Should Business and Political Leaders be Strategic Thinkers?


 
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Should Business and Political Leaders be Strategic Thinkers?
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, SIG Leader
Top politicians like to announce bold actions. But will that make them successful when they are not thinking strategically? Thinking strategically does not mean pure action, but taking into account all possible outcomes not just for the plan, but from other parties as well by taking their responsiveness into account. There is always a tradeoff between goals. What serves one social group, might harm another.

Here are some examples of what I mean:
  • Increasing interest rates prevents an economy from overheating, but it affects investments as well.
  • Increasing import tariffs might protect an industry, but it will not help to increase exports, nor does it make companies more efficient and competitive.
  • Every politician wants to make his country greater, generate jobs, increase welfare, but does he really understand what it takes to achieve these goals? Pure intention is never enough.
  • Strategy is about choices. Can a politician suc...
 

 
Yes, Business and Political Leaders Should be Strategic Thinkers
Dmitriy, Entrepreneur, Russian Federation, Member
I agree with you. Leaders and countries and companies must think and act strategically.
To analyze the positive and negative sides of the influen...
 

 
Need for Strategic Leaders
abderrazak, Manager, Algeria, Member
I would start with this "What serves one social group might harm another", that's why all the political leaders must think and act strategically and f...
 

 
Political Leadership is a Function of Heart, not Head
Ayele Abdata, Manager, Ethiopia, Member
I share Bernard Keim's idea. Both business and political leaders can employ strategic methods to achieve their goals.
But a political decision is...
 

 
Top Leaders Have to Be Strategic Thinkers
NYAMEKA MAKITSHI, Manager, South Africa, Member
Yes, top leaders, including politicians must be strategic thinkers. In politics, the leaders are running the country and they must consider the circum...
 

 
Making a Difference in the Long Run
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, SIG Leader
One of the challenges with strategy in politics is, that (corporate) politicians like to talk about their strategy to play their tactical games. Using...
 

 
Leaders Should Think Strategically and Act Tactically
dr. muna salim, Professor, Iraq, Member
Yes, they should be thinking strategically in achieving their goals while acting tactically in implementing their plans.
In this way the accompli...
 

 
Brexit Tells It's Own Story
James Graham, Business Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
Bernhard, before answering the question, one needs to decide what strategy means in this context - is it (a) acting in the best interest of the whole ...
 

 
Leader in an NGO
Mohammad Naeem Arbab, Student (MBA), Afghanistan, Member
NGO leaders often face extraordinary challenges – both at a personal and organisational level. These challenges are demanding, and distinct from those...
 

 
National Differences in Strategy and Leadership
David Harland, Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
I was wondering if anyone had any thought on regional or national differences in approach to strategy. I'm in the UK, so that's where I have gained th...
 

 
Leaders have to be in Touch with Economic Principles
Helen Strong, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
Whether authentic leaders are in business or politics, it is impossible to operate successfully without having a strategic approach. In our country, q...
 

 
In Leadership, Strategy Follows Vision
Purna Chandra, Business Consultant, India, Member
Whether we talk about political or business leadership, its objective is to accelerate and sustain growth/welfare of society.
That requires a VIS...
 

 
Leaders must Continuously Think and Act Strategically
Gandhi Heryanto, Management Consultant, Indonesia, Member
A business or political leader must have the ability to think and act strategically.
Thinking and acting strategically require you to not think a...
 

 
Differences of Strategic Planning Arise from the Complexity of the System
Dmitriy, Entrepreneur, Russian Federation, Member
@David Harland: Well, if an economy or business or system is complex, contains many interrelated elements and relati...
 

 
Politicians Must Be Different from Business Leaders
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, SIG Leader
@Ayele Abdata: I think you have got a point. Voters have a choice. Politicians - once elected - have less as the po...
 

 
Brexit Shows the Difference in Strategic Leadership
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, SIG Leader
@James Graham: I agree Brexit has been driven by wishful thinking, not by hard facts. But the outcome of the vote d...
 

 
Brexit Shows the Difference
James Graham, Business Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
@Bernhard Keim - although I see your perspective, note that the Brexit referendum was not binding and thus not a 'de...
 

 
Preparing the Strategy is Most Important
Mohammad Naeem Arbab, Student (MBA), Afghanistan, Member
@David Harland: Thanks, actually I think we should spend more time on preparing the strategy than on implementing it...
 

 
Let's Sharpen the Discussion!
Jaap de Jonge, CEO, Netherlands, Editor
This is turning out to be a very interesting thread. So far we seem to agree that:
1. Strategy is importa...
 

 
Does a Leader have to be a Strategist Personally?
Dmitriy, Entrepreneur, Russian Federation, Member
@Jaap de Jonge: The answer to your question depends on which organizational structure we are considering.
If we...
 

 
Why are Leaders not Thinking Strategically while they Should?
Dmitriy, Entrepreneur, Russian Federation, Member
Colleagues, undoubtedly, organizations (commercial, political) and their leaders should use strategic planning in their work. Is this to be discussed?...
 

 
The Best Very Rarely Rise to the Top
David Harland, Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
In the Washington Post, July 2015, in an article on Accenture's move away from staff performance appraisals, the following appeared:
“Employees t...
 

 
Leaders Need Strategic Wisdom and Tactical Human Skills
Mike Allen, Interim Manager, United Kingdom, Member
I live in both business and political worlds and the leader who lacks wisdom can do all the strategy and tactics he or she can do, but without the wis...
 

 
Strategy is the Core of Leadership
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, SIG Leader
@Dmitriy: A good leader is always a strategist. To understand this claim, think of an organisation where the...
 

 
Leaders Cannot Alway Take the Strategic Decisions they Would Like
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, SIG Leader
@Dmitriy: What leaders do depends on how they are seen and measured. Strategic decisions help the company to stay i...
 

 
Why Leaders Should Have a Convincing Long-Term Strategy
Jaap de Jonge, CEO, Netherlands, Editor
@Bernhard Keim: I agree that measuring and judging Politicians by last news event / media poll and CEOs by last quar...
 

 
So Maybe the Whole Problem is in Methodology?
Dmitriy, Entrepreneur, Russian Federation, Member
Can the root of the problems lie in the methodology? I'll share the story. When we decided to develop the strategy of our organization in the Russian ...
 

 
Theories and Methods are not Immutable Laws
David Harland, Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
@Dmitriy like you I know lots of people that can recite all the theories and methods. But few understand them; even fewer critique them in terms how t...
 

 
All Models are Wrong, Some Models are Useful
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, SIG Leader
@David Harland: Edwards Deming (the father of the “Quality movement”) once uttered: “All models are wrong, some mode...
 

 
Leaders Must Be Visionary
Ayele Abdata, Manager, Ethiopia, Member
Leading with a vision is an intrinsic personal trait. A leader who has a vision knows ...
 

 
There is no Striking Definition of Strategy
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, SIG Leader
@Dmitriy: Don't be surprised by your findings, but there is no clear and enlightening definition of strategy.
...
 

 
Vision is not Enough
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, SIG Leader
@Ayele Abdata: Having a vision does not prove it right. A vision is important for communicating intentions, but it ...
 

 
In our 21st Century it is Possible to Formalize the Algorithm of Strategy Development
Dmitriy, Entrepreneur, Russian Federation, Member
@David Harland: I do not believe that in our 21st century, the age of high digital technologies, it is impossible to...
 

 
Strategy is Sensitive to Context
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, SIG Leader
@Dmitriy: I have been in the business of strategy formulation for quite a while and I have never found two companie...
 

 
Strategy by Computers? Impossible
Eugene Laslo, Consultant, Hungary, Member
@Dmitriy: I can assure you that what you say is simply impossible and never, not even in 1,000 years from now, will ...
 

 
Past not Necessarily and Predicate of Future Outcomes
David Harland, Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
@Dimitriy: Bias and false assumption is a significant issue in much of the work around data process, big data, predictive algorithms, etc. There was a...
 

 
Let Me Say a Few Words in Defense of my Point of View
Dmitriy, Entrepreneur, Russian Federation, Member
Gentlemen, I give up 😃.
But still I want to say a few words in defense of my point of view.
@ Bernhard...
 

 
Bounded Rationality
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, SIG Leader
@David Harland: You might have a look on the article on
 

 
Defining Strategy is Applied Philosophy
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, SIG Leader
@Dmitriy: You don't need an algorithm do develop a strategy. Just keep the following "Golden Questions" in mind:
 

 
If Only it Were True
Ivan Kohlinsky, Management Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
Unfortunately both business and political leaders need to show 'wins', 'action' to appease their electorate, shareholders, investors, backers etc etc....
 

 
Things are Changing
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, SIG Leader
@Ivan Kohlinsky: Short term wins - albeit causing troubles on the long term - are indeed enticing. On the one hand,...
 

 
Yes, Politicians & Managers Should Be Strategic Thinkers
Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
Agreed pure intention is never enough. Political success does come from promising most to the most. Cultures do not change, and productivity can be in...
 

 
 


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