If you believe that only senior executives need to think strategically,
think again. No matter what level you’re at, strategic thinking is a critical
skill — one that can always be improved. To hone your capacity to see the big
picture, start by making sure you have a solid understanding of the industry
context and business drivers. Make it a routine to explore the internal trends
in your day-to-day work. Pay attention to the issues that get raised
repeatedly, and synthesize the common obstacles your colleagues face. Be
proactive about connecting with peers in your organization and in your industry
to understand their observations of the marketplace, and share this information
across your network. Take the time to understand the unique information and
perspective that your job function contributes to the company. Thinking at this
higher level will position you to be more strategic in your role.
Source: Harvard Business Review – The management
tip of the day.
Full article: Adapted from “4 Ways to Improve Your Strategic
Thinking Skills,” by Nina Bowman