Strategic thinking book with question mark

Evaluate Your Strategic Thinking

Strategic thinking can be a valuable skill, both in business and your personal life. Strategic thinking refers to the ability to think about, assess, evaluate and arrive at decisions about the future. It is, in fact, the way in which you use your thinking and would, therefore, be classified as a critical thinking skill.

Leadership is the art of influencing people to execute your strategic thinking
– Nabil Khalil Basma

Why not try our quick survey and evaluate your own strategic thinking.

1.

I have regular strategy development sessions (with my team).

Question 1 of 32

2.

It's impossible to predict how future trends will impact our organisation.

Question 2 of 32

3.

I am one of the most strategic thinkers I know.

Question 3 of 32

4.

I understand how my main competitors' strategies differ.

Question 4 of 32

5.

New business strategies require an overhaul of our internal processes.

Question 5 of 32

6.

I use social media and my external networks to inform my strategic decisions.

Question 6 of 32

7.

I have a track record for implementing where new technology can add value.

Question 7 of 32

8.

I consider risks and potential challenges when planning anything important.

Question 8 of 32

9.

I am not a business visionary.

Question 9 of 32

10.

I have ideas that would create a competitive advantage for my organisation.

Question 10 of 32

11.

I fully support my organisation's strategic change initiatives.

Question 11 of 32

12.

Customers do not have to be consulted about all new product or service strategies.

Question 12 of 32

13.

Colleagues compliment me on my strategic thinking.

Question 13 of 32

14.

I have access to all the market data I need to make the most effective strategic decisions.

Question 14 of 32

15.

I involve all affected people before taking any strategic decision.

Question 15 of 32

16.

My best business ideas are strategic and long-term.

Question 16 of 32

17.

The best business innovation happens naturally - not from a formal process.

Question 17 of 32

18.

I've successfully implemented strategic initiatives.

Question 18 of 32

19.

I track all of my key performance targets and objectives.

Question 19 of 32

20.

I like technological change to be more gradual than it currently is.

Question 20 of 32

21.

I know what my key customers' needs are.

Question 21 of 32

22.

It's vital to take some risks if there's the potential for a long term payoff.

Question 22 of 32

23.

I need to manage my own business costs.

Question 23 of 32

24.

I understand our different strategies for different customer markets.

Question 24 of 32

25.

I keep my strategic plans as confidential as possible.

Question 25 of 32

26.

I regularly update all of my business plans.

Question 26 of 32

27.

It's not my responsibility to keep my colleagues' decisions in line with our overall strategies.

Question 27 of 32

28.

I integrate my own plans with those of my colleagues.

Question 28 of 32

29.

I'm far too busy to read about industry developments.

Question 29 of 32

30.

My plans extend to more than 2/3 years in the future.

Question 30 of 32

31.

I have a well-earned reputation for my strategic thinking skills.

Question 31 of 32

32.

I have never developed a strategy for a new product, service, or functional area.

Question 32 of 32


 

As with most things in life, you can always improve these skills. As strategic thinking is more of a creative process it may not come naturally to some. Therefore, in the survey feedback, we highlight some of the ways to do this.

Why not try some of these:

  • Think outside the box
  • Make time for thinking and reflecting
  • Follow trends and new developments
  • Improve your observational and listening skills
  • Ask the tough questions to get a better understanding

Five attributes of strategic thinkers can be highlighted as:

  • Understanding your place in the market
  • Focusing on the goal
  • Understanding past, present and future events
  • Asking the right questions
  • Identifying opportunities

We are assessment specialists in both work and education settings. For more insights into meaningful assessments contact Rob Williams Assessment for a comprehensive appraisal.