Strategic Thinking is a way of thinking that allows people to view the big picture and create alternative ways to proceed. It is the process of using one's mind to consider or reason a plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim.


  • Why Should You Learn about a Thinking Skill?
  • Who Should Think Strategically?
  • Why Should You Learn about Strategic Thinking?
  • Can Strategic Thinking Be Learned?
  • How Can You Develop Strategic Thinking?


"Thinking is the ultimate human resource." - Edward De Bono  

"Strategic planning is not strategic thinking. Indeed, strategic planning often spoils strategic thinking, causing managers to confuse real vision with the manipulation of numbers." - Henry Mintzberg

"Outward circumstances do not determine the course of our lives as much as the thoughts that habitually occupy our minds" - Howard W. Hunter

"'Provident living' ... implies the [conserving] of our resources, the wise planning of financial matters, full provision for personal health, and adequate preparation for education and career development, giving appropriate attention to home production and storage as well as the development of emotional resiliency. ... If we live wisely and providently, we will be as safe as in the palm of His hand." - Spencer W. Kimball

"It is good to look to the past to gain appreciation for the present and perspective for the future." - Gordon B. Hinckley

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