Strategic Thinking

“Strategic thinking rarely occurs spontaneously”– Michael Porter

It is one of those things that most people have heard of, but few can clearly articulate: “What does being more strategic in your thinking really mean?”

If you believe that strategic thinking is only for senior executives, think again. Being more strategic doesn’t mean making decisions that affect the whole organization or deciding on the budgets for the company. It means putting the smallest decision in the context of the organization’s broader goals. Nurturing a relationship, such as one that could provide unique insight into a supplier, a customer, or a competitor is highly strategic. Everyone has an opportunity to think more strategically. It can, and must, happen at every level of the organization; it’s one of those unwritten parts of all job descriptions. It is not a function of thinking up “big thoughts” or reading scholarly research on business trends. Neither does it imply watching TED talks or lectures by futurists.

The biggest challenge that most people face in being able to think strategically is making time to reflect. For most people, a large percentage of their workweek is spent in a whirlwind of meetings, a mad dash to respond to emails and making phone calls. Under the guise of productivity, what gets sacrificed is thinking time. The result is decisions that are based more on reflex than on reflection. The risk of reflexive, knee-jerk decisions is that they tend to be based on what has worked before. That would be fine if our world was static, but it is not. Your industry, your competitors, your customers are changing at an unprecedented rate. The only way to make sense of this is by making time to reflect.

The Strategic Thinking workshop aims to arm participants with multiple, tangible tools that can help them become more strategic in their daily work. A few things it helps participants learn are:
⦁ To observe and seek trends
⦁ To ask the tough questions
⦁ To sound strategic
⦁ To make time for thinking and embracing conflict

For all executives who think, “I’m too busy dealing with today to think about the future”, this workshop is an eye-opener that in the course of a few hours brings a revelation to their usual way of thinking.

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Is this workshop right for my team?
Showing strategic thinking skills communicates that you’re able to think for yourself and make decisions that position the organization for the future. It ensures that team members:
⦁ Understand different ways to flex their thinking while tackling day to day challenges
⦁ Learn deep questioning as the language of strategy
⦁ To look deep into the future
⦁ Envisage alternative futures

If you are looking at preparing your teams to be truly strategic, FocusU invites you to The Strategic Thinking workshop today!

Contact Us today - we will be glad to meet up and discuss the possibilities for your team!


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