Nov 23, 2011
I come from a design background.
I work across the worlds of communications, branding and business strategy.
It’s pretty easy for people to get confused about what kind of beast I am.
Hell, sometimes -when coffee is conspicuous by its absence- even I get confused.
Thankfully Peter Thomson over at The Economics of Innovation did a vox pops with his strategist mates, helping set everyone straight about just what it is that we do.
What is a strategist?
A strategist develops opinions on the future direction of a company and its brand, based on existing and predicted conditions, other known variables, intuition and research.
– David Lyall, Creative Strategist
A strategist uses big-picture thinking, storytelling, insights, criteria development tools and synthesis in the development of agreed-upon end-goals.
– Randy Deutsch, Design Strategist
A strategist figures out how the various cogs and wheels fit together so that the whole machine hums.
– Meena Kadri, Communications Strategist
What makes a good strategist?
A good strategist is marked out by their ability to use two words: “No” and “Why”.
– David Lyall
A good strategist sees problems through other’s perspectives.
– Randy Deutsch
A good strategist has two core skills; critical thinking and writing; and if they are really good, pattern seeking.
– Josh Levine, Culture Consultant
Randy Deutsch went on to say that
Strategy provides a lens through which to see projects in a certain light…
Given that, I’d go on to say that one of the skills of the strategist is being able to hold up multiple lenses to whatever problem the client needs to solve. The perspectives of the consumer, customer, retailer and client stakeholders are all relevant; it’s our job to created the blended image that brings each stakeholder’s requirements into focus.
P.S. How cool is John Levine’s job title?
Head on over to Peter’s blog The Economics of Innovation to read the full piece.