Strategic thinking is more than planning, it's about understanding the present so you can predict the future. In the most simplistic of terms, you learn the rules and then you use them to your advantage or break them to serve your purposes.In complex terms, strategic thinking resembles game theory. Strategic thinking is more often used in groups but can also be applied to individual endeavors.
Symbolic thinking recognizes the shortcuts of symbols we use to understand our world. Sometimes these symbols are archetypes. Other times they are icons that have gone viral. Symbolic languages are as old as communication. The merging of the meaning of symbols exercises the thinking mind.
Learning different thinking systems is a way of expanding thinking skills.