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Change should not be done for the sake of change -- it's a strategy to accomplish some overall goal. Usually organizational change is provoked by some major outside driving force, e.g., substantial cuts in funding, address major new markets/clients, need for dramatic increases in productivity/services, etc.
1. Allowing too much complacency 2. Failing to create a sufficiently powerful guiding coalition 3. Underestimating the power of vision 4. Undercommunicating the vision 5. Permitting obstacles to block the vision 6. Failing to create short term wins 7. Declaring victory too soon 8. Neglecting to anchor changes firmly in the corporate culture
“ Strategic thinking produces a vision, a profile of what an organization wants to become, which then helps managers make vital choices." From: Strategy Pure & Simple II Michel Robert McGraw Hill Professional Book Group, 1998 Copyright (c) 1998 by Michel Robert.
Strategic thinking is different from strategic planning and operational planning. In fact, strategic thinking is the framework for the strategic and operational plans.
Strategic thinking is the type of thinking that attempts to determine what the organization should look like. In other words, the strategy. Operational planning, and even what has become known as strategic planning, is the type of thinking that helps us choose how to get there.
From: Strategy Pure & Simple II Michel Robert McGraw Hill Professional Book Group, 1998 Copyright (c) 1998 by Michel Robert.
You have to ask the right questions, to get answers that will help develop long term strategies and solutions, not short term remedies and identification of symptoms.
You have to make sure you understand the questions you are asking.
Asking the right questions: an ongoing process
You are not settling for an answer but acting while continuing to think. The world will not wait for thinking to end. To end thinking simply because you must act negates the whole power of strategic thinking. It is an ongoing, natural flow of thought evoked by questions. * What seems to be happening? * What possibilities do we face? * What are we going to do about it?