Related Quizzes

Use this Quiz

Copy this quiz into your free Interact account, edit the content however you'd like, set it up and then share it on your website and social media channels.

Create Your Own Quizzes With Interact For Free!

Sign Up For Free

Entrepreneur: What Kind Of Strategic Thinker Are You?

Find out which of the 3 you are!

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    When Thinking Of Your Business, How Far Into The Future Do You Plan?
    • A.
      I constantly think of the long term destination, 5-10 years from now.
      (Correlates to: The Visionary Strategist)
    • B.
      Because success tomorrow comes from focus today, I typically think about the next 12 months and plan activities no more than 90 days out.
      (Correlates to: The Tactical Strategist)
    • C.
      I focus my attention on today or this week. The problems I face now are all I can do something about now. Planning beyond that is a waste or time and energy
      (Correlates to: The Reactive Manager)
  • 2.
    When You Do Make Plans For Your Business, Which Best Describes Your Approach?
    • A.
      I believe if you leave things to chance, the don't work out. So I make sure we clearly identify expected outcomes, the tactics, the tasks as well as when they are to done and by whom.
      (Correlates to: The Tactical Strategist)
    • B.
      My focus is getting things done.  I don't generally write down plans. Instead, I give clear instructions on what I want done to the people I want to do it. I then expect it to be completed.
      (Correlates to: The Reactive Manager)
    • C.
      I outline the goals and, in high level terms, what I want to be focused on.  I leave to others the details of how/when it gets done and who does it.
      (Correlates to: The Visionary Strategist)
  • 3.
    What Best Describes How You Decide What Your Focus Will be?
    • A.
      There is only one strategy: Sell to and service customers.  Everything else just supports that strategy. I ensure we address problems as they arise
      (Correlates to: The Reactive Manager)
    • B.
      It's my business.  I know what needs to be done and the direction we need to head.  I trust my gut to tell me if things are working and we shift focus when it's clear to me that it's necessary.
      (Correlates to: The Visionary Strategist)
    • C.
      I regularly review the company's performance by referring to financials and key reports. I discuss what's working and what isn't with key team members and we prioritize the specific areas that need to be addressed.
      (Correlates to: The Tactical Strategist)
  • 4.
    How Do You Know If The Approach You've Chosen Is Working?
    • A.
      I talk to my people and look at the direction of the business.  Based on my sense of how things are going (and maybe by looking at my Profit & Loss statement), I can just tell if it's working.
      (Correlates to: The Visionary Strategist)
    • B.
      The best measure of success is the money in the bank. If it's going up, the approach is working. If it's declining, then we need to try something else.
      (Correlates to: The Reactive Manager)
    • C.
      I look at key metrics to tell me if we are achieving what we set out to achieve. And I check in during the quarter to ensure people are doing what I've asked them to do.
      (Correlates to: The Tactical Strategist)

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    The Visionary Strategist
    You're the Visionary Strategist. You find new ways to see the world and look for new approaches. You tend to stand way up high on the top of the mountain and look into the distance. You rely a lot on intuition. This approach can be inspiring and energizing for your team as it gives them a dream to aspire to. However, it can also be frustrating and stressful for the team. if there is always something new, then many things remain incomplete. While it gives a good sense of the long term destination, it can be chaotic as short term directions keep changing. You would be wise to get help to create some structure around your vision so the team's energy and excitement is harnessed to produce results faster and more predictably. What many Visionary Strategist are surprised by is how the kind of structure being recommended fuels your creativity rather than constraining it.
  • 2.
    The Tactical Strategist
    You love the details of the plan. You learn from your experiences and are thoughtful about applying those lessons. You are excellent at delegation as you understand the capabilities of the resources around you. People might describe you as calculated or methodical. You like having metrics to evaluate your results. People like that they know what you expect from them.
  • 3.
    The Reactive Manager
    You get things done. Somehow you keep all the balls in the air. There are customers to be found and to served. There are bills and wages to be paid. There are calls and emails to be answered. Who has time to sit around making plans for 8 or 9 months around. Things will likely completely change by then, so it would be a waste of energy, right? You're respected because you take action. You're responsive to customer requests, to emails, calls and to crises. Your people know that you'll be there for them. But all this comes at a cost. Because you're so focused on today, you might miss what's coming your way. It is possible to maintain your excellence in execution while looking to the future. You can look after the present problems while looking to the future.