Can StrategyMan Save Your Plan?

January 15, 2019

Video: StrategyMan vs. The Anti-Strategy Squad book trailer. See what can be learned when a strategy textbook and superhero comic book collide.

Do You Have New Direction for the New Year?

January 10, 2019

“Clarity of direction, which includes describing what we are going after as well as describing what we will not be going after, is exceedingly important at the late stage of a strategic transformation.” Andrew Grove, former CEO, Intel Think back to when you were a kid. Can you recall a time when you got lost? Maybe it was at the…

When is a Strategy Not a Strategy?

January 9, 2019

Much thanks to the folks at the “In Business” magazine for publishing the article entitled, “When is a Strategy Not a Strategy?” as they referenced material from the new business graphic novel, StrategyMan vs. The Anti-Strategy Squad: Using Strategic Thinking to Defeat Bad Strategy and Save Your Plan. http://inbusinessphx.com/leadership-management/when-is-a-strategy-not-a-strategy#.XDYgfy3Mx0J 

The Year in Strategy

December 17, 2018

“Friends congratulate me after a quarterly-earnings announcement and say, ‘Good job, great quarter,’ and I’ll say, ‘Thank you, but that quarter was baked three years ago.’ I’m working on a quarter that’ll happen in 2021 right now.”                                               …

StrategyMan vs. The Anti-Strategy Squad

August 20, 2018

Following is an overview of the new graphic novel (superhero comic book collides with strategy text book) StrategyMan vs. The Anti-Strategy Squad: Using Strategic Thinking to Defeat Bad Strategy and Save Your Plan: All over the world, strategies are dying. Thousands of businesses face bankruptcy. People’s jobs are at stake. But what is the nefarious force killing them off? And…

Turn Down the Noise and Turn Up Your Strategy

July 23, 2018

“There is more noise in the world than change.” Tim Cook, CEO, Apple Picture the scene: a group of executives is at an off-site meeting to discuss the company’s strategic direction. They begin with a review of the market, including patterns, trends and influential factors. Before long, the conversation is pulling them like a riptide, further and further out into…

Does Your Company Collaborate or Will it Disintegrate?

June 4, 2018

The colossal collapse of Sony in portable music and Nokia in mobile phones was directly caused by their failure to collaborate internally. Do you understand the goals and strategies of your colleagues in other functional areas? In this 4-minute video, Rich provides three practical principles to help your team strategically collaborate with one another.

Strategy Skill Development

May 1, 2018

What is the most important skill for senior leaders to develop? According to 400 talent management executives, it’s strategic thinking.

Using Strategy Skills to Move off the Tactical Path

January 25, 2018

Nothing is more frustrating than working for a group that is constantly buried in the tactical weeds of the business. When fire drills, unproductive meetings and a too many priorities are overwhelming your team, you can take a few simple steps to act more strategically. Watch this video narrated by Rich Horwath, CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute, to find…

Five Steps to Sculpting Your Strategy

November 21, 2017

Based on research on the strategy development process of more than 75 best-in-class organizations, Rich Horwath shares the five phases that comprise strategy development. Too often, organizations embark on “strategic planning” but fail to do any new thinking to generate the strategic insights that can lead to new value for customers. Missing any one of the five steps can lead…