Posted by: Jeri Denniston | August 3, 2008

How do you apply Strategic Thinking at Work?

How does one apply strategic thinking at work? Certainly you can apply it in everything you do. Do you have a new project you’re undertaking? Before you start doing research and creating action plans to implement the project, take a moment to answer the following questions:

  • Where do I / we want to be? What am I / are we trying to achieve with this project?
  • How will I / we know when we’ve achieved our desired outcomes?
  • Where are we today? What strengths, weaknesses do we have to implement this project? What are the possible opportunities and threats to its success, both now and in the future?
  • How do I / we close the gap between where we are today to what we’re trying to achieve?
  • What could be changing in the future that might impact the success of this project?

Those are the five strategic thinking questions you need to ask. Once you’ve answered those questions, the strategies and actions naturally fall into place. You may need to involve others in the project to get research, technical support, etc., and that will become evident as you thoughtfully consider the questions. Obviously, the larger and more complicated the project and organization, the greater the challenges in getting the right information and gaining support from others for your project. But that’s another subject altogether.

Do you have any ideas or suggestions that can be added to this question? Feel free to add your comments!


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