I talked last week about the need to think about key issues well in advance of them coming to pass. (The example I used was driverless cars saying we, collectively, should be thinking now about the algorithms used to determine the action the car’s systems should take in the event of a potential accident – to save the driver, a pedestrian, another vehicle or….)
But, of course, in other scenarios, thinking is not enough. Lots of companies, for example, have had great strategies crafted by lots of successful strategic thinking – but they have then failed to execute effectively.
So good thinking must be followed by good execution. You need a team around you who can do both. So, look at your team and decide who are the thinkers, who are the executors. Do you have enough of both – and can you act as the link between them. Someone has to!