Are you a strategic thinker? The capability of thinking in a strategic way is not natural for everyone. No matter your skills consider these tidbits.
There are many frameworks for creating a strategy. Following these frameworks will not guarantee the strategy is sound. Consider using some other techniques to think differently while still using the frameworks.
Gather all the ideas. While developing the strategy consider using quiet ideation. Hand out sticky notes, ask the strategy developers to write their ideas down, and lastly allow them to individually present their ideas. This process can be used with focused topics and allow each person to have an equal voice.
Draw the strategy as a story with pictures. Consider using visuals that connect the pieces, show the interactions and potentially show the order to strategy execution.
Question the strategy. Find someone outside the strategy creation to help to make the questions. Challenging the strategy by using questions can only strengthen the story. Here are a few questions but don’t limit it to these.
- Can it be communicated? Communication of the strategy is often at the root of how successful it will be.
- Are there holes and gaps? Often people looking from the outside can see the holes sooner than those on the inside.
- What might happen with this strategy? Good and Bad?
Reject the Echo Chamber. An echo chamber can be very dangerous when building a strategy. The longer you and your co-strategy builders discuss, the more the strategy can seem to be the only answer. So, step back and confirm that you and your co-strategy builders haven’t created an echo chamber.
If you have other collaborative tidbits to foster strategic thinking, please send me a note.