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How to cultivate strategic thinking in your organization

IbyIMD+ Published 25 January 2024 in Brain Circuits • 4 min read

As part of our series on strategic thinking, here we offer three actions that we as leaders can take to cultivate strategic thinking in our organizations.

It’s not enough for you to become a more effective strategic thinker. You need to build the capability in your team and organization. This involves imparting skills and creating an environment that nurtures strategic thought and collaborative inquiry.

1. Build a foundation first: curiosity, calculated risks, and opportunities for learning

Initially, it's essential to build a foundation for strategic thinking. This begins with promoting curiosity among your team members. Encourage them to stay informed about broader industry trends and related fields and to ask questions like 'why' and 'what if’.' Creating a team culture where calculated risks are encouraged ,and failures are viewed as opportunities for learning is also crucial. Giving team members the authority to make decisions in their respective areas encourages them to think strategically about their choices. Encouraging cross-functional collaboration by facilitating projects that involve different departments can broaden team members' understanding and promote a holistic view of the organization.

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