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A Practical Approach to Strategic Thinking on Enterprise Value for CIOs

Published: 28 November 2016

ID: G00317301

Analyst(s): Tina Nunno


Strategic thinking is a leadership technique using guided questioning. CIOs can engage their teams and enterprises with strategic thinking to stay focused and navigate daily activities toward the execution of the enterprise strategy without getting lost.

Table Of Contents


  • Strategic Thinking Helps Solve Common CIO Challenges
  • Strategic Thinking Has Two Components: Mental Models and Questions
    • Ask, Don't Tell to Trigger Strategic Thinking
    • Decide If You Want Health, Chocolate or Both
    • Apply Strategic Thinking to Enterprise Value Objectives
    • Avoid the "Happy" Model in Favor of a More Strategic Target
    • Consider an Alternate Mental Model for Value to Elevate IT's Position
    • Line Up Strategic Questions Related to Revenue and Cost
    • Special Uses of Mental Models and Strategic Questions
  • Embrace Strategic Thinking as a Leadership Compass

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