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Risky Strategy: Understanding Risk to Improve Strategic Decisions Hardcover – 25 Aug 2016

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Information Ltd (25 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472926048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472926043
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.3 x 24.2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An important and stimulating read for any leader faced with deciding between a bold 'knock-out' strategy and one that is less risky but less ambitious. -- Vic Luck * Director of The Foundation for Leadership through Sport; previously Senior Partner, PwC Consulting * A breath of fresh air ... combines analogies from the Greco-Roman world and military strategy, along with real-life examples from Jamie's time as a management consultant and senior manager, to re-interpret a variety of strategic tools. -- Kriss Akabussi MBE * former Olympic athlete, and CEO of The Akabusi Company * MacAlister has a knack for making you think differently about risk and encouraging an open mind... a risk, some may say, in itself. -- Martin Reason * Chief Executive, Melton Mowbray Building Society * With lots of good stories, anecdotes and explanations - from Captain Scott to Napoleon, from sport to game theory - this book provides absorbable, practical advice on how to use risk to improve strategic planning and decision making for your business ... An incredibly helpful and clear book that gets to the heart of what strategy is all about -- Francesca Brosan * Chairman and Co-Founder of digital agency Omobono * An engaging romp through a wide range of risk and strategy issues. [The] book tackles these well-trodden topics, cleverly interweaving them in a way that is novel and at times extremely engaging. -- Kevin McCarten * Partner, Oliver Wyman * It is refreshing to read a practical and stimulating book tackling the heavyweight subjects of risk and strategy and the healthy tensions that can exist between the two. The book is littered with powerful examples, from a rich variety of sources, including business, science and sport - as well as offering intriguing insights into the behavioural aspects of this area, both from an individual and organisational perspective. -- Simon Griffiths * Director, Risk Connect Limited * MacAlister explores and unpacks a weighty subject ... A must-read for those aspiring to lead an organisation. -- Philippe Duleyrie * Senior Advisor, The Rye Group LLC; former CEO Polar Electro Inc. * Jamie has turned a potentially very dry subject into an interesting link to leadership and individual psychology. -- Laurence Medina * Head of Learning, Development and Process Improvement, Scania UK * An approach and style that deliberately avoids too much 'academese'. -- Cath Bishop * World Silver medallist 1998, World Champion 2003, Olympic silver medallist 2004 * An interesting range of non-business examples. -- Stephen Bungay * author of "The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans, Actions and Results" *

About the Author

Jamie MacAlister is a member of the faculty at Ashridge Business School, and is an experienced commercial manager, strategist, facilitator and executive coach. He specialises in risk in strategy and commercial management.

Jamie has been a coach and facilitator of management teams for nearly 20 years. Previously he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has held senior management roles with Procter & Gamble, Comco and RM Education.

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