Strategic thinking requires a manager to learn about the wider system in which they work, as well as the broad developments (Political, Economic, Sociological, Technological, Legal and Environmental) that may impact on their work, and to look ahead to see what different scenarios, challenges or opportunities may emerge. Managers need to consider the implications of their decisions and plans beyond their immediate effect and how they contribute to the bigger picture, e,g. how does your team or department impact other parts of the University and how do changes and plans elsewhere relate to your area of responsibility. What’s the effect now, later and in the future?
Please now complete one or two activities to further develop your skills and confidence and find ideas for reflecting on and building your practice in the selected area.