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Strategic Thinking

Definition: Formulates effective strategies consistent with the business and competitive strategy of the organization in a global economy. Examines policy issues and strategic planning with a long term perspective. Determines objectives and sets priorities. Anticipates potential threats or opportunities.

Ideas for Developing this Competency: 

  • Arrange a brainstorming session with staff and/or colleagues to discuss the BLM Strategic Plan goals that relate most closely to your program and evaluate your progress in achieving those goals (discuss obstacles and opportunities).
  • Build your annual goals and objectives around your agency's strategic plan. Make sure they are realistic.
  • Review the strategic plans of other organizations (many are posted on the web).
  • Seek opportunities for assignments that require strategic planning, e.g., volunteer to serve on a task force or planning committee.
  • Select an organizational objective that requires a long-range plan; take responsibility for creating this plan; specify a date by which you intend to complete this plan, measure your progress towards achieving the plan by revisiting the goals and checking your accomplishments.
  • When developing a long-range plan, think about what your products and services will be. Define your primary markets, your customers, and the geographic coverage of your organization in five years.
  • Review the goals in your strategic plan to make sure they are realistic.  Request feedback from others outside of your organization.
  • Identify colleagues who appear to have well-defined strategic plans; speak with them about how they formulated their plans and the strategies they are using to meet their objectives.
  • Develop a "tool box" of strategic thinking techniques.


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