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Harvard Business School Press , David J. Collis
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1 Jun 2010 Pocket Mentor
To be a successful manager, you need to master the skills that characterize strategic thinking from examining situations to interpreting information and know how to apply those skills on the job. In Thinking Strategically, you'll learn to:
  • Understand what strategic thinking is and why it is valuable
  • View strategic thinking as a process
  • Recognize the personal traits, behaviors, attitudes, and cognitive capacities that strategic thinkers demonstrate

The Pocket Mentor series offers immediate solutions to the challenges managers face on the job every day. Each book in the series is packed with handy tools, self-tests, and real life examples to help you identify strengths and weaknesses and hone critical skills. Whether you're at your desk, in a meeting, or on the road, these portable guides enable you to tackle the daily demands of your work with greater speed, savvy, and effectiveness.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business School Press (1 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422129713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422129715
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 12.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David J. Collis is a professor in the strategy unit at the Harvard Business School, where he teaches the MBA and in Executive Education programs. He is an expert on corporate strategy and global competition, and is the author of the recent books Corporate Strategy and Corporate Headquarters. His work has been frequently published in the Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, European Management Journal, and in many books, including Managing the Multibusiness Company, International Competitiveness, and Beyond Free Trade.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Average 30 July 2013
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Lots of generalisations, but not a lot of depth. I didn't really feel as if the book explained how to think strategically about daily issues.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book might be good for a middle school student. 23 Nov 2012
By Bretton Max Auerbach - Published on
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I found neither new information in this book nor any useful insights.
To explain the level of discourse in this book, I'll employ an analogy:
When I first learned about accounting and finance we used a lemonade stand example to explain COGS, SG&A, working capital, etc.
If this book took a similar parable approach, it probably would have been more helpful (but still only at the level of an extreme novice). Instead the book lists suggestions for "strategic thinking" in 7 chapters:
1. See the big picture
2. Articulate Strategic objectives
3. Identify relationships, patterns, and trends
4. get creative
5. Analyze information
6. Prioritize your actions
7. Make trade-offs

If concepts such as
estimating how long parts of a project will take, find potential bottlenecks, make sure you have all the relevant information, think creatively before settling on a course of action
are new to you, maybe you will find this book worthwhile.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful 29 Nov 2012
By Sundar Venkatesh - Published on
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Provides a structured view of how to think strategically. Self assessment questionnaires at the end are useful. More on creativity needs to be built in.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very actionable book 10 July 2010
By Adel - Published on
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The key strengths of the book are:
a. Provide a framework to build the skill
b. Short, Simple and easy
c. Action oriented

I hope this helps,
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strategy in a nut shell: 16 Jun 2013
By roger duarte - Published on
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Concise, but a very well define content that covers all the topics of strategy and makes it a valuable tool to review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 6 Mar 2013
By jdaijo - Published on
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Any book, magazine or newsletter from Harvard is always easy to follow, it's coherent and organized. I always profit more than I expect. I recommend this book to everyone who has a managing position and has to deal with people all the time.
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