Thinking & Acting Strategically

Acting Strategically Transforms and Sustains Organizations

Strategic leaders look beyond the process of setting strategy to what comes next.

A well-crafted, well-implemented strategy is essential to an organization’s long-term success. Yet it’s a common misconception that leading strategically is all about making the right choice at the right time.

Managers and executives often struggle to move strategy beyond setting direction or goals and toward an ongoing process of transforming and sustaining the organization.

That’s because thinking strategically and acting accordingly requires different skills and perspectives than those required by day-to-day operational leadership roles.

Thinking strategically as a leader is broader in scope, with decisions that impact areas outside your own functional area, business unit, or even the organization.

It’s future-focused, operating with a far-reaching timetable that integrates short-term results and a long-term focus.

And it’s change-oriented, with results that ripple throughout the organization.

By recognizing opportunities to become a better strategic leader and finding ways to develop strategic thinking, you can play a critical role in supporting your organization’s long-term success.

How Thinking Strategically Can Upskill Your Team

Build Long-Term Success by Acting Strategically

Whether you choose an in-person or virtual strategic thinking in leadership program, your leaders can develop strategic thinking skills through honing these behaviors:

  • Thinking strategically, understanding the complex relationship between your organization and its environment.
  • Acting strategically, taking decisive action consistent with the strategic direction of your organization — despite ambiguity, complexity, and chaos.
  • Influencing strategically, building commitment to the organization’s strategic direction by inviting others into the strategic process, forging relationships inside and outside the organization, and using organizational culture and systems of influence.

Start building a long-term outlook for success at your organization by equipping your team with strategic leadership skills. We can deliver our world-class, research-backed strategic thinking in leadership content to them — or you can.

You Can Deliver Our Thinking Strategically Leadership Content, or We Can

You Deliver

We can equip your facilitators to deliver a workshop or internal training on thinking and acting strategically, either in person or as part of a virtual strategic leadership program, whichever you prefer:

Let’s talk about how you can leverage this proven leadership program content on thinking and acting strategically in a custom internal development initiative

We Deliver

Or, we can incorporate thinking and acting strategically training as part of a larger leadership development initiative for your organization:

Combine with other topic modules and interactive experiences into a customized learning journey for your leaders

Available by request, our highly personalized leadership strategy training program prepares leaders to address common challenges with strategic thinking

What Our Clients Are Saying

Organizations who have partnered with us to develop strategic thinking consistently tell us the same thing: their experience with CCL made a significant impact on their culture — and their bottom line.

But don’t just take our word for it — take theirs.

“We spend a lot of time formulating and implementing our strategy. Our time with CCL allows the senior leaders to step back and reflect on the human impact of our strategic decisions and the implications for the leadership culture necessary to achieve our aims.”

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Walter Bayly


“For me, the biggest ‘a-ha’ was realizing that even though we, as a senior leadership team, are very good at communicating our corporate message throughout the organization, we can use some simple strategies to make sure that everyone not only knows our strategies but lives them. By having the entire team fully embrace their part of the puzzle, we will have more motivated team members.”

Pamela McNamara

VP of Sales, US
Kao Group

Let’s Discuss Thinking and Acting Strategically at Your Organization

Our experts are here to help. Let’s have a conversation about how to develop strategic thinking among leaders at your organization and how our acting and thinking strategically content could help support your development initiatives.

Our Research-Backed Perspective on Thinking and Acting Strategically

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The role of strategic leader requires different skills and perspectives than those required by day-to-day operational leadership roles. Learn the 3 behaviors you must engage in to become a strategic leader.

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