What America's Wars Teach Us About The Importance of Strategic Decisions

By General (Retired) Dennis Reimer, Monday, May 18, 2020

*This article was originally published by Chief Executive* 

As organizations face new challenges, such as the Covid-19 virus, it is critical that leaders plan strategically about the future. The future will change – but not without risk. A good strategic plan focuses on where the organization is today, where we want it to be in the future given the environment we operate in, and then plotting the road map from here to there. A leader must plan for a desired outcome but also consider the risk profile associated with that strategy. To achieve the strategic goal all levels of leadership (direct, organizational and strategic) must work together.

During my 37 years of service in the U.S. Army, I had the honor of serving during the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the post-Cold War period. I had a bird’s eye view of what a difference strategic thinking really makes. My strategic leadership journey began as a junior officer working directly for the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA). It came full-circle 21 years later when I found myself on the “other side of the door” in the CSA office. This time the issues were much tougher.

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