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This paper outlines how the Scottish Government has developed a form of ‘strategic state’. The concept of the strategic state is explained before setting out how this was realized. Drawing on insights from key stakeholders who were directly involved, it provides a unique insider perspective on its development and impact. The author shows how a supportive political environment and strong administrative leadership combined with a clear vision for change. Investment was made in leadership development, alongside an organizational restructuring, to align the Scottish Government with five strategic objectives. There are key lessons to be learned from this paper, particularly for small countries, in how strategic thinking can be fostered within government settings.