The recent updates to Harvard ManageMentor offer individuals practical ways to boost their productivity and effectiveness by making strategic thinking an everyday habit.
BOSTON (PRWEB) November 27, 2017
Harvard Business Publishing, developer of world-class leadership development solutions for global companies and organizations, has made key updates to the Harvard ManageMentor® Strategic Thinking topic that foster strategic thinking throughout an organization.
The importance of strategic thinking in business is growing, particularly as organizations are less hierarchical than ever before. The recent updates to Harvard ManageMentor offer individuals practical ways to boost their productivity and effectiveness by making strategic thinking an everyday habit.
Strategic thinking enables people at all levels and in all functions to contribute to the organization’s success. With the increasing pace of change in today’s complex business world, all individuals must keep an eye on the future, not just react to what’s happening in the present. By looking beyond their functional areas, they become aware of the bigger context in which they operate. As more agile learners, they can identify opportunities by challenging their own and their team’s assumptions about how things work in their organization and industry.
In a new blog post, Janice Molloy, content researcher at Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning, uncovers the best practices that need to be put in place in order to develop strategic thinking capabilities throughout an organization:
- Make the time to think strategically: This practice is not always easy in today’s fast-paced business setting, but simply making time to think strategically can improve the ability to generate ideas and implement actions.
- Invite dissent on your team: To make vital decisions, people on all sides of an issue need to speak their minds. When team members know that speaking up is an important part of their jobs, they feel free to provide input.
- Train yourself to think strategically: Learning how to use both convergent thinking – using analysis, logic, and reasoning – and divergent thinking – generating lots of ideas – improves the ability to design and implement strategic actions.
The future will undoubtedly look a lot different from today. No one can predict tomorrow, but by identifying different scenarios, teams can stretch their thinking about what opportunities and threats might emerge, how they might impact the organization, and decide what to do about them. Learning to enact truly meaningful change rather than make incremental improvements begins with strategic thinking.
Also on the Leading the Way blog:
Learning leaders from across Asia Pacific and the Middle East grappled with these and other challenging topics at our Leadership Development Forum in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month. For a recap of the forum, visit Harvard Business Publishing’s Adapt, Innovate, Transform: Key Takeaways From Our Kuala Lumpur Forum blog.
When your leaders play a teaching role, whether related to strategic thinking or any business priority, the upside is tremendous. A leader-as-teacher culture becomes evident to employees, and learning has a much greater impact. To learn more about how to help leaders become teachers in both formal and informal ways, read Harvard Business Publishing’s Helping Leaders Become Teachers is Hard, But It’s Worth It blog. To see other recent blog entries, visit Harvard Business Publishing’s Leading the Way Blog.
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