4 Steps of Strategic Thinking – In a Nutshell

1- Determine Objectives

a) Determine Ends
b) Realize Strategic Aims
c) Create Value System

2- Gather Intelligence

a) Recon* the Strategic Environment
b) Recon* Opponent’s Capabilities
c) Compare Individual/Opponent Capabilities

3- Choose Course of Action

a) Consider all Legitimate Options
b) Determine Probabilities of Success
c) Choose Minimum Risk, Max Profit
d) Consider Friction Possibilities

4- Experiment and Practice

a. Note Unforeseen Counters
b. Note Unexpected Friction
c. Update Intelligence
d. Update Objectives & Strategic Aims


* Recon: Reconnaissance, a military term for gathering information.



About Amr Badran

An Egyptian Business Consultant and Corporate Trainer since 1997. I've trained on Management, Leadership and Soft Skills to thousands of people from many nationalities, backgrounds and professions in more than 10 countries across the Middle and Far East. I've also provided my consultancy service for issues of Strategic Planning, Marketing, Sales and Capacity Building. Holder of an MBA and a Candidate for Doctorate in Business. Find more about my Management and Personal Skills Courses at AmrBadran.com and feel free contacting me at Amr@AmrBadran.com
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