Summary of “If Strategy Is So Important, Why Don’t We Make Time for It?”

Almost every leader wants to make more time for strategic thinking.
Yet in another study, a full 96% of the leaders surveyed said they lacked the time for strategic thinking.
First, it’s important to remember that strategic thinking doesn’t necessarily require large amounts of time; it’s not about taking endless sabbaticals or going on leadership retreats.
As productivity expert David Allen told me when I interviewed him for my book Stand Out, “You don’t need time to have a good idea, you need space. It takes zero time to have an innovative idea or to make a decision, but if you don’t have psychic space, those things are not necessarily impossible, but they’re suboptimal.”
Even with limited time and the same amount of responsibilities, it’s far easier to think strategically if you can clear the decks by doing simple things such as writing down all of your outstanding tasks in one place, so you can properly triage them and aren’t constantly interrupted by the feeling that you forgot something.
Second, it’s useful to be clear on where your time is actually going.
It’s not the easiest project to keep up, but the resulting data was invaluable in terms of helping me understand exactly where and how I was spending my time.
By becoming aware of the disincentives to make time for strategy – and taking proactive steps to embed strategic thinking into your life and professional schedule – you can stand up for a goal that you, and 97% of other leaders, recognize as critical.

The orginal article.