- Embracing the strategic mindset
- Making time
- Learning from the past
- Getting details right
- Strategic thinking with a team
- Measuring success
Skill Level Beginner
- Strategic thinking is a valuable skill for everyone in an organization, but it becomes increasingly essential as you ascend the ladder. In fact, you likely won't be promoted and can't succeed as a leader without it. You stop being evaluated on whether you can implement a task or a project, and you start being asked to conceptualize it and make determinations about what's valuable for you, the company, and other employees to be spending their time on. That is a completely different skillset, yet no one formally teaches you how to do that.
It's not like corporations offer a strategy school. You have to take the initiative to figure it out. That's why we're here today. I'm Dorie Clark. I teach for Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, and I'm the author of Reinventing You and Stand Out. I write frequently for the Harvard Business Review and elsewhere about strategy. And I'm excited to share those insights with you. In this course we'll start by really understanding what strategic thinking is and how you can carve out time to do it. Along the way, we'll explore how to learn from the past and take into account the future when developing your strategy.
And finally, I'll show you how to implement all this with your team. Being strategic and being perceived by others as being strategic matters for your career. So let's make it happen.