“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”
~ Sun Tzu

Strategic thinking is a systematic draft of steps or actions that help company not only sustain its current position but also achieve its growth targets at the end of a specific period or duration. It involves strategic planning, operational planning, managing resources effectively and identifying your target audience.

Strategic thinking or planning is an inevitable element for the success of any business as it helps both in setting and accomplishing goals. It is mainly a once-in-the-year practice that is marked by creating a document or a guidebook, which the management team refers to during the upcoming year.

Strategic thinking requires an in-depth analysis of your portfolio, strengths, weaknesses, competition, industry outlook and your potential reach to your target audience. You should have the ability to analyze and anticipate possible transformations in the competitive marketplace and identify and capitalize on the emerging opportunities.

A successful strategic thinking involves the following crucial aspects:

Stay Aware of Your Cash Flow or Budget Plan

It is important for small and medium enterprises owners to realize the significance of a cash flow plan. It helps you establish an objective benchmark based on your company’s performance in terms of revenue generated. It, then, helps you plan your budget for marketing and promotion, infrastructure development and other investments required for sustainability of business model.

Review Your Business Strategy Regularly

Your job is not done with just drafting your business strategy. Regular review of the same is equally or even more important. Make sure you review your business strategy every quarter and identify the things that worked and that didn’t work at all. Then, continue with the things that worked well and replace the failed strategies with something better and improved.

Invite Ideas from Your Employees

Why don’t you involve your employees in strategic thinking when you involve them in operations?

Ask suggestions from your employees regarding strategies that are beneficial for the business.
It is not always the management that possesses all the wisdom pertaining to business strategies. Employees also have great ideas but you need to encourage them to take the initiative and come up with their suggestions and ideas.

Identify the Potential of Your Resources

Being an entrepreneur you should have a clear picture of your available resources and their efficiency. It will help you define achievable targets.

For example, if you manufacture hard discs and your manufacturing unit has a maximum production capacity of 1000 units, you cannot take an order that exceeds your production capacity.

The same goes for manpower. If you know the capacity of your resources it will be easier for you to strategize as you can install new machines or hire more manpower in case of an order exceeding your capacity.

Be receptive to the changes

Never forget the market is dynamic. Competition tends to grow. Volatility in the national and local economy also affects your business. Inflation in prices of raw material and inventory increases production costs, leading to a rise in product prices.

All these factors demand your preparedness and advanced strategic thinking to deal with such changes and upheavals to your best possible advantage.

Growth is Expected

Every business eyes growth in terms of higher profitability and greater ROI for the owners. Strategic thinking makes companies plan ahead for growth and introduce innovative ways to achieve higher targets. Employing same old strategies year-after-year is of no use and will make it difficult for you to survive the competition.

Strategic thinking plays a great role in the success of a business. Consult with your CEO peers in a reliable CEO peer group. Industries leaders from non-competitive businesses meet for a CEO conference or CEO association. They share their common problems that are solved by the expert and experienced professionals.

Author's Bio: 

Tom Bordon is a freelance writer who writes about CEO association and CEO conferences. His articles focus on guiding CEOs, COOs on how to manage their time efficiently and make new business plans, exit planning and strategies in a CEO peer group or Executive coaching.