Strategic thinking is an asset not only for the business world, but something that can be immensely useful in life in general. Being able to not only put the puzzle together but be able to find all the pieces hidden under the couch in the first place is invaluable. In an article for Enterprise CIO Forum, Joel Dobbs elaborates on specific skills that will enhance your ability to think strategically.
Six Skills for Better Thinking
- The ability to see the big picture
- Focus on successes
- Creative thinking
- Asking the right questions
- Challenge the norm
- Have time for reflection
When a person is developing a strategy, it is really just a road map to reach a future goal. In order to ultimately reach this place of success, the person drawing the map needs to be able to visualize what the end really looks like. The ability to envision success is crucial to get there. In order to gain customer satisfaction, a person needs to be able to focus on successful outcomes. Do they really understand the customer’s wants and needs? Focusing specifically on “what” they need to deliver will help sort out the direction to take.
As for creative thinking, it is not just reserved for artists–it is invaluable for people in any career to be able to think of innovative ways to accomplish goals and overcome problems. The most difficult thing to do is to overcome old, routine habits and redefine your best practices. In that same vein, asking questions strengthens people’s own skills. “What if?” and “Why not?” are the imperative questions to be asking to push for success in all endeavors. The mentality of “if it is not broke, do not fix it” is gone and has been replaced with the drive to constantly do better. Long-term success depends upon constant new ideas to keep current. Be daring and ask the questions no one seems to have the guts to ask and try something new!
Lastly, the most fundamental thing to do when enhancing strategic thinking ability is to take the time to actually think. The mind is a muscle and should be exercised daily to improve its capacity to think differently and fully. You can read the original article here: http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/six-skills-will-help-cio-become-better-s/