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Strategic thinking involves several different components. These components include:

1. Anticipation – the ability and use of peripheral vision, the ability to think three or more moves ahead

2. Challenge – the act of questioning, reframing, digging into the roots of a matter

3. Interpret – being able to figure out patterns from multiple data sources

4. Decide – the act of taking a stand, balancing speed and quality in making a determination

5. Align – get all interested parties, all stakeholders with their divergent views to come together

6. Learn – the ability to use failures and successes as resources, debrief and adjust thinking action to match changing circumstances

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The 6 Elements of Strategic Thinking — 32 Comments

  1. very true. having a plan makes problems seem easier to solve for me

  2. Ashley M on said:

    Very true. It’s so important to think about the entire process.

  3. Krissy Higgins on said:

    Great list, thanks for the advice!

  4. MommyPowers! on said:

    Thanks for these- great info.

  5. Amanda Her on said:

    I never thought of strategic thinking being a 6 step process. Thanks for the enlightenment!

  6. Melissa Vaughn Coleman on said:

    I need to remember these 6 more often.

  7. So important to be able to readjust along the way! Being organized helps the process.

  8. Joanna Sormunen on said:

    This is very true! An organized mind gets everything done better.

  9. Christie on said:

    Challenge is tough for me. Hard not to conform. Thanks for the thoughts

  10. mail4rosey on said:

    Anticipation can be a good motivator too. If you have a pretty good idea of what’s going to happen due to your actions, you’re likely to move in and do the ones likely to create the most positive outcome.

  11. Keikilani Jackson on said:

    Good list. I agree that thinking about a problem is not enough. You need follow through and a plan.

  12. SippyCupMom on said:

    Great tips! I think I have the anticipation, just not the follow through.

  13. savoryexperiments on said:

    All great tips! This is something I teach to my patients as a psychotherapist. Things can seem so overwhelming, but breaking them into pieces can make it more manageable.

  14. Chrysa Duran on said:

    Those are some good tips. Problems are easier to handle when you have a method of tackling them.

  15. I really need to work on thinking ahead. That’s my biggest struggle of the 6.

  16. Jenn @ The Rebel Chick on said:

    These are terrific tips for issues that require some more in depth thought.

  17. It’s very important that people learn from not only their successes, but also their failures.

  18. I need to be better about deciding things… and then stick to it. This is a good breakdown of the elements of strategic thinking.

  19. This is a great break down! I normally fail to LEARN and end up going through the other “steps” again!

  20. jaimemckee on said:

    I try to anticipate more, but I don’t do it enough. All of these are great things to consider as I plan certain events for my job (and I consider which events to change or even discontinue.)

  21. Robin Rue on said:

    I think anticipation is a skill that not everyone has. I do try to anticipate when I can, though – it definitely helps in certain situations.

  22. Dina Demarest on said:

    I take a long time to think on things. I don’t make snap decisions. It drives my dh crazy.

  23. Veronica Solomon on said:

    I am kind of impulsive with decisions at times. That’s because I am in tuned with my heart. They are often good decisions. Sometimes my thinking is strategic though, but that takes too long :-)

  24. Anticipation can cause a roadblock for many people, I know I can get hung up on this part of the process.

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