Monday, April 30, 2012

6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

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Adaptive strategic leaders (the kind who thrive in today’s uncertain environment) do six things well:
  1. Anticipate (Not just straight ahead; but have peripheral vision)

  2. Think Critically (Question everything; Don't take at face value)

  3. Interpret (Look for patterns. Look for trends. Convert data to information)

  4. Decide Quickly & Act quickly (Don't become a victim of Analysis Paralysis)Carefully frame the decision to get to the crux of the matter, Balance speed, rigor, quality and agility. Leave perfection to higher powers & Take a stand even with incomplete information and amid diverse views

  5. Align with stakeholders: Total consensus is rare. A strategic leader must foster open dialogue, build trust and engage key stakeholders, especially when views diverge. To pull that off, you need to: Understand what drives other people's agendas, including what remains hidden, Bring tough issues to the surface, even when it's uncomfortable and Assess risk tolerance and follow through to build the necessary support

  6. Learn: As your company grows, honest feedback is harder and harder to come by. You have to do what you can to keep it coming. This is crucial because success and failure--especially failure--are valuable sources of organizational learning. Here's what you need to do: Encourage and exemplify honest, rigorous debriefs to extract lessons, Shift course quickly if you realize you're off track and Celebrate both success and (well-intentioned) failures that provide insight

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