How to move from an operational role to a strategic role.
One of the biggest frustrations many leaders face, is being told that they are not strategic enough. Many ask: What does it mean to be strategic? How does this differ from the work they currently do?
When you move from operational work to strategic work, the biggest difference is one of structure. In an operational job, you are given structure. You can either follow what worked before in your organization, or what the others in your industry are doing today. In a strategic role, you take a leadership position. You need to create your own future. Your own structure. Your own role.
The table below shows some of the differences between an operational and a strategic role.
You will be judged on the contribution you make to helping the organization either prepare for its future, or achieve its future strategy. To do this, you need to understand the organization's business and its strategy.
1. Read as much as you can find about your company's strategy and business.
2. Interview business leaders in your organization - such as the CEO and leaders of divisions or business units.
3. Keep asking yourself. How can I contribute to my organization's ability to be successful in the future?
What will you and your unit or department do to:
If you can answer this question clearly - without using jargon, then you will be perceived as strategic.
If you want to be a leader, learn how leaders think. Read the same books that CEO's are reading.