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What is a Strategic Thinker?

What is a strategic thinker? Can you strategic thinking change after receiving a college degree?

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1. What is a strategic thinker?

The strategic thinker is the person who is engaged in strategic planning. Strategic planning is a management tool, period. As with any management tool, it is used for one purpose only: to help an organization do a better job - to focus its energy, to ensure that members of the organization are working toward the same goals, to assess and adjust the organization's direction in response to a changing environment. In short, strategic planning is a disciplined effort to produce fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, what it does, and why it does it, with a focus on the future. (Adapted from Bryson's Strategic Planning in Public and Nonprofit Organizations) (2) However, strategic planning is only useful if it supports strategic thinking and leads to strategic management - the basis for an effective organization.

Strategic thinking means asking, "Are we doing the right thing?" Perhaps, more precisely, it means making that assessment using three key requirements about strategic ...

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This solution explains the concept of a strategic thinker, and if a persons strategic thinking can change after receiving a college degree.