You may have heard the expression that to get ahead you should “Think Strategically and Act Tactically”. I have heard many people say it, but their activities and actions all show me otherwise.
Let’s do some reflection on what the saying means, then take
ownership of the expression and really start applying the three points
to your actions.
Point #1 – Think Strategically and Act Tactically
are not mutually exclusive, and by no means serial. It’s easy for us to
get wrapped up in activities that won’t benefit us. If you do this you
already started the act tactical – it’s okay to use your strategic brain
to halt the activity and align your activities.
Point #2 – When doing activities the thinking &
acting should be involuntary and iterative. This means that during an
activity you might think a little then act some, then think some more.
This process should be involuntary.
Point #3 – When thinking about activities you are
involved with ask yourself if the activity aligns to your core. If not,
who cares? If you are thinking strategically you’re going to realize a
vision that might not be your own. I will caveat that by saying there
are always problems that are means to an end & must be solved
regardless of the alignment.
you are going to become a strategic thinker you need to embody strategy
and be able to act on it. It isn’t something that you just do when
things aren’t going your way or when you really want something.
Embodiment means that strategic & tactical thinking is involuntary
and a part of you. The next time you evaluate an activity you should
have already considered the key points. If you do so, you are a
“Think Strategically & Act Tactically”: it will take practice but is doable and can help you get ahead.