Naseem Saiyed
Deputy Director for Strategy

“The program was great! Very thorough the amount of material and the tools provided exceeded expectations.”

Tom Cavaness
Planning and Policy Specialist
American Battle Monuments Commission


 Boot Camp Program

This 5 day course provides in-depth interactions with instructors and peers. Includes handbook and a case study for breakout exercises. 

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Live Online Course

This 10-week online course provides access to live instructors, students and discussion forums. Includes e-copy toolkit and textbook. 

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Self-Paced Program

If you can’t attend our live course, we offer the same material, taught via e-learning modules that you can access and study at your own pace. 

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Simple Three-Step Course Registration Process

  • Step 1

    Decide which format (live online, boot camp or self-paced) is right for you and/or organization and request a quote for Credentialing Assistance.

    Request a Quote for Credentialing Assistance

  • Step 2

    Connect with your military branch and follow their process to request funding.

  • Step 3

    Once funding has been approved, contact LBL Strategies again to schedule your course.

    Contact LBL Strategies

Course Funding Options for Different Military Branches

For more information on funding options and available programs, select your military service portal below.

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Upcoming Events

Annual Conferences, Monthly Webinars, and Member only Meetings and Events.

Membership Programs

Connect with Strategic Thinking, Planning, and Action Professionals.

Networking Opportunities

Connect with Like Minded Strategic Thinkers from Diverse Environments and Experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Mastering Strategy SMPS Program


It is important to clarify the distinction between certifications.

Offered in partnership with the Baldrige Foundation: Institute for Performance Excellence - Certification in the Strategic Management Performance System framework requires successful completion of an LBL Strategies’ Mastering Strategy program and passing the final certification exam which is administered online. There is NO additional fee for this certification.

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