We so easily forget the dictum 'the exemption that proves the rule'. A common thinking error is to assume that if something is or isn't true for you or someone you know, then it is or isn't generally true for most people. So if I say to someone something like: "You know most people clean their teeth before they retire to bed", they might come back at me: "Well, I don't agree because I don't and nor does my Aunt Beatrice (bless her cotton socks and fetid breath)". This seems crazy in this context, but if you watch out for it you'll see proof by selected instances all over the place. I said that I fell down the stairs as a child but have never (as I write) been run over by a car - it would be silly of me then to infer that deaths on the roads happen less often than death from stairs.
The greatest and most successful organizations in the world, over many years and decades, would think ahead and encourage great strategic thinking at least somewhere in their business plans. However, the challenge to that in too many organizations today is the \"self-centered,\" \"greedy,\" and too often \"unethical\" focus on the short-term measures of the current year's bonus and dividend. A sustainable successful future requires much more, no matter how big or small your business is, and a major requirement is strategic thinking. Therefore, I strongly recommend that you develop these eleven (11) critical skills of a strategic thinker to use in your business and personal life to ensure success.