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Strategic Thinking and Interpretation — 57 Comments

  1. this is so true. I need to do more processing when I’m thinking on problems.

  2. I need to get better about strategic thinking. I’m always more worried about the drama.

  3. I heard great advice to have your ears really open as you just might hear your next big idea! Great tip to keep thinking and strategizing.

  4. It’s a little like thinking before you speak. We have to strategize! Really great tips!

  5. I have to really stop and strategize more. I usually grab an idea and work it all around with no thought to how or where it will go. Love this food for thought and making me want to do and think more.

  6. I really love this post. It made me think

  7. Even with the extra effort, it’s worth it for the outcome. I am super strategic and analytical.

  8. I’m a big “thinkg about my challenges” person instead of a reactor. Most of the time it works out well.

  9. I think it’s important to think hard over problems because there could be an easier solution than you think. Sometimes something seems daunting so you’d rather avoid it (which could make it worse eventually) but there could be a better solution than what you initially come up with.

  10. I do enjoy the anticipation phase of strategic thinking. It’s so important to look ahead! I need to work on some other areas, though.

  11. I think we forget how much strategic thinking we do throughout our normal days. Good reminder!

  12. This is good. I believe in thinking things out clearly. No matter if it is a goal or a purchase or a move… Anything! Strategic thinking is so crucial to making the right steps in your life.

  13. I always try to stop and think before I make any big decisions. However, if I think too long, I don’t take action.

  14. Thinking about doing strategic thinking seems confusing. I’ll have to look into this when I have more time to really absorb what you are saying.

  15. Sometimes it takes me a little while to stop and think about issues from a strategic point of view, but usually I can come up with a plan and several back up plans pretty quickly

  16. You’ve got wonderful business and personal points here. Strategic thinking is valuable in most any situation.

  17. I always learn so much from your posts. These are great tips.

  18. great tips, I sometimes have a hard time interpreting what I see and have to really explain.

  19. Great tips..I was talking to my son yesterday about this same subject!

  20. Wow, as a wedding designer, I’m always strategic thinking — how things will layout, what will be needed to keep the mirror standing, why that color cannot be use and so on. It’s part of my everyday thought pattern because it is vital to keep all the moving parts of a wedding together. Without strategic thinking you end up with a HOT MESS!

  21. It’s all about interpretation. Sometimes people just overthink things. – Jenn @ The Rebel Chick

  22. This a is a great post with valuable information about really thinking through a problem. I am a bit impulsive sometimes and sometimes see what I want to see instead of what’s really there, so this will help me quite a bit

  23. I learn so much from your posts. Strategic thinking is so important, although not always easy to do!

  24. I’ve never thought about it this in depth before… Makes a lot of sense! Great tips, thanks for getting my brain going! 🙂

  25. It’s definitely important to always be a critical thinker. A lot of people look at a problem, see one side of it and roll with it, making assumptions about the rest.

  26. Most days I can look at the. ginger picture and think with my head but now that I have children it is so easy to get emotionally carried away! Thank you for the tips and reminder.

  27. Great tips! I need to make sure I am using all the steps of strategic thinking instead of getting stuck in just one step!

  28. Great strategies here. I always love to see your posts because they make me stop and think!

  29. I definitely need to re-wire the way I think. I tend to get stuck with feelings of stress, I get overwhelmed and then tuck it away for another day. I love these strategies! Thank you!

  30. Anticipation! Yes! Learning from the past and applying it to the future. I talk to my husband about this all the time! (Not his strong point.)

  31. Sometimes it is all up to interpretation.

  32. I try to be strategic when certain situations come up!

  33. Anticipation is great as you look over your strategies.

  34. Another great post that is making me think – although I am a terrible strategic thinker!

  35. I’m not the best strategic thinker. Usually I make snap decisions so this is something I definitely need to work on.

  36. I agree, it’s important to strategically think before becoming emotional! This is something I totally need to work on!

  37. Considering chess makes my head hurt, I’m probably not the best strategic thinker. Need to work on that!

  38. You are so inspiring! I agree, strategic thinking should come before emotional reactions!

  39. thats my big weakness. i need to step back and NOT react emotionally.

  40. Great tips. It’s always nice to be resourceful with our thinking when it comes to a problem instead of letting it overwhelm us.

  41. These are all excellent tips. I always appreciate your insight!

  42. Great tips! It’s important to really think about how to tackle a problem before going at it.

  43. We are trying to teach our children about strategic thinking. The oldest one seems to get it, but the youngest is more of an emotional thinker. It’s hard to get her to change her ways!

  44. Love the tips – thank you! I find in my personal life I think strategically, but in my business life I’m floundering and not seeing things the way I should be.

  45. great tips again. strategic thinking should come before emotional reactions

  46. Great tips! I find it’s helpful for me to have a business coach to help me look at things from a different perspective to assist with strategic thinking and planning.

  47. Thanks for these tips! I’m like Scott, I try strategic thinking by putting myself in someone else shoes to see what they’re thinking and what are their motives.

  48. These are some great tips! I try to use strategic thinking when I plan too.

  49. And that ‘strategic thinking’ must include putting yourself in the other person’s shoes to determine their motives and needs.

  50. Great tips-I try to employ strategic thinking in all my planning and decisions! Often I make lists and compare.

  51. This is a really good explanation of how to use strategic thinking. It’s so important to be able to recongize patterns (in other people and ourselves) in order to make the best choices in life.

  52. I used to teach kids with learning disabilities about strategic thinking and though to some of us strategic thinking comes naturally for others it’s something that needs to be learned. I am happy that you write the steps here because this is how people learn and it’s a great skill to learn. Knowledge is power : )

  53. I have actually been working strategic thinking with my kids, too. I figure if I can start teaching them while they are young, it will be a life long skill.

  54. I Love pattern recognition. It’s one of the things that sets humans apart from other animals.

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