3 Strategic Thinking Behaviors to Better See the Big Picture

strategic thinking behaviors

Strategic Thinking Behaviors
Over and over we hear leaders asking their teams to develop and use strategic thinking behaviors to better “see the big picture” as they strive to create more strategic clarity to grow faster.

What is the Big Picture?
But what really does the big picture mean and what do you need to do to “see” it?  Strategically, strategic thinking behaviors related to the “big picture”

  • Involves lateral thinking
  • Relates to the entire perspective of an issue or situation
  • Is broad like the wide screen picture above, not narrow
  • Is comprehensive and overarching, not focused on irrelevant details
  • Includes the most important facts about a matter and the effects on other things.
  • Looks at the whole, not the part

Leaders and the Big Picture
In general, organizations count on company executives to have the big picture view and use strategic thinking behaviors.

  • Because they operate at a high level, executives are often better positioned to see things that are more applicable to the entire company rather than to a specific functional area or project.
  • Executive leaders are typically the ones who have the responsibility for making plans for the whole organization, and, therefore, tend to focus on the overall direction rather than the step-by-step tactics designed to get them where they want to go.

Three Strategic Thinking Behaviors to Better See the Big Picture
If you aspire to create strategic clarity and, in so doing, move on up in your organization, here are three strategic thinking behaviors you need to develop:

1.  Look Beyond the Day-to-day Decisions
Most of us make multiple decisions every day. Some have big consequences; others small. Big picture thinkers:

  • Automatically consider the wide-ranging consequences of each decision they make
  • Understand that they don’t operate in a vacuum and that one move leads to another

If you want to improve your strategic thinking behaviors, look beyond your decisions to the effect they will have on others and into the future.

2.  Learn More About What’s Happening Both In and Beyond Your Own Company
Strategic thinkers tune into what other companies in their marketplace are doing and track trends that might affect their business. To improve your strategic thinking behaviors, know:

  • What’s going on in their industry
  • What customers are saying about what they want and need
  • What adjustments might make sense in your business to stay ahead of the competition

This means educating yourself about your own company’s situation.

  • Read the annual report.
  • Know what products and services are in development.
  • Understand what the numbers really mean…both the financial terms and the metrics, like turnover and employee engagement, that HR puts out.

3.  Be Thoroughly Versed On Your Organization’s Purpose, Vision and Culture

When you have a clear understanding of how you directly contribute to the overall picture, it is far easier to prioritize your actions in a way that promotes the company strategy and aligns with how success is measured.

The Bottom Line
To be more strategic in your approach and improve your strategic thinking behaviors, step back from the busy-ness of each day and give yourself some time to reflect on lessons from the past, what is currently happening and, most important, how you envision the future.

To learn more about strategic thinking behaviors, download How to Ensure Your Strategy is Clear Enough to Act

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