Steven J. Stowell and Stephanie S. Mead write: We can be a more potent force if we will but follow a few simple guidelines that will lead to creative solutions to our strategic problems and enable us to achieve our objectives while conserving our resources. After all, isn’t thinking strategically a key component in living well and optimizing performance at a personal and team level? Simply put, everyone must be more entrepreneurial and competitive as we move into the future. We must be willing to improve on the status quo, tackle the forces that work against our future success, and better harness the positive forces and levers that are on our side.