As the organizational landscapes continue to change every organization needs more strategic thinkers. It is difficult to identify and train employees to be strategic thinking.  In today’s podcast learn more about identifying and training your team to be better strategic thinkers.

 

STUFF WE LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

When interviewing potential candidates in the past HR didn’t have a list of questions you had to ask.  Times have changed! As leaders have to be very careful and intentional when interviewing we no longer can ask those “fun” questions.  See a few of the questions Dr. Bray discuss in this podcast that provide great insight into potential candidates, but now would never make it past HR!

Best Interview Questions

  • If you win the lottery right after this interview what would you do?
  • What do you think about when you’re alone in the car?
  • What’s your favorite ’90’s jam?
  • What were you like in high school?
  • If you don’t get this job what is your backup plan?
  • If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S. which would it be and why?

 

Strategic Thinkers Bring Value in 4 Ways

  1. By being forward looking they ensure the organization is fully prepared for a difficult to predict future.
  2. Their big picture perspective helps a firm avoid major problems and conflicts by connecting the dots.
  3. Their external focus keeps everyone aware of emerging trends in the economy and industry.
  4. They have a global perspective.

Ideas for Screening Strategic Thinkers

  • Give individuals a problem to solve.
  • Ask them to review a flawed strategic plan and ask them to identify any potential problems.
  • Ask specific interview questions.
  • Ask questions that reveal how much they value strategic thinking.
  • Consider questions that they ask you.

Identify strategic thinkers, even yourself!

 

QUOTES BY CHRIS

“A lot of people know the buzzwords, ask them to define those words!”

“You can never have too many strategic thinkers!”

 

ACTION ASSIGNMENTS

Identify if you are a strategic thinker and work toward increasing this skill!


 

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