The Strategist’s Perspective: Develop Your Own Unique Own Common Sense

Perspective is the combination of an individual’s personality blended with her point of view. Her perspective is the foundation of all aspects of her strategic thinking: the way she senses her unique situation, makes sense of data, synthesizes, and programs her strategies.

Throughout this book, I have valorized the concepts of being unorthodox, unconventional, nonconformist, and unordinary. A person’s strategic perspective is grounded in their personality, life experiences, and present point of view. No two people will have the same perspective because each person has a unique path in life during which she accumulates resources: experiences, knowledge, attitudes, ambitions, common sense, and outlooks. That path establishes her perspective and influences her strategic thinking.

My advice is to regard your unique self and perspective as a strength. It adds diversity to the organization and, through that diversity, resilience. An individual’s perspective on strategic thinking, combined with her perspective on leadership, provides an important source of power for helping the organization advance its interests.

.…The above is an excerpt from Chapter 10 of How to Think Strategically, available at all major booksellers. The book’s big idea is that strategic thinking is an individual competency that can be recognized and developed. As individuals steadily improve their capacity to think strategically, the organization gains potential to craft strategy that is good, powerful, effective, clever, and nuanced.

“This book has opened my eyes to see that during my career as an engineer, designer and manager, I did more operational thinking than strategic thinking. Thinking more strategically I believe would have greatly benefited my career. The book provides what you need to learn to become a very competent strategic thinker.”
― Bob Engineer – customer review on Amazon

One thought on “The Strategist’s Perspective: Develop Your Own Unique Own Common Sense

  1. I have often more times than not realized of the common sense people have lost in generations past. I may be a dinasour but it is getting harder to stand by with this society/generation that is so influenced by social media and involving themselves in such.
    All my life on occasions people have asked me how to describe myself,,, I’m a practical realist. If there is such a thing, ?? But that is who I am. I wish there was a platform for me to express and educate/inform our younger generation of such. To help people through forums , consultations in how to use common sense mentally, companies to benefit from strategic common sense thinking as I’ve worked for many that I know would blossom with this philosophy. Ready to retire after 48 years construction but have so much to teach in this subject.
    Venting I guess.!!!!!! Cause my true work is not done.

Leave a Reply to Tom Wiersema Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s