How does one think strategically? In short: preflect and reflect. OK, preflect isn’t really a word … yet. But if to reflect is to contemplate back in time, then to preflect is to contemplate forward in time. Thinking strategically is about contemplation. And asking questions about performance and results.
Look backward …
What happened? Why? What variables influenced what happened? Which of those variables could have we influenced? How? What would have resulted?
… and forward …
If we do nothing different, what’s likely to happen? Why? How can we influence what will happen? If we do, what is likely to result?
Why? What if? Contemplate and question. Continually. That’s strategic thinking.