What is Strategic Thinking?
While originally synonymous with games theory, strategic thinking today is best understood as an action-oriented approach to resolving issues or making decisions in situations of complexity and ambiguity.
It combines four ways of thinking - two of which are based on logic, and two that draw on creativity:
To this mix, it adds a focus on making decisions and taking actions.
At its core, strategic thinking is goal-oriented and aligned to the long term, so decisions made under pressure still reflect the organization’s ultimate mission.
What are the behaviours and competencies of Strategic Thinkers?
Individuals trained in Strategic Thinking will…
Strategic thinking is not simply a personality trait that some individuals are born with. It can be learned through properly designed programs, which emphasize the development of the particular skills and competencies listed above.
Above all, Strategic Thinking has to be learned through practice, and the practice cannot stop once the initial training has ended. In fact, we coach strategic thinkers to use their tools in daily situations, including outside of work. When used across a range of situations, learning is reinforced and made routine (allowing it to be deployed quickly in a crisis).