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Some Facts About Strategic Thinking

By Bart Icles

In the business world, it is almost imperative among managers and executives to learn how to think strategically. Indeed, strategic thinking is one of the many valuable skills that business managers, executives, and leaders must develop so they can be more successful in driving the company towards the achievement of its goals and objectives. It is important for anyone who is involved in business to develop strategic thinking. In this way, they can continually find and develop one of-a-kind opportunities that can create and give more value to their current product or service offerings. And oftentimes, this is made possible through the existence of a creative and provocative dialogue among those who greatly influence the direction that the company takes.

But what is strategic thinking? While it is not entirely synonymous with strategic planning, it is its very input. It helps uncover potential opportunities for a company to create more value and it can challenge assumptions about the value propositions of a company. In this way, a strategic plan that targets opportunities can be given shape. It is also a means to better understand the fundamental or basic drivers of a business and at the same time, it carefully yet playfully challenges conventional thinking about the different drivers of the business.

Typically, strategic thinking takes certain elements into account. These include competencies and skills, product and service offerings, environment and industry, markets and customers, competitors and substitutes, and suppliers and buyers.

There are also specific considerations that need to be made when thinking strategically. It is important that business leaders and managers must review how this process is carried out to help ensure that the strategies of the company are aligned with its mission, vision, competitive situation, and operating strengths. It can also help ensure that company strategies are goal oriented, fact based, focused, based on broad thinking, agreed upon, engaging, and adaptable.

All these elements must come into play for strategic thinking to take place. What business leaders and managers must understand is that strategic management involves strategic planning and strategic planning starts with thinking strategically. When business leaders and managers are unable to develop this way of thinking, achieving company goals and objectives can prove to be quite difficult and almost impossible. Learn more about how to develop this method of thinking today so you too can do your part in taking the company closer to where it plans to be in the future.

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Icles, Bart "Some Facts About Strategic Thinking." Some Facts About Strategic Thinking. 27 Jun. 2010. 20 Jul 2014 <>.

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