Strategic Decision-Making

Strategic Thinking in the Age of LinkedIn

Strategic Thinking in the Age of LinkedIn

LinkedIn founder and triple billionaire Reid Hoffman has two endearing mannerisms that reveal the way he sees–and reasons with–the strategic environment. First, he peppers his statements with the word so.  Almost a verbal tic that would grate on a speaking coach like the overuse of the dreaded uh … but he uses it more like therefore.  That […]

5 Essential Books for Strategic Thinkers

5 Essential Books for Strategic Thinkers

Good Strategy Bad Strategy This fresh approach to strategic thinking begins with tales of battles at sea in the days of Napoleon and continues to explain what kinds of strategies have made the difference for modern companies like Apple, Wal-Mart, Cisco, Starbucks and Wells Fargo.  Author Richard Rumelt shows that many recent high profile failures […]

Google's Ngram Viewer shows that planning is falling from favor as strategy rises

The Rise and Fall of Strategy and Planning

Imagine that you could dump all the words of a million books from the past 500 years into a giant database, and look to see how various words have waxed and waned in usage over the centuries.  You could look and see when archaic words like thou and yon disappeared from popular usage.  You could […]

Alfred Chandler -- Author of The Visible Hand:  The Managerial Revolution in American Business

Strategy First… Then Structure

The historian Alfred Chandler of Harvard Business School wrote a seminal book published in 1977 on the history of strategic decision making at the highest levels of Corporate America , including DuPont, General Motors, Standard Oil and Sears Roebuck.  The book was called The Visible Hand:  The Managerial Revolution in American Business.  In this work […]

Metaphors Be With You: The Strategist as Poet

Metaphors Be With You: The Strategist as Poet

Strategy-making begins with an idea.  Without a guiding idea there can be no sense of direction.  Yet many articles and books about strategy do not address a most important matter:  how to generate ideas.  To conceive the essential set of ideas that we call strategy, the strategist must understand and master the art of the […]

What is a Strategic Decision?

What is a Strategic Decision?

What is a strategic decision, and how is it different from an operational or tactical decision? Strategic decisions determine the grand direction upon which an entity will embark.  Always, strategy precedes action. The object of strategy is to bring about advantageous conditions within which action will occur.  In the military context, this means positioning forces for best advantage […]

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