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4.0 out of 5 stars Strategy Overview, 19 Jan 2014
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This is quick read and brilliant book for having a big picture view on strategy.

The really nice part that stands out is the structure used. Each small chapter (6-8 pages) starts by giving a summary, a short related business story, objective, context, related challenge(s), success that will come out of dealing with that specific topic, measures of success, pitfalls, checklist and related ideas. The small downside is that is reads very well in single chapters, but not so well when ready from beginning to end in one setting.

At the end of the book there is a tool kit describing a whole range of tools out there. I believe this is a good overview if you are not familiar with these tools. These tools though get described in a brief manner (1.5 pages for each tool - for those familiar with the tools this might be too short, still it stays an overview here and not an in-depth summary).

The book actually combines all the elements that come to play when strategic thinking is needed. It is good overview on how to think, create, win and make the strategy work.

Contents:

Introduction
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 you wrong
- Saving your company from failure

Part 6 - The strategy book tool kit:

The basic strategy questions, SWOT analysis, Porter's 5 forces of competition, Burgelman's strategy dynamics model, Porter's value chain, Core competencies and resource-based view, Nonaka and Takeuchi's knowledge spiral, McKinsey's 7S framework, Scenario planning, Ansoff's growth grid, BCG's product portfolio matrix, Kim and Mauborgne's blue ocean, Greiner's growth and crisis model, Treacy and Wierseman's value disciplines, Cumming 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 redesign, Michaud and Thoenig's strategic orientation, Burgelman and Grove's strategy bet model, Argyri'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.

Further reading
Index
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