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Strategic Thinking – What It Means and How to Do It




It is wonderful to learn what it is to think strategically and then start doing it. If you do a survey, there will be a lot of people who believe they are good thinkers, who believe they are strategic thinkers. Unfortunately, many of these people are mistaken. Strategic thinking doesn’t happen by accident and it doesn’t happen without some work.  This article is the first in our series on strategic thinking.

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 if  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

When it is time for you to make important decisions, whether personal or for business, it is important to be strategic in your thinking. Strategic thinking just by its definition ha to yield better results than just winging it. Imagine it, if your thinking about things involves all six of the things listed above how much better your decisions will be.

Keep in mind that while there are quite few steps involved in being a strategic thinker, it doesn’t have to be a long and drawn out process. You can go through all six steps rather quickly once strategic thinking becomes a habit. Take some time today and start doing strategic thinking. Strategic thinking will make you stronger and more confident. Strategic thinking increases confidence because decisions are well-rounded, encompass all relevant pieces of information and the product of your best work and best efforts.

Come back next week for part two in our series on strategic thinking where we will explore the role of anticipation in strategic thinking. Then, in following week will explore the other six components of the strategic thinking formula. In conclusion, it is wonderful to learn what it is to think strategically and then start doing it. So, the question for you this wonderful day is, are you ready to start doing some strategic thinking?


Janeane Davis

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  • According to my family, I 'challenge' everything. I can't make a decision or accept someone else's decision without thinking through it completely.

  • I am not sure if I would consider myself a strategic thinker. More like a procrastinator.

  • I am not always a strategic thinker...! I need to work on being more strategic.

  • That's my husband's probably exactly - not anticipating stuff. He likes to just act and then doesn't think about how it will affect him later. For instance, he will pile a bunch of stuff in a corner "cleaning" and then when I get upset that it wasn't put in the correct place or that it's more work for later, he can't understand why, lol.

  • Strategic thinking is also being adaptable to changes.

  • thanks for breaking it all down and making it simple to understand for the rest of us, thanks!

  • I love the breakdown of the components. looking forward to the next installment.

  • I need to get better with my strategic thinking. I think my biggest problem is narrowing focus, though.

  • Sometimes I am a strategic thinker and sometimes a free thinker depends on the situation.

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