Be More Strategic in Business: How to Win Through Stronger Leadership and Smarter Decisions

Be More Strategic in Business: How to Win Through Stronger Leadership and Smarter Decisions

by Diana Thomas, Stacey Boyle


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Take Your Leadership to the Next Level With This Award-Winning Business Book
  • Winner, 2018 Foreword Indies, Adult Nonfiction/Career
  • Award Finalist, 2018 Best Book Awards, Business/Careers
  • Winner, 2019 International Book Awards, Business/Careers
  • Winner, 2019 Discovery Award, Best First Book/Nonfiction
  • Honorable Mention, 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Award, Business

Strategic leadership is essential to business success: Strong leaders are those who successfully navigate a great shift: from tactical doer to strategic leader. Regardless of your industry, line of business, or sector, your organization desperately needs strategic leaders. A strategic leader is tuned in to the needs of the business, understands how his or her actions impact corporate objectives, and uses data to make smart decisions. Whether you’re leading a department team or running your own company, a strategic leader clearly propels business performance.

Building a ladder to strategic leadership: Stephen R. Covey famously explained strategic leadership via the metaphor of workers clearing a jungle. The strategic leader was able to climb a tree and tell everybody they were laboring in the wrong jungle. In this book you will start out on the jungle floor and build a ladder to give you that strategic view over the tops of the trees. You’ll learn how to:

  • Develop your strategic skills
  • Set meaningful direction
  • Build a strategic plan
  • Make decisions to win

Proven approach to strategic leadership: You’ll get the training straight from the personal career journeys of two business women who have decades of experience and education. They come together to create a proven approach to understanding the big picture of what your organization is trying to accomplish and how to be an effective leader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633537842
Publisher: Mango Media
Publication date: 08/15/2018
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Diana Thomas is an executive coach who partners with business executives, teams, and learning leaders to help them become more strategic and find more happiness in their lives. She brings deep expertise from her career as U.S. Vice President for Learning and Development at McDonald’s Corporation, where she led all aspects of training and development at Hamburger University, McDonald's global training center of excellence. Her work there was recognized with numerous learning industry awards. Today she uses her decades of experience, education, and expertise to help her clients increase their organizational impact and grow a committed and engaged followership. She is an editorial advisory board member for Chief Learning Officer magazine, a faculty member for MediaTec’s CLO Accelerator, and board member for the National Diversity Council.

Dr. Stacey Boyle has led global consulting and research departments for over 20 years, during which time she has built a reputation for groundbreaking work connecting investments in people to critical business outcomes. Today she runs Smarter People Planning, a consultancy that helps some of the world’s top companies and non-profits answer their pressing business questions and make strategic decisions. Stacey is a sought-after thought leader in workforce analytics, evaluation, and management consulting. Her experience spans across a wide variety of industries, including the learning industry's most popular service providers and awards programs. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Behavioral Research and Evaluation from Oklahoma State University.

Table of Contents

Praise for Be More Strategic in Business 4

Dedication 11

Foreword 16

Introduction 20

Chapter 1 Finding Your Ground Amidst Disruption 30

What Happens When Strategic Leadership is Missing? 34

Why You? 36

What's All the Fuss about Change? 38

How Do We Win? 41

What's a Strategic Win? 42

Get Ready to Become a Winning Strategic Leader 47

Strategic Leadership Behaviors 49

Quick and Dirty Takeaways from This Chapter 56

Chapter 2 Six Factors for Strategic Leadership 58

When Was the Last Time You Tried to Climb a Tree? 60

The Rungs of the Ladder 60

Who Can Use the Factors? 62

A Quick and Dirty Framework for Strategic Leadership 65

Chapter 3 Factor 1-Develop Your Foundational Skills 66

1 Expand Your Knowledge of the Inside and Outside of Your Organization 67

2 Change Your Thinking 72

3 Look and Act Strategic 77

Where Do You Begin? 83

Enlist a Personal Development Board to Help You 84

Quick and Dirty Takeaways from This Chapter 88

Chapter 4 Communicate 90

Six Steps to Clear and Effective Communication 95

Navigating the Politics of Your Business 105

How to Report on Data, Trends, and Findings 109

Quick and Dirty Takeaways on Communication 111

Checklist for Factor 1: Develop Your Foundational Skills 112

Chapter 5 Factor 2-Establish the Vision 114

Creating a Vision and Strategy for Your Function 119

The Visioning Process 122

Strategizing 123

How Will You Know If You've Succeeded? 127

Quick and Dirty Takeaways for Factor 2 129

Checklist for Factor 2: Establish the vision 130

Chapter 6 Factor 3-Engage Stakeholders 132

The Governance Board 133

Quick and Dirty Takeaways for Factor 3 143

Checklist for Factor 3: Engage Stakeholders 144

Chapter 7 Factor 4-Build Your Strategic Plan 146

Plan, Do, Study, Act 151

Ask the Right Business Impact Questions 153

Know Your Enablers and Barriers 156

Finalize Your Business Impact Questions 160

Quick and Dirty Takeaways from This Chapter 162

Chapter 8 Create Your Impact Blueprint 164

Link Investments to Business Outcomes 167

Put Your Blueprint Into Action 181

Quick and Dirty Takeaways from This Chapter 184

Checklist for factor 4: Build your strategic plan 185

Chapter 9 Factor 5-Execute Your Strategic Plan 186

Change 187

Use the Rungs of the Ladder 189

Build and Lead a Winning Team for Everyday Execution 190

Using Data to Show Progress on Your Impact Blueprint 193

Update Your Impact Blueprint 200

Quick and Dirty Takeaways for Factor 5 203

Checklist for Factor 5: Execute Your Strategic Plan 204

Chapter 10 Factor 6-Make Decisions to Win 206

What Happens When You Stumble? 210

Strategic Leadership is an Ongoing Journey 212

Quick and Dirty Takeaways for Factor 6 214

Checklist for Factor 6: Make Decisions to Win 215

Conclusion 216

Be In Touch 222

Acknowledgements 223

Recommended Reading 225

About the Authors 227

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