Strategic Thinking Cognitive Map
Strategic thinking has been considered less than other issues and strategies related to the strategy.
Usually, when we hear the name of a strategy, issues such as strategic planning, implementation, and implementation of the strategy, or even strategic control, are in our minds, but strategic thinking has a small contribution.
Even many of the books officially introduced as strategic thinking eventually replicated the details of strategic planning.
In addition, given the importance we attach to strategic thinking, we decided to devote an independent chapter to this discussion.
What is the purpose of strategic thinking?
The goal of the lesson is strategic thinking, teaching thinking, and thinking based on the principles of strategy.
Strategic thinking, as its name implies, teaches us a better way of thinking. Help us better see and evaluate our resources and maximize the opportunities that exist in our environment.
What are the lessons for strategic thinking?
Contrary to some of the complementary lessons that are not available without offering the project in the proposed courses, we do not have any limitations on this subject.
However, we believe that studying and familiarizing with the concepts of system thinking and decision making can help in the deeper understanding of this subject.
At the same time, strategic thinking is a prerequisite for a business strategy lesson, and by studying and learning it can understand the concepts of business strategy better and deeper.
Is strategic thinking useful only for executive executives?
Although many examples of strategic thinking lessons from the business environment have been chosen, strategic thinking is not just to improve business management. From this perspective, gender can be considered as a systematic thinking lesson.
System thinking can also be used extensively in the business environment and effective. But we know well that thinking is not systematically limited to business and can affect other aspects of our lives.
Rich Horwath, whose books are also one of the sources of a strategic supplementary lesson, defines an interesting story.
“Do you see strategic thinking and see yourself as a strategic thinker?”
He asked participants in seminars and seminars.
Interestingly, the response pattern of the respondent is almost always the same.
Senior managers say confidently: Yes! Certainly! Of course!
Intermediate executives shake their heads a little bit, and somehow they confirm them to a certain degree.
Those at the bottom of the organization usually silence this question.
It seems that we were somewhere in the corner of our minds that someone in high standing should be a strategic thinker and someone who has no strategic thinking ability (or not in a position that does not need this ability) )
Strategic thinking is not for managers and is required at all levels of the organization
What is the relationship between strategic thinking and strategic planning?
If you expect a clear and precise answer to this question, unfortunately, your expectation will not be met.
Although writers and thinkers in the field of management simply and repeatedly use the two words of strategic planning and strategic thinking, there is no agreement on the difference between the two and the relationship between the two concepts.
The definition and attribute of strategic thinking vary from source to source.
If you look at the world of books and articles and top masters in this field, you will find four different answers (and even contradictions) for this question.
Prerequisite for Strategic Thinking for Strategic Planning
People like Henry Mintzberg believe that strategic thinking and strategic planning are two different ways of thinking, one of them (strategic thinking) is another prerequisite (strategic planning). In other words, we first understand and understand the strategic thinking of space, and then, relying on strategic planning, we find out what we have learned and operational.
The separation of strategy in thinking and planning is not beneficial
The second group includes people like Michael Porter who argue that strategic thinking is an analytical and fully-designed approach. When you see someone like Porter, you realize that the third concept is used instead of strategic thinking and strategic planning, which is strategic analysis. Michael Porter examines the strategy in two sections:
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