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This rather small book (189 pages) follows the strategy course given at the Harvard's executive Owner/President Management (EOP) program. That fact gets mentioned quite a few times throughout the book. This excessive reminding was not needed as the book is good on its own.
Overall the information on strategy covered here is not new (purpose finding, Porter's 5 forces, value creation...) but it does cover mistakes over-confident managers might make when tackling their business strategy. Especially the chapter 'the myth of the super manager' is brilliant in that regard. The book points to some tools and insights that could come in handy (industry effect versus firm effect, profit frontier, strategy wheel, ..) and therefore showing the limitations, challenges or opportunities managers have to deal with in getting their strategy worked out (or revisited).
The business cases used are Nasco furniture, Ikea, Gucci, Ink for less, Lance! Sports group, AmREIT, Steve Jobs (Apple 1.0, NeXT, Pixar, Apple 2.0). All cases are used here as an excellent educational tool for what is needed at each stage to get that strategy worked-out.
A pleasant and fast read!
Introduction: What I learned in office hours
1 Strategy and leadership
2 Are you a strategist
3 The myth of the super manager
4 Begin with purpose
5 Turn purpose into reality
6 Own your strategy
7 Keep it vibrant
8 The essential strategist
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