It is the challenge of keeping emotional distance while being immersed and engaged on the field. We want to avoid the trap of winning the battle but losing the war.
Leaders develop the ability to think strategically. This takes long-range vision and a sense of the multiplicity of potential futures. Leaders are always scanning the horizon for new developments, threats, and opportunities and thinking about how to either exploit them or defend against them.
Leaders create the vision and managers implement the vision. Both roles take strategic thinking.
The key is to parse and separate the vital few from the trivial many. This takes vision and the discipline to then focus on that vision. Don’t get distracted by shiny objects that dilute your efforts.
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Creating the Vision
All enterprises and projects, large or modest, begin in the mind as a vision of the imagination. They emerge from the creative imagination and are nurtured with the conviction that what is a dream can be made real and tangible.
To get from vision to reality takes a practical plan. Strategic thinking is part of this translational process.
Strategic thinking requires a certain mindset. It takes a way of thinking that:
• Embraces change,
• Examines the causal links and outcomes of change, and
• Attempts to steer an organization towards capitalizing on change.
The operative word here is change. Strategic thinking attempts to understand change and exploit it.
Strategic thinking is about recognizing opportunities like a favorable time/occasion/moment and leveraging available resources in the most productive manner to exploit it. This is done with the long-term viability and success of the enterprise in mind. You have to be opportunistic and make use of the resources at your disposal.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Strategic thinking is entrepreneurial in its imperative to action and relentless pursuit of opportunity.
Here’s a slide deck that goes over these ideas on strategic thinking.
Strategic Thinking for Competitive Advantage
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