What is Strategic Thinking? Learn to Think and Act Strategically with OCCAM’s Strategy Razor

Do you have a cohesive view of what strategic thinking really is? Personally, I didn’t, so I decided to map it out. The OCCAM Strategy Framework we’ll look at illustrates the tools, traits, and behaviors I’ve identified as critical, all on one page. You can download the slides here.

Cultivating a strategic mindset

Getting to the heart of strategy without “faking it” is a tall order. It’s more about a strategic thinking process vs. memorizing definitions.

The “S” word (Strategy, in case you’re not following) is often misused and abused. Before we get into OCCAM, you need to be able to define, or at least conceptualize, strategy in some capacity. It’s not so simple. Ask ten different people and you’ll get ten different answers.

Check out this blog post “What the Heck is Business Strategy? 95% of Employees Don’t Know” for some definitions of strategy. The ultimate conclusion of this post is that strategy is a mindset.

How do you develop strategic thinking?

Let’s find out.

In a similar fashion to the O-O-D-A framework used in aviation, the O-C-C-A-M Strategy Razor seeks to create an orientation of where you are, what’s happening, and how you need to make choices and act.

The five-letter acronym spells out Open, Compress, Coordinate, Activate, and Measure.