Do you look at organizational opportunities and problems from a broad perspective? Do you keep in mind the potential impact your decisions and everyday business may have on other stakeholders in and outside the organization? Do you take a holistic view of the issues you face in your day-to-day activities? A strategic thinker does all these things and, by doing so, helps an organization reach its strategic goals. But strategic thinking isn’t just for top executives. It’s important that all functional managers, departmental leaders, and professionals in an organization learn how to think strategically. It can help them better manage their business units. With the goal of helping you to develop your capacity to think strategically, this course describes what strategic thinking is – in particular, how it differs from operational thinking and strategic planning. It explores the personal traits of effective strategic thinkers, as well as some barriers to strategic thinking. And it describes ways you can help develop your capacity for thinking strategically by recognizing the importance of being creative, being prepared to deal with the complexity of different levels and views, and being aware of what’s going on inside and outside your organization.