capabilities focusing on outcomes

Thinking strategically

Involves taking a ‘big picture’ view and seeing situations strategically and coherently within their broader context. It involves looking for patterns, trends or connections across different situations, timeframes and experiences to comprehend current circumstances, see things in perspective, capitalise on future opportunities and mitigate potential risks.


  1. Understands the broader context

    Demonstrates an understanding of the broader context of Lutheran education and how one’s area of responsibility fits into the bigger picture. Is aware of the relevant stakeholders in their context, the role they play, how they interact with each other and the impact Lutheran education has on them.

  2. Anticipates trends

    Identifies patterns or trends across different information sources. Uses this information to identify emerging trends or potential scenarios in the external environment and how they could impact Lutheran education. Stays alert to new information or data that helps either substantiate or reduce the likelihood of scenarios being realised.

  3. Develops strategies

    Looks well beyond the short-term, technical issues. Draws upon a deep understanding of the church, Lutheran education, the education sector in general, as well as student, parent and community needs. Considers and articulates how one’s school/early childhood service or area of responsibility can capitalise on opportunities or mitigate risks. Develops appropriate strategies and contingency plans to ensure future success.

  4. Identifies significant new opportunities

    Identifies helpful relationships among complex data from unrelated areas that lead to new and significant opportunities for Lutheran education or highlight paradoxes or patterns that block or hinder strategic aspirations. Presents these observations in a compelling way that leads to a shift in the strategic direction and action of the school/early childhood service or wider area of responsibility.