What is Strategic Intelligence?

In this article I will talk about strategic intelligence, how to apply it in organizations and how to be a strategically intelligent manager.

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What is Strategic Intelligence?

The views of researchers and experts have varied on the concept of strategic intelligence, and this disparity is due to the relative newness in the study of its dimensions.

Some believe that it is a systematic and continuous process to produce the necessary information in a practical form to facilitate long-term decision-making. I think that this definition focuses on the use of strategic intelligence in the decision-making process.

Others believe that it is an informational process through which the organization listens to its environment in order to decide, take measures and define activities required as part of its pursuit of its goals. We see that this definition focuses on providing information in order to benefit from it in achieving the goals of the organization.

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The importance of strategic intelligence

The importance of strategic intelligence is embodied as an important tool used by managers in order to take a set of proactive steps to reach advanced competitive positions in the global environment in which competition is increasing day by day, and the importance of strategic intelligence can be summarized as follows:

  • Strengthening the ability of senior management to formulate emergency strategies in light of rapid and highly complex environmental changes. And achieving an advanced competitive position compared to others through the assignment of individuals and active groups within the organization.
  • Achieving excellence by providing the ability to develop strategic solutions to complex business problems and design a systematic and continuous process that helps in understanding information by managers to make rational decisions in a timely manner.
  • Strategic intelligence is a component of decision-making and risk management facing the organization, describing risks, threats and opportunities in a way that helps managers define the programs and policies of the organization. This intelligence makes the organization able to deal with future challenges and provides opportunities to strengthen the organization and its success.
  • It plays a major role in every area of management and the organization’s decisions regarding future plans and provides means of support for operational goals by forecasting future challenges.
  • Focusing decision makers on analysis instead of searching for realistic information for his industry.

Strategic intelligence properties

Strategic intelligence is characterized, like other types of intelligence, with a set of characteristics:

  • The sensing stage of the influences of internal and external changes and their diagnosis at the organization level.
  • Collecting meaningful data.
  • Organizing data and structuring it in the form of sources of information.
  • Processing data and converting it into information.
  • The use of information in making decisions, developing plans, and determining implementation procedures.

Objectives of the Strategic intelligence

Strategic Intelligence seeks to achieve many goals, including:

  • Provide early forecasts and warnings of threats surrounding organizations and take preventive measures towards them.
  • Enabling organizations to respond to current and future changes in the environment and to plan and forecast results in a manner that reflects positively on their reputation and position.
  • Forming the convictions among decision-makers and formulating policies regarding the necessity of reaching optimal decisions and innovative policies.
  • Promote the task of collecting and analyzing information on the external environment and making organizations establish alliances in the field of research and development.
  • Presenting purposeful ideas that transform innovations and inventions into tradable goods.
  • Providing strategic information that enables organizations to understand the current and future threats surrounding them.

How to be strategically intelligent leader?

The secret of the success of leaders today is strategic intelligence. Today’s strategic leaders need to manage their complex organizations. The characteristics of strategically intelligent leaders can be defined as:

  • They think strategically and have the ability to set plans and strategies.
  • They have the ability to implement strategies in light of the changes that occur in the environment surrounding the organization.
  • They create interactive partnerships with other leaders and organizations.
  • They have the ability to motivate employees and meet the needs of customers.
  • They have the ability to visualize and imagine.

Final thoughts

Strategic intelligence as I see it overlaps with business intelligence, however business intelligence and decision-support systems come as a result of applying strategic intelligence in an organization. This shows the importance of strategic intelligence and why leaders and managers should pay more attention to it.

MSc in Data Science, I love to extract the hell out of any raw data, sexy plots and figures are my coffee

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