Strategic Thinking as a Teachable Skill

Thinking strategically adds value – we know that – but there isn’t some magical class Chess pieceof “strategic thinkers.”

Strategic thinking can be learned – I’ve seen it happen often, sometimes developing from the simple discipline of considering TPG Companies’ 4 questions  of Think/Feel/Know/Do.

David Wilsey from Balanced Scorecard Institute makes a good argument for the teachability and learnability of strategic thinking in his thoughtful post, Identify Strategic Thinking with One Simple Question.

There are plenty of ways to build the strategic thinking muscle, and Wilsey offers his Institute’s certification program as one of those. I’m right there with him on his culminating statement, though: “The transition for many teams from always focusing on tactics and actions to always starting with the big picture and working down can be quite profound.”

About Paul Kirpes, TPG Companies

For over 35 years, Paul J. Kirpes, Founder and President of TPG Companies, has transformed businesses, corporations, communities, and ventures in the private and public sectors throughout the U.S. as well as internationally. Paul empowers companies, their owners, and leaders to Transform, Perform and Grow!
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2 Responses to Strategic Thinking as a Teachable Skill

  1. Tim Wolski says:

    I’ve found that strategic thinking is much more likely than executing strategically. In an enclosed environment, say a conference room, given the right information and asked the right questions most groups can come up with a decent strategic thought process. The next day, under the light of day they wander away from their strategic plans. Too many burning bushes to extinguish.

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