Successful Thinking Skills

Strategic Thinking

Strategic Thinking Outline

Definition: What is Strategic Thinking? Determine the client’s definition.

Review of a client’s corporate vision and values. Do they need to be updated and/or improved?

  • Make sure everyone knows and understands them and their importance.
  • What does it mean to employees and how does it affect their everyday job.

Alignment of all participant’s goals and objectives with the corporate vision.

  • Go over everyone’s goals for the next 12 months
  • Do these goals align and support the corporate vision?
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Review of the pre work survey and reading

  • Comments and questions about the pre work survey that helps one determine if they are a strategic thinker.
  • Structure and learning points are centered on making each person a more strategic thinker.

Teach the Eight Characteristics of a strategic thinker. Each activity is customized to address Strategic Thinking concepts and Skills:

  1. Future based. The ten years out vision is used to teach this concept.
  2. Goal oriented. How you should set goals. They should be achievable but challenging. Methods will be presented that show how the best companies do this.
  3. Big picture focused. The ideas discovered in this activity are used to help the group formulate their own ideas on how to focus their thinking on the big picture.
  4. Willing to take risks. Methods to uncover risks in day to day activities are taught here. An effective process is taught on how to eliminate and minimize risks in everyday decision making. Emphasis is placed on recognizing why people don’t like to take risks.
  5. Able to prioritize. An effective process on how to prioritize called Situation Review is taught here.
  6. Nimble. Means doing more with less. And being flexible in order to anticipate and quickly adapt to change. A foundation concept from Lean is taught here.
  7. Service oriented. Methodologies are presented on how each person can continually provide effective service to their customers, coworkers and their organization.
  8. Innovative. An emphasis is based on the importance of innovation and the part that creativity plays. The four roles of innovation are taught showing that everyone can play an important part in the innovation process.