3 Strategic Thinking Tips To Get You Noticed10 Comments By Deb | Posted September 25, 2013 Don’t confuse being busy with being strategic.
Do you deliver results?Of course you do.
Are you known for delivering results that drive business success?You are, if you’re a strategic thinker.
What do strategic thinkers do?
- You consider opportunities and problems from a broad perspective. Not only What. But So What. And Now What.
- You understand the potential impact of your actions before you take action.
- You solve today’s problem so it doesn’t reoccur tomorrow.
- You ask yourself…
Am I Doing Work That Matters To My CEO?
Imagine you stepped into the elevator at the same time as your CEO and she asked, ‘What are you working on today?’. What would you say? Would you be pleased to tell her or embarrassed? Do you know what her top priorities are? It doesn’t matter what position you hold, your work should support the organization’s most important priorities.
Am I Connected To People Across My Organization?
No matter where you sit in an organization, you have access to a limited amount of information. Building relationships with people in other departments provides a broader view of the business. Taking time to genuinely connect with influential people at all levels of your organization provides a broad perspective for making smart decisions. Plus, these relationships increase your influence and make it easier for you to drive organizational change.
Do My Solutions Stick?
In the hurry to get things done, it’s tempting to quickly solve the problems that arise every day. Sometimes those problems are actually symptoms of a larger, systems issue. Instead of hiring the fourth customer service rep this month, dig deeper. What’s the real reason so many people are leaving? Perhaps career path limitations, bad management, poor training or inadequate pay. Only when you understand the real issue will you be able to create a permanent solution.
3 Easy Actions To Boost Your Strategic Thinking
1. Ask your manager if you’re advancing his or her goals.
2. Schedule coffee or lunch with someone in a different department.
3. Block one hour on your calendar every week to reflect on challenging problems and projects.
It’s your turn now. What do you do to think strategically? Leave a reply in the comments below.