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9 Traits of a Strategic Thinker

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“I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.” (Einstein).

Strategy development is not a “cookbook” process. It is a challenging, heuristic task that requires strategic thinking. Strategic thinking involves several traits:

  1. The ability to use consistent definitions of planning terms and to understand their distinctions;
  2. Awareness of the distinctions between project planning and strategic planning;
  3. The ability to discuss and describe items in plans at the appropriate “strategic altitude”;
  4. Awareness of the dynamic system effects in organizations, such as delays and feedback;
  5. The openness to new ideas and encouragement of creativity and innovation;
  6. The openness of the planning process to a team of employees of various ranks and functions;
  7. The degree to which alternative strategies and scenarios are considered;
  8. The linkage of strategic planning to budgeting;
  9. The ability to write and speak with clarity and simplicity.

Evidence for the degree of strategic thinking can be found in the organization’s strategic planning documents.

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