I have been reflecting on my daily activity as a leader of my organization. I try to think long term and strategically in order to best serve my faculty, students, and community. At one of our administrative meetings we said, “how great could this place be if we stopped putting out everyone else’s fires?” How true a statement this can seem sometimes if we let ourselves be consumed by other peoples problems or inefficiencies. I came across an article from HBR and it states:
Rich Horwath, CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute, found in his research that 44% of managers spent most of their time firefighting in cultures that rewarded reactivity and discouraged thoughtfulness. Nearly all leaders (96%) claimed they lacked time for strategic thinking, again, because they were too busy putting out fires.
I continued reading and gained some good tips to utilize strategic thinking and specifically, “extract themselves from day-to-day problems and do the work that aligns their job with the company’s strategy. They need to be armed with insights that predict where best to focus resources. And they need to build a coalition of support by inviting those who must execute to disagree with and improve their strategic thinking.” This was worth the read.