Derek LaFever Provides Tips to Improve Your Strategic Thinking Skills
Developing your ability to strategize in an effective manner takes time, and the process begins mentally; before you initiate any strategies in question, you need to ensure that you have the right mentality to approach the process. Derek LaFever, the Senior Director of Information Technology & Strategic Planning at FOX Architects, has an overview that will help you change your methods of thinking in order to enhance your ability to strategize within your company.
The best strategies always require the most up-to-date information possible. In the business world, this translates to a willingness to take a proactive approach by thoroughly exploring your company’s internal and external operations and observing common obstacles. Staying on top of current issues will allow you to develop a corporate level strategy, but it is not enough to focus only on your own company. Take the time to broaden your understanding of the industry by analyzing business drivers and current marketplace trends.
The Right Perspective
In order to formulate strategies that will accomplish your intended goals, it is necessary to remain as objective as possible as you go through the motions of examining data and determining a comprehensive plan of action. To do so, you need to be willing to consider all of the possible outcomes of a particular strategy, regardless if they are good or bad, likely or unlikely. By being able to ask difficult questions, such as what will happen if your strategy fails outright, you will have a much clearer insight to put towards crafting strategies that maintain sensibility while still being as ambitious as possible.
While being able to create effective strategies is a skill unto itself, it is essential to remember that it is just as vital to be able to communicate them in a way that allows everyone to see the core of what you intend to accomplish. By applying the principles of structure, logic, and order, you will be able to maintain clarity in what you say to others, creating a better sense of understanding between you and your peers. Ideally, you will be able to stimulate discussion in the way that you communicate, so that others can contribute their thoughts on your strategies; this way, not only is everyone actively thinking about your plans, they are also exercising their ability to strategize on their own.
Successful strategies require a significant amount of time and effort. Likewise, the ability to manage your time efficiently can be the difference between a good strategy and a great one. Derek LaFever recommends taking time each day to collect your thoughts and think in isolation; these moments of reflection can be when you see your strategies most clearly, identifying any potential weaknesses with ease and brainstorming the subsequent solutions. By remembering to sharpen the saw, your strategies will become more effective than ever.
With over 20 years of experience as a hands-on corporate IT leader, Derek LaFever has highly effective management skills, providing oversight in the form of cutting-edge business strategies.