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5.0 out of 5 stars A tour-de-force - all the strategy tools, stacked on the right shelves!
Vaughan Evans has done all the hard work for us. This book pulls out all the most important strategy tools and stacks each one of them on an appropriate 'shelf', with each shelf being a different stage of the strategy development process. The book then takes it one step further: on each shelf it brings to the fore those tools which are essential, placing those that are...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful publication
Very helpful summary of all those management techniques, certainly one for the Kindle management shelf. As always Kindle purchase is very straight forward and easy to use.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tour-de-force - all the strategy tools, stacked on the right shelves!, 4 Nov 2013
This review is from: Key Strategy Tools: The 80+ Tools for Every Manager to Build a Winning Strategy (Paperback)
Vaughan Evans has done all the hard work for us. This book pulls out all the most important strategy tools and stacks each one of them on an appropriate 'shelf', with each shelf being a different stage of the strategy development process. The book then takes it one step further: on each shelf it brings to the fore those tools which are essential, placing those that are less so towards the back. When developing strategy, you can delve as deep as you need into the shelves to get the job done practically, thoroughly and economically. An extraordinarily useful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eureka! A strategy guide that managers and entrepreneurs can actually follow!, 29 Mar 2013
This review is from: Key Strategy Tools: The 80+ Tools for Every Manager to Build a Winning Strategy (Paperback)
The vast majority of managers and entrepreneurs don't have business degrees. Nor do we feel we need them. We just get on with the job of running a business. We see books galore on business strategy, but one says one thing, another says the opposite and a third says the lot, but is 1000 pages of academic debate!

This book is different. It sets out a simple, practical, tried and tested, nine-step strategy development process - what Evans calls the 'Strategy Pyramid' - and within each step is a brief summary of important tools you must use and other tools that you might think about using. Each tool gets appraised - how to use it, when to use it and when to be wary of using it. And that's it! You can develop your business strategy using just the essential tools or, if they seem appropriate to your business, dip into the inessential but useful tools as you require.

The book is so well constructed that you marvel that it has not been done before. It is exactly what we need. Eureka!

Loxley McKenzie
Managing Director
Colordarcy Investment
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, readable, enjoyable, 21 Nov 2013
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This is an excellent book for anyone tasked with developing a strategy but for whom the "s" word conjures up images of consultants and business school professors spouting incomprehensible jargon. Vaughan Evans has spent much of his professional life advising potential investors on mergers and acquisitions, and it shows. The book is beautifully written in a crisp, informative, yet personal style, and is laced with great case histories that bear reading on their own. Most impressive of all though is Evans' mastery of the 80+ strategy tools. They are grouped into nine blocks which, taken in turn, set out the necessary steps to building a strategy. Evans' mastery of the tools is evidenced in his deep understanding of their genesis and application and in his balanced, wise approach to using them. I strongly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book on Strategy Tools to have at your side, 13 Feb 2013
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This book provides a handy reference book of strategy models and techniques, combined with a sound process manual. In a humourous way, the author reminds us of most of the tried and tested tools and introduces some stimulating new ones too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and well written, 12 Feb 2013
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As a management consultant, I am used to frameworks and tools and have developed my favorites over the years. This book sharpened up the way I will use the old favorites and introduced me to some new methods which weren't around when I was at college. (I particularly liked the commentary on Porter's forces to include complementary products - very relevant in the Amazon age).

This book is an enjoyable read with interesting and relevant examples but will also be something that I refer to again when thinking about a new problem. Well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it's all there, 8 Sep 2013
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This is a great quick reference book showcasing a multitude of models. The key advantages of this book are: the summaries are sufficiently detailed to allow a broad understanding of the concepts, the book is well structured so that the reader is aware of where the models can be best deployed within the strategy process and it creates a good awareness of the models that are available along with their pros and cons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Winning Strategy - A Winning Book!, 7 April 2013
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Vaughan Evans' new book, Key Strategy Tools: The 80+ Tools for Every Manager to Build a Winning Strategy, should be prerequisite reading for any manager, private equity investor or entrepreneur trying to evaluate the value and growth potential of a business they own, are starting, or are looking to purchase. The stroke of genius is in the grouping of each strategy tool for easy comparison and evaluation, making the chore of finding the right tool for the right job a walk in the park. I've actually purchased two copies for nephews who do corporate valuations for a living as I know they'll find this to be a treasured resource in their collections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed review, grounded in theory, a practical toolkit for a modern business manager, 27 Mar 2013
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Vaughan Evans' latest book does exactly what it says on the tin, providing key strategy tools for the modern strategy manager or executive.

Reading this book you feel like you are learning from an expert in his field, with a raft of hands-on experience, reflected in the down-to-earth style and the recurring use of motivational examples (Woolworths, Google and the like). Not only a practical guide, as a professional economist and student of strategy myself, I recognise the firm academic underpinnings behind his approach but presented in an accessible way for the modern executive short on time. Be they a reference to the now-classic Porterian five forces or the fundamentals of consumer behaviour that drive markets such as elasticities of demand, Vaughan Evans makes them real to the reader.

The book opens with the observation that many managers and executives find strategy daunting, but that strategy should be do-able for everyone. With this book, it will be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars COMPLETE, THOROUGH, USEFUL & ENJOYABLE, 18 Mar 2013
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Complete, thorough, useful AND enjoyable
so you will read it and you will find what you need and you will actually apply it. As manager or entrepreneur you must develop and improve your business strategy and, important, communicate it a convincing manner, whether to funders or employees. Contemplate the normative banana (Evans has drawn widely on the classic work in the field, drawn out its relevance today, and added his own analysis and tools, for example on sizing the market through market crafting) and see whether, say, the resolute Five Forces or the rather more iffy SWOT analyses are for you (all tools get the How to use it; When to use it; When to be wary treatment). Examples from businesses you know about, be they long-established like RBS, recent, but also with problems today, like Facebook, or old and small, like The Beatles (only four, remember).
Evans takes you lightly through it all, and wishes you good luck at the end. So, follow the Strategy Pyramid. Read the book, peruse and apply, and increase your chances that fortune will smile on you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the desktop, not the library, 24 Feb 2013
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In this latest book Vaughan Evans has put together a well constructed compendium of techniques and tools on business strategy, reinforced by his own solid experience. This book is a must for all managers involved in developing strategy but it's for action on the desktop, not the library shelf!
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