You Should Foster Your Employees’ Strategic Thinking Skills. Here’s Why (and How to Do It)

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To be a leading organisation, you must develop leaders and individuals who possess strategic thinking skills. However, many employees don’t realise how important it is to step up and demonstrate these skills to their wider teams.

How to foster your employees’ strategic thinking skills.

  • Encourage them to get our of their comfort zone and voice their opinion
  • Share all relevant information
  • Reward and recognise suggestions
 

Encourage them to get out of their comfort zone to voice their opinion

Often employees underestimate how much their managers do want to hear their opinions. However they lack the courage to speak up due to feared repercussions. Therefore, managers should be confident that they have created an environment where employees feel:

  • That their peers will appreciate their opinions
  • That there is a safe environment to express their opinions
  • That their opinions will actually be acted upon and not just placed in a dusty suggestion box.
 

Share all relevant information

To elevate employees thought processes above their basic day-to-day contribution.

Leaders should provide their employees with valuable information of the business. Share information about the company’s market, industry, competitors and the issues they face, instead of just the aspirational highlights real. Employees must be aware of emerging industry trends, technical advancements and the challenges that the organisation is facing as a result. With all this knowledge and information, employees can produce the best ideas that will genuinely benefit the business.

Plan a corporate offsite

Get out of the office to boost collaboration and creativity

Whether it’s a team building activity or corporate training day – getting out of the office can help improve collaboration. Teams who don’t usually work together have an opportunity to connect, and the hierarchy of the office is less present. Without the pressure of a formal meeting, people who struggle to speak up may find their confidence as well. Planning a corporate offsite is easier with VenueNow. Their event experts help you find great venues, collect quotes, negotiate pricing and lock in a venue, all for free.

"Strategy Execution is the responsibility that makes or breaks executives”

Alan Branche and Sam Bodley-Scott, Implementation

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