Strategic Thinking quotes Think Inside Out and Outside In Vadim Kotelnikov

Successful people    are long-term thinkers.

Practice long-term thinking
in your life and business,
and make sure that everything you do
in the short term
is consistent with
what you want to achieve in the long term.

 The Need To Think Both Outside-In and Inside-Out
Any your innovative move creates change and, thus, resistance to change as well. Your partners may see it as threat to their vested interests and established processes. Your target customers will look at your innovative value proposition with eyes, not yours. Your competitors will attack your innovation in order to preserve their market position. Even in friendly communication, the message you send may prompt an unexpected response because people what you say and what the other person hears are not the same thing.
So, when you think Inside-Out, don't forget to think Outside-In as well in you want to move farther and faster on your life or business journey.
Inside-Out-Outside-In vs. Divergent and Convergent Thinking
Divergent and Convergent thinking is about managing the ideation process during brainstorming or new product / service development: first generate a lot of ideas, then select the most promising ones. This is the essence of loose-tight leadership practiced by strategic innovation leaders.
Inside-Out and Outside-In thinking is about two different perceptual positions: Inside-Out is about what you think is good to do for others; Outside-In is about how you and what you do is perceived by others.
Play Innovation Brainball (Innoball)
Entrepreneurial simulation game Innoball facilitates both Inside-Out and Outside-In thinking because it forces you to think for both yourself and your opponents.


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Put your goals in writing in order to:


  1. Focus on your big dream and vision. They perform a directional, a motivational, and an inspirational function. When you focus passionately on your vision you start noticing and creating things that help you achieve it.


Discover Your Life Mission

Discover Your True Passion

  1. Align your goals strategically. Without good alignment to your strategic intent, every bit of motion is quite wasteful and strugglefull. Goal alignment strengthens your self-leadership and makes you much more effective. With every action contributing synergistically to achievement of the same objective, you can achieve your strategic goals faster, with more flexibility, adaptability and creativity.



  1. Think systemically. Focus on the whole. Combine information and intuition, analytical thinking with synthetical thinking to find system-wide focus and gain systemic insights into complex situations and problems.

  2. Think creatively and outside-the-box. Look beyond the obvious, search for connections between situations that are not obviously related.

  3. Change perceptual positions, step out of your shoes and into the shoes of other stakeholders  customers, competitors, partners, investors to surface new insights.

Discover Business Opportunities: 4 Approaches

  1. Search for synergies among your abilities, opportunities,  business units, functions, processes, innovations, and partners. Find relationships between elements. Balance the short and long term, generate short term wins, and consolidate gains.

  2. Engage your subconscious mind ‒ it works and creates complex combinations much faster! Visualize your desired strategic results, engage all your emotions and senses, and then relax to let your subconscious mind start working on your dream.

The Wheel of Personal Success


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