A strategic thinker is someone who makes decisions based on fact-based insights that give their company a competitive advantage.
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There are four habits you need to grow to become a strategic thinker:
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1. To be a strategic thinker, you’ll need to use your company’s organizational goals as the context for your decisions.
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See beyond what you are responsible for, and beyond your periphery.
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Challenge long-held assumptions and underlying belief systems.
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Seek to truly understand your company’s strategy and goals.
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2. To be a strategic thinker, you’ll need to broaden your network to connect ideas that others fail to see.
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Your background and role in the business makes you unique.
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Expand your network of people and sources of information.
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Invest time to reflect on what you find.
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3. To be a strategic thinker, you’ll need to ground your thinking in reality by using facts.
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Finding and generating reliable facts takes hard work.
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Convincing others to believe in your strategic decisions requires facts and metrics.
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Without facts, your strategic thinking is really strategic hoping.
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4. To be a strategic thinker, you’ll need to make a decision between competing opportunities.
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Grow the ability and demonstrate the willingness to make difficult decisions.
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Pursuing something new requires you to stop allocating resources to other work.
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Properly on-board others to ensure that everyone on your team is focused on executing the same strategic decisions.
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In summary, a strategic thinker is someone who makes decisions based on fact-based insights that give their company a competitive advantage.
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Do you really want to be a strategic thinker? Let your personal development begin!
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