Critical skills that strategic thinkers have;
thinkers have the ability to use the left (logical) and right (creative) sides
of their brain.
2: They have the
ability to develop a clearly defined and focused business vision and personal
vision. They are skilled at both thinking with a strategic purpose as well as
creating a visioning process. They have both skills and they use them to
complement each other.
3: They have the
ability to clearly define their objectives and develop a strategic action plan
with each objective broken down into tasks and each task having a list of
needed resources and a specific timeline.
4: They have the
ability to design flexibility into their plans by creating some benchmarks in
their thinking to review progress. Then they use those benchmarks to as a guide
and to recognize the opportunity to revise their plans as needed. They have an
innate ability to be proactive and anticipate change, rather than being
reactive to changes after they occur.
5: They are
amazingly aware and perceptive. They will recognize internal and external
clues, often subtle, to help guide future direction and realize opportunities
for them and their companies or organizations. Great strategic thinkers will
listen, hear and understand what is said and will read and observe whatever
they can so that they will have very helpful and strategic information to guide
them. Strategic thinkers often have those "Ah Ha" experiences while
on vacation, walking, sitting and relaxing or during many other activities
because they see or hear something that resonates and because they are so aware
6: They are
committed lifelong learners and learn from each of their experiences. They use
their experiences to enable them to think better on strategic issues.
7: The best and greatest
strategic thinkers take time out for themselves. Their time out may be in the
form of a retreat (some prefer to call it an "advance" since it
"advances" their thinking"); a walk in a special environment;
relaxing in a comfortable chair in the lobby of an historic hotel; or an
afternoon in a quiet place with a blank sheet of paper or their lap top
computer with "their thinking caps" on.
8: They are
committed to and seek advice from others.
9: They have the
ability to balance their tremendous amount of creativity with a sense of
realism and honesty about what is achievable in the longer term. This ability
to balance does not deter them in their thinking. Sometimes they refer to
themselves as realistic optimists.
10: They have the
ability to be non-judgmental and they do not allow themselves to be held back
or restricted by judging their own thinking or the thinking of others when
ideas are initially being developed and shared. This is especially true during
any "brainstorming" exercises to ensure a flow of great ideas. There
will be time to test the ideas AFTER the "brainstorming" is
11: They have the
ability to be patient and to not rush to conclusions and judgments.