Having a strategy to achieve any goal is one of the smartest things you can do. As the leader of your organization, you are responsible to see how all of the different pieces work and how you can use them to achieve your goals and continue to grow. Your company and your people need you to be the strategic one, they can handle everything else.
Here are a few habits to start developing if you want to become a master strategist:
1. Anticipate Everything
Everyone is looking forward. It’s your job to see what’s coming at you from all angles. Opportunities may be standing right next to you so it’s your job to turn your head and see them. You should:
- Look for game-changing information in the periphery of your industry
- Search beyond any boundaries you currently have
- Build a bigger network to help you scan for those opportunities
2. Start thinking Critically
Don’t settle for the obvious conclusion and don’t ever do what everyone else is doing. Question every new method that presents itself before you make the decision to put any of your resources into trying it. Force yourself to:
- Reframe your current problems
- Challenge your current mindset and beliefs
- Uncover hypocrisy, manipulation, and bias in any and all decision making
3. Make Decisions
There comes a point when you have enough information to make a decision. Don’t wait too long and don’t fall victim to “analysis paralysis”. Not making a decision leads to missed opportunities, and that’s something most companies can’t afford. Start:
- Carefully frame the decision to get to the crux of the matter
- Balance speed, rigor, quality and agility. Let your superiors worry about perfection.
- Take a stand even when there’s more data to collect and especially when people don’t all agree.
I had never thought about trying to incorporate sci-fi into my leadership and management techniques until I saw this infographic. Whether you like/love Star Wars or not, there are some great ideas and tips in this infographic for any manager in any industry. FeFeel free to comment or share your opinions on Facebook or Twitter.