But back to my original premise: strategic thinking. Wishing to improve the decision-making areas of my life, I went online to do a bit of research. I found this passage, written by business coach/author J. Glenn Ebersole, in an article entitled, “Strategic Thinking: 11 Critical Skills Needed.”
Debbi Honorof, senior director of marketing and communications at Hofstra University’s Continuing Education program, often speaks on “Thriving in the 21st Century Workplace.” Debbi addresses skills which include creative problem-solving, critical thinking, information and media literacy, communications and cultural awareness. As lifelong learners know, there is so much more to enhance our knowledge base than what we look away from high school and college. Even those with advanced degrees are often mandated by their professions to obtain continued education credits … and for good reason.
As an instructor in Hofstra University’s Continuing Education, I fully embrace the concept of lifelong learning and so do my adult students. We feel that exhilaration that comes with knowledge and growth.
“They are committed to and seek advice from others.”
Whether it’s a formal mentoring relationship, or discussions with colleagues and others who have the ability to listen and respond analytically, there is much to be gained when taking into consideration the views of others. Strategic thinkers know that they don’t have all the answers. They also know that differing opinions can open the door to carefully thought-out strategies.
“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.”
“They have an innate ability to be proactive and anticipate change, rather than being reactive to changes after they occur.”
This reflects back on being aware and perceptive. Effective strategic thinkers are not taken by surprise … either by positive outcomes or negative consequences to a plan or action. They formulate, they revise, they collaborate and they thrive with ongoing education.