What’s your reaction when someone tells you it’s time to work on a strategic plan? For some, the mere mention of strategic planning will elicit a groan or a roll of the eyes and spur images of out of touch ‘objectives’ that don’t relate to the institutional needs at all. The truth is that the old-school way of strategic planning often doesn’t involve strategic thinking, or thinking differently at all! Planning and thinking ought to go beyond identifying strengths and weaknesses, and trying to fix immediate problems; strategic planning can be an opportunity to define what is important to a particular campus or department, a chance to get campus constituents talking to each other and a way to define what is important and time to imagine the future. Strategic thinking and planning are more important than ever and are skills for everyone not just the president and the cabinet.

Strategic thinking can even be applied to personal growth and development. In order to bring change to a division, organization, or institution, we have to first change our mindset from ‘what is’ to ‘what can be’. How can individual professionals create goals, create a plan of ‘action steps’, and measure success? What resources do you need to embark on this journey?

Join Gage Paine, Alex Emmanuele, and the rest of the K&A team this Wednesday, January 25th from 6-7pm ET to try out your own strategic thinking experiment! Follow @KeelingHigherEd and #KAedchat to join the conversation.