Strategic: Finding Multiple Paths

The strategic theme from the strategic thinking domain is a specific way of thinking that allows an individual to see relevant patterns, remove ambiguity and obstacles, and quickly create multiple pathways or alternatives. It is a very distinct way of seeing the world.

Those with the strategic theme are curious and muse about the goals to be achieved. The strategic theme is about being prepared for the possibility of changes en route to the destination. Gallup has a very specific definition of strategic. Strategic is about sorting through clutter, noticing patterns, and being able to sort very quickly to the best route forward. Gallup stresses that it isn’t a skill that can be taught. People with high strategic tend to notice patterns and then can quickly play out alternatives and consequences. The speed at which people with the strategic strength can consider, discard, or choose can be disarming and even confusing to many. The strategic thinker uses an extremely quick sorting process and strong intuition to arrive at the best possible solution.

Strategic teachers are talented at figuring out the best way to evaluate curriculum, identify program weaknesses, implement new ideas, or improve school climate. When change is desired, a strategic thinker is desirable! They are naturally attracted to counselling, problem solving, innovation, change, and start-ups. They love the challenge of determining the best way to ensure that the most meaningful learning occurs.

In the community and parish, strategic thinkers are often found in situations where difficult situations need to be addressed or important planning needs to occur.

Students who are strong in the strategic theme benefit from problem solving activities and project based learning where they have the ability to demonstrate and exercise their innovative abilities. They are intellectually and emotionally engaged by complexity and solution finding. They also require direct instruction in knowing how to explain their thinking process to others. Thanks to the fact that they are so quick, others might be put off and even feel threatened by their decisiveness. Helping them to learn to communicate how and why they arrive at decisions is critical for them to be able to work with others because they are essential to any team!