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“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ― Quote by Late legend Coco Chanel, House of Chanel Europe.

If you think that strategic thinking/planning is only for senior management of a company, you are so wrong. Age or title has nothing to do with honing the skill to ideate/plan / strategize etc. In fact, the earlier you burnish this skill, the better for your rise professionally. It's not too early to start the process and to help you kick start the process we have put forth some helpful tips. Let's read about them.

Listed below are some vital tips on how to improve thinking skills: 

  • Be in a learning mode always. To be a thinker and to hone the skill, everyone needs a deeper understanding of their industry, contexts, and trends. Make it a habit to study and synthesize the trends that you come across in your daily work. For example, in the tourism field, if you notice any trends to do with destinations, categories of hotels, demographics, are receptive to ideas & trends and capitalize on them. Be aware of the issues that surface often in your department and process the common hurdles faced by your colleagues. Networking within the organization and with others in the industry is a good way to get different perspectives on your industry and it's way of functioning. Comprehend the information and perspective that your role offers and mark its ramifications on the overall company strategy. 

  •  Introspect with thought provoking questions. With a clearer understanding of trends and topics, you can hone your thinking skills with questions like “How do I increase what I know?” For improving your thinking skills, questions are the route. With life and its experiences, everyone has their own unique perspectives, thoughts, etc that may have a limited vision/reach.  So by introspection and questioning oneself, you are broadening your skills for knowledge & learning. Curiosity and exploring every topic from different angles, you are open to myriad possibilities, approaches, and solutions to an issue. 

  • Speak with restraint, thought, and intelligence. Communicate (verbally and non verbally) with gravitas, clarity, and structure. Communication is intended to convey your message to the audience in the right way and with simplicity. Avoid tech jargon, it's best to stay miles from it. Speakers add fresh perspectives to conversations and leave their audience in a thinking mode or enquiry mode. Formulate architecture to all forms of communication.  Your flow must be in a logical manner and be brief (yet lucid). Don’t drone on and on, or bore your listeners. 

  • Prioritize life and tasks. Instead of taking on more than you can choose or running helter-skelter like a headless chicken, step back and remove certain tasks/chores that can be delegated to someone else. Reassess your priorities and work accordingly. You need time to mull, dwell, think and ideate. By creating such time periods on a daily basis, you are on your way to becoming a strategic thinker. 

About the Author

Rahul Ray

Rahul is a seasoned consultant in travel, transport and hospitality sector subject matter expert with over 20 years of experience and constantly challenging himself to re-define travel distribution and channels, Dedicated Son, Love Nature and Politics both

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