What Is Strategic Thinking?

How to properly allocate resources to achieve a goal, prevent risks and foresee the final result

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What you will get:

Develop a skill necessary for career and personal growth
Learn to make strategic decisions in your everyday work
Analyse your company's strategy and be able to combine your work strategy with it
Be able to demonstrate your brainpower in such a way that your superiors will notice you
Make faster and better decisions

About this course

Thinking strategically means knowing what you want and what you are striving for. It is about being aware of how to use resources, and what it will take to get there. This skill helps you predict the end result. The world is changing rapidly, so the ability to think strategically is becoming more important in your everyday life. Companies employ very different people who need to be brought together and given a vector of movement from point A to point B. However, if the leader doesn't see the end point, the team can go in different directions and waste resources. This can lead to conflicts and missed opportunities. The leader can set a specific goal for the team, and leave the choice of how to achieve it to the members. It is much easier to think of a shorter and less resource-consuming path when you understand where you are going and why. Also, in times when the situation changes unpredictably, and managers’ forecasts fall through, junior and mid-level employees need to quickly adapt to the new circumstances — so they need strategic thinking.

Demonstrating strategic thinking skills indicates that the employee is not making decisions in isolation; they are considering how it might affect other departments, the entire company, or the masses.

Coming up with a strategy that won't do a 180-degree turn in a year or less isn't easy. But you can make a relatively stable global goal, for example, to live a good life in a certain place or work somethere with career prospects. In fact, this is strategy in its purest form: we do not know exactly what will happen tomorrow, but we can learn to understand where to invest time and other resources to achieve what we want.

In this course, you will find practical tips and approaches to help you incorporate strategic thinking into your daily work, balance short-term and long-term goals, and achieve your career goals.

Course structure

Lesson 1. Strategic thinking

17:07 min
1 quiz
1 case

Many people confuse strategy with tactics. This lesson will start with terminology, and you will learn the difference between these concepts. You will see what it means to have strategic thinking and realise what it is for. One of the biggest challenges professionals face is finding time for strategic thinking amidst the hustle and bustle of work responsibilities.

Additionally, you will receive a list of questions to help you with this. You will also be able to take a test to find out if you are a strategist.

Lesson 2. The skills needed to apply strategic thinking

7:03 min
1 quiz
1 case

What does "thinking strategically" mean? What skills do you need to develop this ability? In this lesson, you will get detailed answers to these questions.

In the additional materials, you will find a checklist with ways to help develop a growth mindset. You will also be able to take a test to assess your strategic thinking skills.

Lesson 3. Trends and company strategy

7:29 min
1 quiz
1 case

A crucial step in developing strategic thinking is to become aware of what is happening outside of your job. You need to identify trends within the department, company, industry, and macro environment. This lesson focuses on how to do it right.

In the additional materials, you will find a list of questions about the strategy and development prospects of your company that you can ask your manager. You will also receive a template, in which you can write down your industry trends.

Lesson 4. Strategic planning

7:48 min
1 quiz

Even if your company has clear goals, they may conflict with each other. So how can you learn to set priorities and feel satisfied with a job well done? In this lesson, you will explore the characteristics of strategic planning.

Additionally, you will learn a method that will help you understand which tasks should be prioritised.

Lesson 5. Strategic decision making

4:32 min
1 quiz
1 case

Most decisions can be made more strategic and effective. However, not everyone strives to delve into these methods, when they should. In this lesson, we will teach you the ideal decision flow and how to make your choices more strategic. By reviewing your planning and decision-making records, you can get to know yourself and your team better.

One of the additional materials for this lesson will help you with this. Moreover, you will receive a table which you can use to compare options to make a decision.

Lesson 6. Career strategy

5:28 min
1 quiz
1 case

Building a career strategy is a difficult and many-sided task. Based on the information in this lesson, you can record milestones or adapt your career strategy to any situation.

Lesson 7. Difficult situations at work

7:04 min
1 quiz
1 case

If you are a junior or mid-level employee, you are most often implementing a strategy developed by someone else. There are two most common challenges that you may face along the way: either the strategy is confusing, and you do not fully understand what you are supposed to do, or you feel like there’s something wrong with the strategy. In this lesson, you will look at these two cases and find out what you should do in each of them.

Additionally, you will receive a prompt card for dealing with difficult situations at work.




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