How to practice strategic thinking


Regardless of your current level or role, strategic thinking is a critical skill to practice, and to practice often if you wish to master it.

It is not just for executives and senior leaders, everyone should be making time for strategic thinking.

In this HBR article, Nina Bowman outlines ways to improve your strategic thinking skills.

She suggests you start here:

1.    Know your industry

Watch for internal and external trends, knowing the market will help to build your knowledge and enables you to forecast potential changes and identify business drivers.

2.    Ask questions

Asking questions of your managers, colleagues and other stakeholders across the business (and the industry) will help to build your knowledge and curiosity.

Like learning and developing new skills, working towards being more strategic can be uncomfortable and takes practice, find someone who you can share your journey with.