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Strategy Bites Back: It Is Far More, and Less, than You Ever Imagined

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Here's a fun way look at strategy in a new light from one of the world's top 10 business gurus.

  • Nothing about this book is conventional. Cartoons and poems mingle with quotes and case studies, to free your mind to create brilliant strategies.
  • Discover what Jack Welch, Napoleon Bonaparte, Michael Porter, Coco Chanel... even Hans Christian Andersen can teach you about using strategy to your advantage.
  • Edited by the legendary Mintzberg, a strategist with global respect.


  • Copyright 2005
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-185777-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-185777-3
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-195201-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-195201-0

Strategy Bites Back is the antidote to conventional strategy books -- and conventional strategy formation. Edited by the legendary Henry Mintzberg, it contains contributions from everyone from Gary Hamel to Napoleon Bonaparte, Michael Porter to Hans Christian Andersen: essays, poems, case studies, cartoons, whatever it takes to 'free your mind' and unleash the crucial emotional side of strategy formation. Coverage includes: strategy and brinkmanship, culture, seduction; strategy lessons from your mother, from beehives, chess grandmasters, even the National Zoo. Along the way, Mintzberg and his colleagues take on the sacred cows and entrenched beliefs that keep strategists from recognizing their most powerful options. Strategy Bites Back doesn't just make strategy fun: it helps define strategies that offer huge upsides and real inspiration.

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Table of Contents


1. What's in a Word.


    What's in a Buzzword?

    "Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Mo..."

    What Is Strategy?

    Five Ps for Strategy.

    Beware of Strategy.

    Are Strategies Real Things?

2. Swoted by Strategy.


    The Other Tower of Babel.

    Strategy as a "Little Black Dress".

    The CEO as Strategist.

    The Manager as Orchestra.

    The Tortoise and the Hare: A Fable for Senior Executives.

    Jack's Turn.

3. Strategy Carefully.


    The Revolution in Strategic Planning.

    Jack Welch on Planning.

    The Seven Deadly Sins of Planning.

    Planning in Case.

    Forecasting: Whoops!

    Plans in Case You Are Stuck.

    The Creaetion.

    How to Plan a Strategy.

    Speech at the Second Plenary Session of the Eighth Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (November 15, 1956).

    Planning and Flexibility.

    Management and Magic.

4. Figuring Strategy.


    Launching Strategy.

    Positioning the Derriere: Tooilet Nirvana.

    The Soft Underbelly of Hard Data.

    The Glory of Numbers.

    Reversing the Images of BCG's Growth/Share Matrix.

5. A Vision of Strategy.


    To See or Not to See.

    Imaging Strategy.

    Strategic Thinking as "Seeing".

    Seeing a Symphony.

    The Problem with Problems.

    "Marketing Myopia" Myopia.

    Recognizing the CEO as Artist.

    Reflections of an Entrepreneur.

    Entrepreneurship and Planning.

    Managing Quietly.

    What My Mother Taught Me About Strategy.

6. Inside the Strategist's Head.


    Biases and Limitations of Judgment: Humans.

    Biases and Limitations of Judgment: Animals.

    Everything I Need to Know About Strategy I Learned at the National Zoo.

    The Man VS. the Machine.

    Think Like a Grandmaster.

    The Emperor's New Suit.

    Management Expert Gary Hamel Talks with Enron's Ken Lay About What It's Like to Launch a New Strategy in the Real World.

7. Strategy a Step at a Time.


    Good Managers Don't Make Policy Decisions.

    Backing into a Brilliant Strategy: Reports on Honda.

    Ruminations on Honda.

    Bees and Flies Making Strategy.

    Growing Strategies: Two Ways.

    Strategies That Learn.

    Strategy Up and Down.

    Strategy Is Destiny.

    Talk the Walk.

    How to Fight the Strategic Wars.

    Looking a Few Steps Back.

    The Calf Path.

8. Strategy with the Gloves Off and the Halo On.


    Chess in the Real World.

    Bees in the Real World.

    Laws of Power.

    Planning as Public Relations.

    Brinkmanship in Business.

    Strategy and the Art of Seduction.

    Strategy Is Culture Is Strategy.

    Five Easy Steps to Destroying a Rich Culture (Any One Will Do).

    How Destructive Cultures Develop.

9. Final Food for Thought.


    Be Your Body's Boss.

    Recipes for cooking Strategy.



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