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”
Leaders and the Big Picture
In general, organizations count on company executives to have the big picture view and use strategic thinking behaviors.
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:
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:
This means educating yourself about your own company’s situation.
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.
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