What does it mean to think strategically?
If you’ve ever played Monopoly, the infamous family board game, you recall the goal is to remain financially solvent by buying and developing pieces of property, which eventually force your opponents into bankruptcy.
With the above goal in mind you might formulate a question “How can I buy and develop properties as quickly as possible?” and then play strategically towards that goal.
If a player asks you to trade properties, you might consider “How will this impact my ability to buy and develop properties as quickly as possible?”
To optimize for the best outcomes you might buy key properties with high rent potential as soon as possible.
To mitigate risks you might try to stay in jail as long as possible to avoid landing on expensive properties, where you might not be able to afford rent.
And once you’ve played a few games of Monopoly you’ll notice the outcome of the game favors early risk takers significantly.
(This pattern is helpful if you ever wanted to create a flow chart or algorithm for strategic decision making in Monopoly.)
Moral of the story, being a powerful strategic thinker has a lot to do with frameworks, focus on the end goal, and thinking holistically.
It is a critical role in helping you accomplish your goal and ultimately, win.
Leverage strategic thinking.