Fostering Strategic Thinking on Your Team

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  • 0:04 Brain Freeze
  • 1:07 Stimulate the Mind
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Instructor: LeRon Haire
In this lesson, we'll address and analyze different methods that can be used to help foster strategic thinking while working together as part of a team.

Brain Freeze

Have you ever eaten something extremely cold, such as ice cream, and eaten it at a fast pace? Do you recall that uneasy feeling of having a brief but intense headache? Well, the term that is often used for that feeling is called brain freeze. There can also be other forms of brain freeze that are not related to physical pain.

Brain freeze can also be used to describe when someone is unable to clearly focus or think about something specific. Brain freeze is often compounded when someone is participating as a member of a team. Due to the various opinions of multiple people, it is easy to understand just how easy it can be for brain freeze to take effect as part of a team. This becomes even more important when it comes to strategic thinking.

The term strategic thinking can best be defined as a process that an organization uses that incorporates methods to achieve and sustain success for long-term goals. When participating as a member of a team, what methods could be used to help foster strategic thinking for your team? Let's take a look at some of the different techniques that can be used to help with this task.

Stimulate the Mind

Have you ever heard of the phrase use it or lose it? If you haven't, this means just what it says. If you don't actively use something (such as your joints as you get older), it has a tendency to gradually be of no use to you, as you age. The mind is a great example of something that has to be used or stimulated in order for it to remain functional. Similar to a car battery needing to be re-started or stimulated with jumper cables, the mind also needs a re-start for it to perform at its highest level. The following are some examples of how individuals in teams can stimulate the mind in order to foster strategic thinking.

  • Brain teasers and puzzles: Brain teasers are puzzles and riddle-type games designed to stimulate thinking skills in order to solve the puzzle.

  • Read instead of watching something: The team members should read articles and information on their specific project instead of watching videos that cover it (like YouTube). Reading is renowned for sharpening thinking skills.

  • Group meditation: When meeting as a team, it's important that each person's mind is free from clutter. By implementing some simple meditation, each member can relax and prepare their minds for strategic thinking.

Effective Communication

Have you ever seen a football game where the entire team, including the coach, was silent during the entire course of the game? Obviously, the answer is no, because without effective communication on the field between team members, there is no way that the team would be able to function properly.

As such, effective communication is also just as important for teams in the workplace. Communication is useful not only because it helps people to understand their duties, but also because it can help teams foster strategic thinking in the following ways:

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