7 Levers to Improve Strategic Thinking

Are you focused on the best chances you have of winning in your marketplace?

Focused on best winning chances?

Here are the seven questions we look at.

  1. Have you mapped out all of the ecosystem that you work in, especially your single points of failure? Mapped out single points of failure

  2. Do you have a different idea customer in mind than your competitors? Different customer in mind

  3. Are you focusing your product development primarily on strengthening the key benefits that the customer wants? Focused strengthening of key benefits

  4. How are your activities different from your competitors? Knowing differentiating activities

  5. How is your brand promise different from your competitors? Differentiated brand promise

  6. What’s your secret sauce that gets you a 10X advantage? Wither in product benefits or in cost delivery? Secret Sauce with 10x advantage

  7. Do you have a separate strategy council from your operational leadership team? Separate Strategy Council

Strategic Thinking is just one of the 11 dimensions in our full FastAtScale model.

Take the test for your own scaleup by sending an email to fastatscale@r13k.co.

FastAtScale Healthcheck Assessment

Reviews from Workshop Participants:


“I think this is what we needed to upgrade and ramp up; there needed to be a gear shift at the top of the company to ensure the rest of the business takes note.”

Frederika Johnstone, Chief of Staff, Banked
Frederika Johnstone
Chief of Staff, Banked, London, U.K.


About Midstage Institute

We focus our practice on midstage startup companies that need to remain agile, and where what used to work for the smaller startup just isn’t as effective anymore.


We ensure founders and leadership teams win, with our over 40 years experience in venture-backed tech startups. We are Silicon Valley veterans with the scars and wins to prove it. We don’t use an inflexible off-the shelf methodology, we adapt best practices to you, your market, your company, and your leadership team.


We always:

  • Focus on right sized best practices to get to the next level
  • Focus on the 20% of effort that will yield you 80% of the benefits
  • Teach Perfection is the enemy, better is your partner and ally
  • Align with your business needs so you can thrive