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Strategic Thinking

DEFINITION 

Innovating through analysis of issues and trends and how these link to responsibilities, capabilities, and potential of the organization.
 

Proficiency Levels

(Use these to find learning content on this page that is best suited for you. See the ECA and WFD Continuum for more.)

You have the ability to think both logically and creatively to assess organizational opportunities and needs.

You use industry best practices and trends to recommend ways to achieve high-impact results.

You understand emerging challenges and opportunities, understand available options, formulate objectives, and determine the direction to achieve strategic objectives. You avoid rushing to conclusions and judgement.

You are able to anticipate emerging challenges and opportunities. You develop a clearly focused strategic vision. You use experiences and knowledge to more efficiently and effectively tackle strategic issues.

You exemplify open-mindedness to all ideas without prioritizing your own ideas. You recognize internal and external subtleties, political and otherwise, to guide future direction and leverage opportunities for the organization.

Learning ContenT

Access our library of on-demand content for this competency here!

Infographics provide a visual representation of information related to their topic of learning. They are often used in support of training activities, such as formal courses or independent studies, but may also be useful for employees as stand-alone resources.

 

Name

Awareness / Basic

Intermediate

Advanced / Expert

Four Components of Strategic Thinking

 

 

Prepare, Practice, and Present Your Strategic Thinking

 

 

Strategic Alignment Matrix

 

 

Strategic Priority Matrix

 

 

These study programs were developed to be completed by employees independently at their own pace. Please visit each page for additional information regarding registration and participation.

 

Name

Awareness / Basic

Intermediate

Advanced / Expert

Developing Your Strategic Vision    

Job Aides provide tailored task guidance and support, at the moment of need, as part of work. Examples include handouts, instructional guides, "cheat sheets," or other performance support materials.

 
Name Awareness / Basic Intermediate Advanced / Expert

4 Tips to Incorporate Strategic Thinking

 

 

These 5 – 10 minute podcasts include facilitated discussions on select competency-related topics. They contain tips and techniques listeners can learn and quickly apply on-the-job.

 

Name

Awareness / Basic

Intermediate

Advanced / Expert

Communicating Your Key Message

 

 

Presenting Your Vision With Clear and Powerful Communication

 

 

Up Your Strategic Thinking Game in Just 5 Minutes a Day

   

These short informational videos include whiteboard animations and other tutorials on topic related to this competency.


Note: Users will need to disconnect from NMCI or ONE-Net to view YouTube videos.

Name

Awareness / Basic

Intermediate

Advanced / Expert

Creating a Strategic Priority Matrix

 

 

Creating Strategic and Capability Alignment

 

 

Critical Thinking and Emotional Intelligence

 

 

Strategic Doing: Creating Results with Clear Communication

 

 

You can participate in recorded interactive webinars and complete learning activities in real-time through the offerings below. To complete any webinar, you will need to access and complete all listed learning materials listed for each.

 

Name

Awareness / Basic

Intermediate

Advanced / Expert

Making Strategic Thinking Part
of Your Daily Routine
Slides: For live sessions    

Workbook: For both live and recorded
sessions

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