By: Edward T. Reilly, the 17th President and CEO of the American Management Association International, a Special to Overdrive
One of the key characteristics of a strategic thinker is the ability to think concurrently along dual tracks. A strategic thinker must consider and incorporate data that may include short- and long-term challenges, systems and people, and innovation and imitation. This can be challenging to an operational manager since these factors often appear to be in conflict with one another. An effective strategic thinker/manager makes decisions and takes actions, having constantly explored and considered these dualities.