Do you know what strategy is?
Do you know the difference between strategy and a tactic?
Strategy is a concept people use a lot when they talk about how they are going to accomplish something. Most of the time they are describing tactics . . . not strategies.
Understand the difference!
Strategy is a bigger picture philosophy on how you might accomplish a goal and tactics are the actions within the philosophy that will help you reach it.
A few examples:
A weight loss strategy I have is to focus on calorie burn. The tactics I will use will be running and kick boxing.
Because the opposing team’s run defense is weak our strategy is to run the ball 75% of the time and pass it 25% of the time. Options, sweeps, draws, and traps are all tactics that will help us accomplish the goal.
A sales professional identifies that CEO’s of senior living organizations are a great fit for their services. Their strategy is to focus their attention on the senior living industry. Social media, direct mail, phone calls, and event invitations are tactics they will use to get their attention and create awareness.
In my experience, people don’t understand strategy, they understand tactics. Short term success might be dependent upon tactics, but long term and sustainable success will be dependent on your strategy.
What is your strategy?
What’s your strategy to be the leader you need to be to live the life you want to live?
It’s easy to create your daily or weekly to-do list, but what are you basing that off of? What is your 2 year vision? What do you want your life to look like when you’re 30, 35, or 40? Most people create their daily and weekly to do list off of today’s demands rather than tomorrow’s dreams. This is bass ackwards!
Today’s tactics must align with your vision strategy!
This morning I came across a great article at Inc.com that discusses this, as well has a great video talking about “Making Bold Moves”.
6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers
- Think Critically
We live in a quick fix, easy out, path of least resistance, and instant gratification society. People make choices for today with little thought of tomorrow. When you understand strategic thinking and the importance of creating a vision, everything you do will give you instant gratification because it’s more purposeful and contributes to the strategic vision for your world.
Become a strategic thinker!
How strategic will you be by 30?