Being Strategic: Plan for Success; Out-think Your Competitors; Stay Ahead of Change

Being Strategic Plan for Success Out think Your Competitors Stay Ahead of Change STRATEGY TACTICS CONFUSED How many times have you sat in a meeting and heard someone use the word strategic As in We re not being very strategic about X or We need a strategic plan for project Y And

  • Title: Being Strategic: Plan for Success; Out-think Your Competitors; Stay Ahead of Change
  • Author: Erika Andersen
  • ISBN: 9780312553982
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Hardcover
  • STRATEGY TACTICS CONFUSED How many times have you sat in a meeting and heard someone use the word strategic As in We re not being very strategic about X or We need a strategic plan for project Y And, if your organization is like most, everyone in the meeting nods wisely, the meeting drones on, people endlessly debate how to approach the situation at hand,STRATEGY TACTICS CONFUSED How many times have you sat in a meeting and heard someone use the word strategic As in We re not being very strategic about X or We need a strategic plan for project Y And, if your organization is like most, everyone in the meeting nods wisely, the meeting drones on, people endlessly debate how to approach the situation at hand, with generally no one the wiser as to what strategic really means Next time, respond Being strategic means consistently making those core directional choices that will best move us toward our hoped for future Is this what we re doing Everybody talks about strategy, but there is a big gap between discussing strategy, defining strategy and actually being strategic so you can accomplish something.This book helps you approach business and life strategically, explaining what strategy is, why it s important, and how to do it Being Strategic offers you a step by step model and skills for strategic thought and action that are broadly applicable and thoroughly practical First, get clear about the problem you re trying to solve Then, figure out where you re starting from Now, imagine your castle on the hill, the future you want to create Identify the trolls under the bridge the obstacles in your path Next, outline the path to the castle your core strategies and the tactics for implementing them Re evaluate your strategy and your tactics as conditions change Framed around the story of 13th century Welsh nobles building an actual castle, and weaving in dozens of real life examples from her practice, which has helped restaurateur Danny Meyer and many others, noted consultant Erika Andersen offers a complete course in turning around a business, or a life.

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    1. Strategy is one of my favorite topics. This book offers a solid definition of strategy and presents an effective road map to follow. The delivery, however, would be better served in a workshop format.Here's the definition:Being strategic means consistently making those core directional choices that will best move you toward your hoped for future.Here's the road map:!. Clarify What Is2. Envision What's the Hope3. Face What's in the Way4. Determine What's the PathThe author uses the idea of buildi [...]

    2. I read this book for a long time before giving up. It was like a personal goal to keep reading, but alas, I have failed myself.The beginning of this book is interesting and gave me some things to think about. It was also really circumlocutious. Every list, diagram and introductory road map was much longer and more confusing than it needed to be. Like, "First, do this, second, this eighth, and twelve, and then, and then." So, by the middle of the book, the unnecessary repetition was too much and [...]

    3. Absolutely wonderful and practical. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for career or business strategy help. Erika tells this in a conversational business book way that I find very effective. It is a practical workbook, as well; do the thinking and practicing and you WILL build skill in being strategic!I would like to give this 4.5 stars (and I may up my rating). For me, having read through a fair amount of "classic" business strategy and strategic thinking books and leadership books, [...]

    4. Mediocre. Like every other book on strategy, very linear in it's thinking and never deals with where strategy actually has to come from. In other words, strategy starts with ideas. So how do you come up with good ideas for strategy? Doesn't say. Does talk about getting clear on both the challenge and your current reality first, which is important, but all strategy books say the same thing and never get to the hard part. Boring.

    5. It's simple and clear. It offers a helpful strategic process. I even used it to map out some strategic steps for me going forward. But I keep one major caveat in place for people of faith, strategic thinking isn't about getting to an end, it's about getting us moving. As a friend says, "God's guidance is directional, not terminal."

    6. Good book so far. Many books on strategic planning review the definition but do not walk you through the process. This book takes an individual through a practical process of strategic planning. The 'Castle on a Hill" stories are a bit much but overall, a decent, worthwhile read.

    7. I thought the book gave a useful guide to implementing more strategic approach to problem solving. A bit too corporate-driven at times, but still useful.

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