December 17, 2008

Strategic Thinking Skills – Time To Be A Smart Supervisor

If you want to get a clear vision for where your organization is going, then looking closely at strategy is an absolute must. A process for this is to take time out to use a ‘strategic thinking’ activity that will enable you to have clear space to think closely about this vital development opportunity for the long term success of your business.

To make a business progress according to a manager or owner’s wishes, there needs to be a conscious effort to build a skillset that includes facilitation, negotiation, creativity, team-building and the ability to work through perceived problems with positivity and good humor.

Strategic thinking itself, as a valuable tool, is a process whereby leaders critically examine and evaluate the identifiable implications of their choices in business and explore the available options before making absolute decisions.

Strategic Thinking – What’s It All About?

Strategic thinking has its application and use in a very many differing circumstances, from devising strategies or policies for a company, arriving at or ironing out a business decision, to even simply gauging or understanding a situation.

The hallmark of strategic thinking is considering and defining the medium- to long-term business objectives and expectations for the future and then working backwards to the present situation as an analysis and decision-making tool for managers.

This provides the much needed and often quoted ‘larger picture’ and creates a feeling of direction and growth along with a sense of progress. So if any organization makes decisions without adopting a comprehensive strategic thinking procedure, it risks being hasty and uninformed in its decisions and deprives itself of the creativity and insight which strategic thinking can provide.

Strategic Thinking – Why Bother?

The main thrust of driving ahead with your strategic thinking is for it to research the potential opportunities and threats long-term and how they might impact on the bigger picture goals and aspirations of your business over the long term. Even if you are a large multi-national, there will be a timescale for the health of your business that you will want at least to protect – and preferably enhance.

It’s also a sufficient and clear guideline for the continued development and growth of the organization. One of the most important purposes of strategic thinking, is out-thinking your competitors and keeping ahead of your rivals.

If you can, it’s always worth utilizing a number of people in this activity. Different people, bring alternative viewpoints, often which might be invisible to you alone. These varied perspectives will help you get the clearest picture of what you want to know and understand.

There is only a crystal ball to help you (and we all know the value of that!). There are no certainties any more and the world seems to turn faster every year. And by grabbing a little time out on a regular basis to consider possibilities and their impact on you, there will be much value in it.

Easy Strategic Thinking For You And Your Team

Planning and preparing in advance with a vision or purpose is difficult. It is so much easier to just act and take care of the immediate requirements without thinking or planning too much. And, to be frank, this is as good a recipe for disaster in anything but the very short-term that can be adopted.

When you’re are focusing on the long-term as well as the short term, it must become the way everyone works within the team or the organization as a whole if possible. When the culture of the business is always asking “Is this right for the longer-term as well as right now”, then you will recognize that the culture is getting there.

This sort of measuring up actions in the day job in the light of where you are going over the years ahead, encourages a healthier future. This protects what you are your people aspire to achieve – a great way forward to a successful and sustainable future, which will benefit everyone. Where strategic thinking is in place, there is every hope that your successes now will continue on till the sun sets!

Strategic Thinking, In The End It’s Everyone’s Future…

At its best, strategic thinking is a useful management tool and an overview that enables simplification of complicated procedures, whilst providing a clear set of alternative choices and outcomes.

Strategic thinking is not, of course, the fix, more, it is an ability to confidently look into the future, although it is impossible to see how it will end up definitely.

It’s the best we can do.

Filed under Building the Future by Martin

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November 1, 2008

Communication Skills For Team Leaders – What’s The Benefit? Part 1

Managers are uniquely placed to impact on a business. So, the way they communicate with their people is a vital part of the package.

If you want to ensure that you are successful in your business, the way you get information over as well as the skills you use every day with your employees will make or break you.

By making the effort to learn and enhance your skills for talking and listening to anyone, you will take a big step forward.

For example, there may be times when he needs to find out where internal systems are holding back growth, resulting in poor performance in a business.

He might decide to make a presentation suggesting improved measures which would add impetus by making the systems and processes more effective. In order to convey his strategy and get that established, it’s essential for him to communicate well.

Whilst special communication situations are important, it is likely to be just a small part of the manager’s role, compared with the need to interact with their people on a regular day-to-day basis.

Good managers talk to their people all the time, getting to know them well and building great rapport as they go.

Understanding how important this is, helps those managers who care for success to decide just how they are going to develop this skillset to the full.

Filed under Blog, Management Basics, Managing Me by Martin

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