Do you consider yourself strategic? If not, it’s definitely a skill you should work on, because that’s the kind of worker that employers want to have on their team. In fact, if you’re not a strategic thinker, you could be rising to the top of the disposable employee list.
I’m not sure if being strategic is something you are born with or not. I think some people are definitely better at it than others, but can you get better at being strategic? Of course. Here are 10 things to try.
- Take chances. Don’t just always do the same things, the same way. Status quo won’t get you to the next level.
- Think outside of the box. It’s pretty cliché, but try to think differently. Turn things upside down. Consider all the angles.
- Always add value. Strategic thinkers are always looking for ways to improve a process, make more money, etc.
- Look for ways to beat the competition. How can you be better than everyone else?
- Consider the big picture. Don’t work in a silo. Having a broader vision will help you and your company.
- Find answers. Seek out explanations and solutions. Just because they are not right in front of you doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make the effort.
- Try not to get stuck in a rut. It can be hard not to get caught up in the daily grind. Look for ways to take on new projects and expand your horizons.
- Surround yourself with great thinkers. Talk to other strategic, innovative thinkers. It can help your own thought process.
- Constantly question things. Get comfortable asking “Why?” Challenge how things are done.
- Listen to others. Evaluate the opinions of others. You can’t solve everything on your own.
Try out a few of these things. Maybe someone will notice. If nothing else, you will have broadened your way of thinking and probably learned a few things.
How are you strategic? What are you doing that makes you stand out from the pack? Let us know in the comments!