What Does It Mean to Be Strategic?

Businesses, the military, sports teams, and other groups often say that they value good strategic thinkers. But what does it mean to think strategically, and how can those involved in strategic planning processes for their organizations develop effective strategies? What does it take? That question was posed on a social media site frequented by small business people and the responses were interesting—and varied:
• Strategic thinking is about process. If you are consistent and stick to it, strategic thinking will just happen naturally over time.
• [It takes] an iterative process to create a vision for the future and a clear, concise blueprint for realizing that vision. It can be logical or creative.
• Look five ...

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