Strategic jammy dodgers.

The word 'strategy' is bandied around a lot in most industries. It seems that if you're to get anywhere in your job, you need to be seen to be 'strategic'. And I've had quite a few clients tell me that this worries them. That they don't think they have those strategic skills. This is despite the fact that they are very employable individuals who have held down senior roles for some years. Strategy seems to have become a word of mystery that easily evokes feelings of inadequacy. So, what does being 'strategic' really mean? I looked it up:

A plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim. 

Yup, it's a plan. That's all. In any business, you have people who come up with the plan, people who make the plan happen and people who do a bit of both. All of those roles have significance. The plan can't happen without people who know how to execute it. And of course there is nothing to execute without someone having come up with a plan in the first place. Both require a different skillset. Those who execute, tend to be excellent organisers, negotiators, co-ordinators. Those who plan, are often good opinion formers, decision makers, opportunity seekers.

So, let's not shroud this kind of stuff in unnecessary mystery. If you've got ideas, opinions, can make decisions and can see the bigger picture, it's likely that you've got no issues with strategic input. Alternatively, you can always do what most people do when they say they're working on strategy. Have a cup of tea and a jammy dodger.