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Strategic Thinking: Knowing What’s Going On

Strategic thinkers bring a lot to their organizations. They understand and promote the organization’s vision, find creative solutions by challenging the norm, and deal with complex problems by recognizing patterns and relationships. But there’s one other thing that makes them stand out from the crowd — they know exactly what’s going on in their organizations.

Sources and perspectives

To be a strategic thinker, you really want to get information from a wide range of sources and perspectives. You could read industry journals, visit relevant third-party web sites, and scan related news articles.

You might also sign-up to get industry-related newsletters and podcasts, or take out journal subscriptions, so that this vital information comes directly to you.

Understand changes

But it’s not just about knowing what’s going on outside — don’t overlook what’s happening inside your organization. Stay on top of changes in the organization, customer needs, and changes in industry strategies. It’s essential to detect changes in the organization’s environment because these changes could have a major impact, both on the organization as a whole and on your business unit or department.

One way of doing this could be to go through social media or customer review sites to find out what people are saying about your organization. Or you might arrange regular meetings with a business analyst to keep track of the latest internal developments.