Rich Horwath has been described by Chief Executive Magazine as, “The world’s foremost expert on strategic thinking.” He is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author on strategy. As the CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute, Rich leads executive teams through the strategy process and has helped more than 50,000 leaders around the world develop their strategic thinking capabilities.
A former Chief Strategy Officer and professor of strategy, he brings both real-world experience and practical expertise to help companies build their strategic capabilities. Rich and his work have appeared on ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, NBC and FOX TV. He is recognized in the textbook Strategy in the 21st Century as one of the key contributors in the history of strategic management for his thought leadership in the field of strategic thinking. His four core service areas are strategic thinking, strategy facilitation, strategic coaching and keynote speeches.
Rich is the author of six books, including, Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking, which a leader at Intel proclaimed: “If you only read one book on strategy, this has to be that book!” His book, Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy, has been described by the Director of Worldwide Operations for McDonalds as “…the most valuable book ever written on strategic thinking.” Rising all the way to #1 on Amazon.com’s bestseller list, Strategy for You: Building a Bridge to the Life You Want, helps people apply the principles of business strategy to their overall life.
Rich’s innovative work in the field of strategic thinking has culminated in the creation of the only full spectrum of strategic thinking resources in the world, serving everyone from new managers to senior executives in the C-Suite. Rich has worked with managers from world-class companies such as Google, FedEx, Intel, State Farm, Lockheed Martin and Dell to name just a few. His monthly e-publication entitled Strategic Thinker is read by thousands of business leaders and academicians around the world. Rich earned an MBA with Distinction from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and he has served as a professor of strategy at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He resides in Barrington Hills, IL.