Here’s What’s on My Mind About Strategic Thinking – What’s on Yours?
Originally published February 27, 2007
In this first posting to the Strategic Thinking Channel here at the Business Intelligence Network, I want to take the opportunity to tell you what’s on my mind and what this channel is all about. I want this channel to complement the other experts here at the Business Intelligence Network. Thus, while there may be some overlap in topics, my goal is to provide context and specificity about strategic thinking on a range of topics, adding a perspective that is, I hope, strategic and practical. One of the wonderful things about the Business Intelligence Network is the range, depth, and experience of the many voices it presents. I’m proud to be one of them.
As professionals, we are always under pressure to deliver work and projects quickly and within budget. Often we decry having a short-term focus rather than building for the long term. We call this “tactical” rather than strategic. Actually, tactics are “any mode of procedure for gaining advantage or success” (Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1), so we act tactically when we have a clear picture of success. This is strategic thinking, and we need to apply it for long-term success.
Here are some areas where I have been applying strategic thinking with my clients and in my work:
I could go on, but for now I hope you get the idea. I like to think about these issues because many business and IT leaders find messages from technical specialists, vendors, and market analysts to be confusing, contradictory, and, sometimes, claptrap. My mission for this channel is to clarify the hype surrounding business and technical issues, think strategically to determine important elements for success, and identify appropriate tactical approaches to apply. In other words, I want to help you to think strategically so your tactical actions are aligned with strategic goals.
I’ve shared some of what’s on my mind with you, and I’d love to hear what’s on your mind, too. Over the years I’ve learned that the real issues come from the front lines, those in the trenches dealing with real-world situations. That is why I’ve always placed such high value on interacting with my clients and helping them with their problems. I look forward to joining you in this channel regularly. Let me know what you are dealing with and I’ll do my best to provide insight. In the near future, I will set up a blog in this channel to converse about these and other topics. Until then you can e-mail at email@example.com.
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