How to be a Strategic Thinker 2018-11-08T17:15:54-04:00

How to be a Strategic Thinker

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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:

A list of 4 habits to grow if you want to be 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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