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10 Ways to Be More Strategic

10 Ways to Be More Strategic

Do you consider yourself strategic? If not, it’s definitely a skill you should work on, because that’s the kind of worker that employers want to have on their team. In fact, if you’re not a strategic thinker, you could be rising to the top of the disposable employee list.

I’m not sure if being strategic is something you are born with or not. I think some people are definitely better at it than others, but can you get better at being strategic? Of course. Here are 10 things to try.

  1. Take chances. Don’t just always do the same things, the same way. Status quo won’t get you to the next level.
  2. Think outside of the box. It’s pretty cliché, but try to think differently. Turn things upside down. Consider all the angles.
  3. Always add value. Strategic thinkers are always looking for ways to improve a process, make more money, etc.
  4. Look for ways to beat the competition. How can you be better than everyone else?
  5. Consider the big picture. Don’t work in a silo. Having a broader vision will help you and your company.
  6. Find answers. Seek out explanations and solutions. Just because they are not right in front of you doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make the effort.
  7. Try not to get stuck in a rut. It can be hard not to get caught up in the daily grind. Look for ways to take on new projects and expand your horizons.
  8. Surround yourself with great thinkers. Talk to other strategic, innovative thinkers. It can help your own thought process.
  9. Constantly question things. Get comfortable asking “Why?” Challenge how things are done.
  10. Listen to others. Evaluate the opinions of others. You can’t solve everything on your own.
  11. Try out a few of these things. Maybe someone will notice. If nothing else, you will have broadened your way of thinking and probably learned a few things.

How are you strategic? What are you doing that makes you stand out from the pack? Let us know in the comments!