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How to make better predictions 1 – the shape of the curve

One of the things we cannot avoid in strategic thinking is making predictions.  While predictions, being assumptions, inevitably carry the risk of error, there are things we can do to make better predictions.  When you can match an understanding of future trends with a clear vision, your plans are much more likely to be successful. […]

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The Eleventh Critical Skill in Strategic Thinking is Patience

The eleventh critical skill in strategic thinking is patience – the ability to wait. This is not just waiting to act – it is about waiting to judge and decide an issue. This critical skill is important for three key reasons. 1. Great strategic thinking requires adequate thought and information. Both information and thought require […]

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Openness – The Tenth Critical Skill for Strategic Thinking

The tenth critical skill in strategic thinking is the ability to suspend judgment. Better strategic thinkers should consider ideas and explore possibilities before they impose any evaluation. This does not mean that a strategist never applies judgement.  It means that they should apply analysis without judgment before they critique ideas. Openness is a critical skill […]

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The Ninth Critical Skill in Strategic Thinking is Honesty

The ninth critical skill in strategic thinking is honesty.  Great strategic thinkers can balance their tremendous creativity with a sense of realism and honesty about what is achievable in the longer term. This ability to balance is not an obstacle to their accomplishments.  Many strategic thinkers refer to themselves as realistic optimists. How does this […]

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A Critical Strategic Thinking Skill – Seeking Advice

The eighth critical skill for great strategic thinking is seeking advice. Great strategists rarely make strategic decisions by themselves.  They usually prefer to get input from people who are closer to the issues. They also highly value the input of people who may simply have much different perspectives from their own.  This is listening, but […]

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This is How to Recharge Yourself to Improve Strategic Thinking Skill

The seventh strategic thinking skill may not seem like a skill at all. Taking time to recharge yourself, however, is an absolutely crucial strategic thinking skill.  This key item both improves productivity and allows for separate, rich strategic thinking. Taking time out isn’t just about self-care and recharging, although those are important benefits. Taking time […]

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