Do You Have What It Takes to Be A Strategic Thinker

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“Curious, Not Judgmental.” – Walt Whitman

Strategic thinking is a skill in how we think, assess, view, solve problems and create our future for ourselves and others. It’s basically knowing what you to achieve and how to achieve it. It’s not always easy to develop a strategic approach as it’s both mindset and techniques.

Strategic thinkers are able to see the big picture, identify the possible impact, and set up a plan to get there.

Strategic thinkers have seven main qualities in common:

  • Vision
  • Perceptiveness
  • Assertiveness
  • Framework
  • Flexibility
  • Emotional Balance
  • Patience

Let’s look at what those are in more detail.

  1. They have the ability to think logically and creatively, using both the left and right sides of the brain.
  2. Strategic thinkers can develop a clearly outlined and focused vision for their business or personal needs.
  3. They are able to create flexibility in their plans by creating benchmarks to guide them and recognize opportunities to revise plans when they need to.
  4. Strategic thinkers are aware and perceptive of themselves and what’s around them. They recognize subtle external and internal clues to guide their direction and seize upon opportunities for themselves or their company or organization.
  5. They listen, hear, and understand what others say. They read and observe whatever they can to use as a guide.
  6. They often have “Ah-Ha” moments while relaxing or doing other activities.
  7. Strategic thinkers have a clear definition of their objective and develop an action plan broken down into tasks that have a list of needed resources or a specific timeline.
  8. The best thinkers take time for themselves. It can be a retreat, a walk-in someplace special to them, relaxing in the lobby of a historic hotel, or an afternoon alone with a blank sheet of paper or document just for thinking.
  9. Strategic thinkers are often lifelong learners, learning from every experience put before them and in every part of life.
  10. Strategic thinkers are able to balance their immense amounts of creativity with a sense of honesty and realism about what can be achieved in the long term. They refer to themselves as realistic optimists.
  11. They are committed to and often seek advice, confide in, and offer ideas for feedback from a coach, mentor, a peer group, or another group.
  12. They are non-judgmental and don’t allow themselves to be restricted by judging their own thoughts.
  13. Strategic thinkers are patient. They don’t rush to conclusions, knowing great ideas require time to develop into success in the future.
  14. They see the potential for how the world should be and take the steps to get there.
  15. Strategic thinkers set up and commit to deadlines.
  16. They are conscious of their own biases.
  17. They are observant, watching before forming a judgment.
  18. They understand other people’s intentions, desires, and hopes.
  19. Strategic thinkers make quick informed decisions.
  20. They are good communicators, effectively communicating what they want and need through clear directions or orders.
  21. They respect the thoughts and desires of others.
  22. They react calmly under pressure.
  23. Strategic thinkers have a high level of confidence and self-esteem.
  24. They know their weaknesses and seek advice from others in those areas.
  25. They are flexible thinkers so they can shift gears and think about things in more than one way.

Strategic thinkers develop skills that allow them to have a vision, see where they want to go, and create the plan and implement the steps to get there. You can develop these skills to become a strategic thinker.

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Karie Barrett
Karie Barrett

Karie is a results-obsessed marcom, design, and analytics professional with proven success leading corporate marketing, internal communications, and business strategy development for companies across diverse commercial and nonprofit industries.

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