For more than 25 years I have been working with leaders—observing and studying what makes the successful ones different from the ones who fail. One area that I have confidence in really differentiating success is the ability to AUTOMATICALLY think strategically. To quickly take in, process, and act on what is most important.
We all have information coming at us from innumerable directions. Decisions must be made quickly, yet no less carefully than they have in the past. How is this achievable? Structure. Our STAR Model (Strategic Thinking Action Results™) is a disciplined way to think. It allows leaders to quickly screen and then focus on what is most important. It is structure. It creates the freedom to know your decisions are made with confidence. STAR is a tried and true method. In fact, our research has shown that employees self-report a 99 percent increase in their ability to focus on the vital few and being able to streamline from many to a few key issues after the appropriate training.
You may not always bat a thousand in your decision making—no one does—yet our experience leads us to believe that you can better your chances when you follow a structured, proven approach. Ask yourself:
- What am I trying to solve for?
- What do I know to be true—the facts only.
- What can I conclude that is obvious?
- What are my best options?
- What is my decision?
Once made, declare your decision—in writing if possible. Doing so makes it obvious to others. There is nothing worse than making an important decision and no one knowing about it.
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