Chess strategy is what makes chess such an interesting game. After the memorized opening moves are played and each player starts to unfold their plan, the real chess begins to take place.
Everyone likes to study opening theories and learning end game Techniques but the middle chess game is where most games are won and lost.
Well the idea of the game is an example in the practical sense of strategic thinking. Think about it, what has really changed in thinking from the little kid you were who knew “nothing” leave alone the tiny little finger that could not even hold a single “sweet”.
The unfortunate part of this is that not much of our thinking influenced the change to who we are today. That being beside the point, however an interesting flow of thought, let’s get to strategic thinking.
Daily action by people reflect a series of thoughts, Individuals and Groups reflect a force behind a thought, Steve Jobs, the cofounder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc was once a tiny terror of third grade, who was later a college dropout and was even fired from the company he cofounded but he managed to turn his many challenges into spectacular successes.
The daily thoughts that influence our actions are very significant in the direction that we move. The thoughts of yesterday might lead to an impressive memory or not, but however much this is true, yesterday is gone and here is today, what are you thinking? Is your mind engaged on today’s results?
Strategic thinking is not about identifying “dots” weather positive or negative but the thought process starts when one starts to connect the dots, being able to see the relationship between actions and results. In fact the bond between actions and results are created in the thoughts that shape our mindset.
Though one may understand the foundation of human thinking it is critical to capture the aspect of thought as professionals. Like the game of football each and every pass is towards the goal, some passes reach the team mate some don’t, with this kind of thinking the aim is always to score.
Setting goals require strategy to actually realize them; strategic thinking connects the goals set to translate them in to actions and finally results.
Strategic thinking is not about thinking in form of Imagination but about thinking in form of actualization. In the world of thought and Psychological behavior every thought is stored either to be manifested or trigger a related thought.
Just how many times do you think and find nothing interesting to do about the thought. Strategic thoughts are followed by actions that lead to the realization of a set goal.
Strategic thinking is only strategic once the action is completed. Just like the game of Chess, strategy is in the mind; however the most important aspect of Strategy is connecting the dots, transformation of the thought in to action and for one to measure the quality of strategic thinking involved the action should be complete to reveal either if it’s a win or a loss.
Planning to win is complemented by moving towards the goal just like the game of chess Strategy is the bottom line that informs action to reach results.