StrategyMan vs. the Anti-Strategy Squad: Using Strategic Thinking to Defeat Bad Strategy and Save Your Plan

StrategyMan vs. the Anti-Strategy Squad: Using Strategic Thinking to Defeat Bad Strategy and Save Your Plan

by Rich Horwath

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Overview

BEST STRATEGY BOOK OF 2018: AXIOM BUSINESS BOOK AWARDS
​From the New York Times bestselling author on strategy


Technobody—maker of wearable technologies—is under attack. Its strategic plan is slowly being killed by the top 20 strategy challenges (villains) every company faces: bad meetings (Meeting Menace), fire drills (Fire Driller), silos (Silo-Clops), and too many priorities (Dr. Yes). They are members of the Anti-Strategy Squad, a gang whose mission is to cause mass strategycide and global bankruption. But Technobody will not fail without a fight. Led by its fearless managers and three superheroes—StrategyMan, Innovatara, and Purposeidon—they will summon all of its strategic thinking powers to wage one final war against bad strategy and save its plan.

New research shows that the number one most important leadership capability for executives is strategic thinking. Yet, only 3 out of every 10 people are strategic. With the leading cause of business failure being bad strategy, it's critical that you and your team are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and tools to think strategically. 

In StrategyMan vs. the Anti-Strategy Squad, you'll learn how to:

- Develop a common language for strategy.
- Create a shared understanding of strategy.
- Apply practical strategy tools to your business.
- Think strategically on a daily basis.
- Infuse innovation into your strategies.
- Facilitate strategy conversations.
- Lead strategic meetings.
- Set clear strategic direction.
- Profitably grow your business.
- Create competitive advantage.

In today's ultracompetitive market, it's be strategic . . . or be gone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626345492
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 396,858
Product dimensions: 6.62(w) x 10.18(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rich Horwath is the CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute, where he helps organizations develop enterprise-wide capabilities in strategic thinking and planning. As a former Chief Strategy Officer and graduate professor of strategy, he has worked with more than 100,000 managers to develop their strategic thinking skills. Rich leads executive teams through strategic thinking and planning workshops to help them set clear strategic direction, facilitate strategy conversations, and create competitive advantage. He is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of seven books on strategic thinking, including Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking,Strategy for You: Building a Bridge to the Life You Want and Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy. 

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CHAPTER 1

ALL OVER THE WORLD, STRATEGIES WERE DYING.

THOUSANDS OF BUSINESS FACED BANKRUPTCY.

PEOPLES JOBS WERE AT STAKE.

BUT WHAT WAS THE NEFARIOUS FORCE KILLING THEM OFF?

AND WHO COULD SAVE THEM?

WHO STRATEGY ARE WE SCORCHING NEXT?

TECHNOBODY?

THEY'RE WORKING ON A COVERT WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.

ONCE WE GET OUR PAWS ON IT, WE CAN INCREASE OUR STRATEGYCIDES INFINETELY.

"PAWS"?

EVERYTHING IS IN PLACE. AT THIS RATE, TECHNOBODY'S STRATEGIC PLAN WILL DIE IN A MATTER OF WEEKS.

ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS ALIGNED.

OUCH!

SORRY, MISS-ALIGNMENT, MY DEAR.

LET'S PASS OUT THE TRIPLE TOP-SECRET MISSIONS.

... AND SOME OF THOSE GLUTEN-FREE GOOSE LIVER AND KALE CUPCAKES MR. DR. YES MADE. I'M FAMISHED.

BUT D. YES, WOULDN'T PASSING OUT TOP-SECRET MISSIONS TO EVERYONE DEFEAT THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THEM BEING TOP SECRET? I PREFER A CULTURE OF SECRECY AND COMPETITION. LET THEM STAY IN THE DARK.

ONE HAND HAS TO KNOW WHAT THE OTHER'S DOING IF WE'RE EVER GOING TO SUCCEED.

THIS LOOK LIKE A PLAN. DOES IT HAVE ...

A STRATEGY?

NO, NO. IT DOESN'T CONTAIN A STRATEGY.

ACTUALLY, MANY OF THE BUSINESSES WE'VE KILLED HAD PLANS WITH NO REAL STRATEGIES EITHER.

IT'S JUST A BIG TO-DO LIST TO KEEP US ON TRACK

I'VE MADE CHECKLISTS FOR EVERYONE. ALSO NOT A STRATEGY. A LIST, THAT'S ALL.

A MINDLESS TEMPLATE COMPLETED IS A STRATEGY DEFEATED.

(Continues…)


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