Strategic thinking helps me to plan, to become more efficient, to maximize my strengths, and to find the most direct path towards achieving any objective.
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What strategic thinking is and how to process strategic thinking are questions that many ask. Here is how to define strategic thinking.
Process Strategic Thinking
Strategic thinking is about looking at the end goal and then going back and planning how you are going to get there in the shortest time possible.
Process strategic thinking helps one to plan, become more efficient, maximise one’s strength and find the most direct pathway to achieving any objective.
The benefits of practising strategic thinking are huge in the long run.
Why is it so important to process strategic thinking strategies?
Strategic thinking simplifies the difficult.
Strategic thinking takes care of complex issues and long-term objectives, which can be very difficult to address and the process breaks them down into manageable chunks.
By practising strategic thinking, you are prompted to ask the right questions so that you can break down difficult tasks.
Good strategic thinkers are precise in their thinking and they match the strategy specifically with the problem. They realise that the problem isn’t a one size fits all.
Having a strategic plan is like having a bridge that links where you are to where you want to be. It gives you direction and credibility today and increases your potential for success tomorrow.
If you practice strategic thinking, others will listen to you and want to follow you.
How to practice Strategic Thinking
1. Be Clear About What You Want
Before you start, ask yourself if you are clear about the outcome and if you know what you want the outcome to be.
Do you know a little something about what it will take to get there?
Think of the big picture and what it will feel like to get there.
Give your goal some thought and write down questions and difficulties that you may face on the way there.
2. Create a Plan
Creating a “plan” means identifying your action items, both short-term and long-term, that will help you reach your main goal.
It could be as complex or simple as you like. A complex plan would normally be used in a large company, whereas a smaller plan could be a project plan or a checklist of things to get done.
The plan is about taking steps and putting them into a course of action. For more on how to achieve goals click here.
3. Make a Drawing
Try to think about words and make them into a diagram. This is called mind mapping or brainstorming. Drawing pictures, graphs and charts is a form of thinking that stimulates the creative side of your brain and this form of thinking can take you out of the box.
When you are ready to start process strategic thinking, make sure you have time and you won’t be interrupted. Give yourself time to daydream about the future you are trying to create and then from there implement one or two of these approaches to your strategic thoughts.
Now don’t forget to watch for that breakthrough. You may only be a couple of hours away from a successful plan of action.
For more ideas on setting up your mind for creative thinking, click here.
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