DCL 4.3 Instruction | Release the Power of Strategic Thinking
Video Presentation: Todd Mullins, Lead Pastor and Shaun Blakeney, Student Ministry Pastor, Christ Fellowship, Florida
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible reveals the implementation of God’s strategic plan for the redemption of fallen humankind. The promised Messiah, the virgin birth, the sacrificial Lamb on the cross, the victorious resurrection, the ascension back to Heaven, the birth of the Church at Pentecost, the gospel preached to the Gentiles and the Second Coming of our Lord are key parts of God’s strategic thinking.
Strategic thinking can be observed in the ministries of Moses, Joshua, Nehemiah, David, Jesus, Paul and other biblical leaders. Sadly, today, many leaders spend more time planning their next holiday than planning their lives. It is often said: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Strategic thinking is crucial to good planning. Strategic thinking enables a leader to maximize his strengths, become more efficient and find the most direct path to achieving his goals.
Benefits of Strategic Thinking
1. Strategic thinking is planning at the highest level.
2. Strategic thinking requires you to ask the right questions.
3. Strategic thinking prompts you to talk to the right people.
4. Strategic thinking sharpens your focus.
5. Strategic thinking prepares you for an uncertain tomorrow.
6. Strategic thinking is the bridge that links where you are to where you want to be.
7. Strategic thinking reduces the margin of error.
8. Strategic thinking provides direction.
9. Strategic thinking gives credibility.
10. Strategic thinking increases your potential for success.
11. Strategic thinking increases your influence with others.
12. Strategic thinking provides confidence for the leader and his team.
It has often been said that the one with the plan is the one with the power. It doesn’t matter in what activity you are engaged, the strategic thinker will gain major influence. People want to follow a leader with a good plan. If you possess a position of leadership in any organisation, strategic thinking is essential.
How to Release the Power of Strategic Thinking
1. Break down the issue into manageable parts.
2. Ask “Why” before “How.”
3. Ask probing questions to identify the real issues.
4. Inventory your resources (money, people, supplies, abilities, etc.).
5. Develop your plan.
6. Put the right people in the right place.
7. Become a continuous strategic thinker.
- Does your calendar include specific blocks of time for strategic thinking? If not, take the necessary steps to make time for strategic thinking on your calendar.
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