Since strategic thinking is one of those skills that is notoriously difficult to teach, I tend to glom on to any snippets of information that may aid my own understanding – I enjoyed this description from a recent article to advance my own thinking of what we mean by strategic thinking – a complex matrix of considerations spread over time and other lenses.
“Strategic leaders take a broad, long-range approach to problem-solving and decision-making that involves objective analysis, thinking ahead, and planning. That means being able to think in multiple time frames, identifying what they are trying to accomplish over time and what has to happen now, in six months, in a year, in three years, to get there. It also means thinking systemically. That is, identifying the impact of their decisions on various segments of the organization—including internal departments, personnel, suppliers and customers.”