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  • Strategic thinking is the ability think strategically about the present and future of your organization.
  • Strategic thinkers are distinguished by their ability to analyze patterns, identify trends, see connections, envision future scenarios, and develop creative strategies for accomplishing the mission.
  • Strategic thinkers are also agile, flexible, and creative in anticipating and responding to shifts and changes in the operating environment.
  • Strategic thinkers are not strategic geniuses who enter the room with the right answers.  The best strategic thinkers are able to engage others in creative thinking and collaborative strategy development.
  • Strategic thinking informs strategic planning and strategy execution, but as the name implies, it is more of a mindset than a set of actions.
  • Strategic thinking never ends!