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Thinking strategically is what separates managers and leaders. Learn the fundamentals about how to create winning strategy and lead your team to deliver it. From understanding what strategy can do for you, through to creating a strategy and engaging others with strategy, this book offers practical guidance and expert tips. It is peppered with punchy, memorable examples from real leaders winning (and losing) with real world strategies.
It can be read as a whole or you can dip into the easy-to-read, bite-size sections as and when you need to deal with a particular issue. The structure has been specially designed to make sections quick and easy to use – you’ll find yourself referring back to them again and again.
About the author
What is strategy?
Part 1 Your strategic self
Shaping the future
Thinking before you plan
Becoming a strategic thinker
Selling your strategy
Part 2 Thinking like a strategist
Reacting is as important as planning
Taking risks (jumping your uncertainty gaps)
Looking over your shoulder
Knowing where grass (really) is greener
Part 3 Creating your strategy
Seeing the big picture?
Finding position, intention and direction
Looking for advantages
Making strategic decisions and choices
Adapting to your competitive environment
Part 4 Winning with strategy
Winning strategy games
Creating new markets
Getting ahead of your strategic group
Growing your business (again and again)
Going global without going broke
Knowing what you can do best
Part 5 Making your strategy work
Managing your strategy process
Meetings for strategic minds
Managing change, making strategy work
Understanding what can go wrong
Saving your company from failure
Part 6 The Strategy Book tool kit
The basic (powerful) strategy questions
Porter’s 5 forces of competition
Porter’s generic strategies
Burgelman’s strategy dynamics model
Porter’s value chain
Core competencies and resource-based view
Nonaka and Takeuchi’s knowledge spiral
McKinsey’s 7-S framework
Ansoff’s growth grid
BCG’s product portfolio matrix
Kim and Mauborgne’s blue ocean
Greiner's growth (and crisis) model
Treacy and Wiersema’s value disciplines
Cummings and Wilson: orientation and animation
Lewin’s force field analysis
Kotter’s eight phases of change
Kaplan and Norton’s balanced scorecard
Hrebiniak’s model of strategy execution
Hammer and Champy’s business process design
Michaud and Thoenig’s strategic orientation
Burgelman and Grove’s strategy bet model
Argyris’s double and single loop learning
Mintzberg’s deliberate and emergent
Johnson’s white space model
Prahalad’s bottom of the pyramid
Stacey’s strategy from complexity