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Preview — The Strategist by Cynthia Montgomery
The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs
Strategy is about identifying why your business matters, not just analysing the competition. Cynthia Montgomery reveals how leaders can embrace the crucial role of The Strategist to really define and drive the objectives and advantages to power their companies forward.
Based on her legendary strategy course, one of the most oversubscribed executive courses at Harvard Business School, Cyforward.Based ...more
Nearly 2 years down the line, I found the book does have practical aspects in it related to strategy and leadership alike. The author believes the two are inseparable.
Being a strategist is not enough, you need to be the "strategist your company needs", understanding the ...more
This book is a short read on what strategy is about and on who is responsible for making the strategy: the CEO or business owner.
There is nothing technical or fancy here or even remarkable like say Blue Ocean Strategy but she does a good job of clearly laying out the basics: strategy is about having a compelling purpose for wh ...more
Talking about Strategy sounds cool, so many people do it, especially if you are a newly minted MBA. Unfortunately, the perception of most people about Strategy is to solve the puzzle and declare it done. Sometimes it may be an internal team but many times it involves the use of an external Consulting firm with complicated sounding frameworks. The book talks about some strategy cases but is mainly focused on recommending the le ...more
A strategist is an organization’s leader who works to ensure that the organization is able to adapt and change over time to maintain its competitive edge. As the author points out, strategy and execution are not two separate endeavours but are instead two-sides of the same coin. The key is balancing these two aspects of an organization’s operations over time. This is how you achieve long-term organizational success.
The book is based on Cynthia Montgomery’s strat ...more
It serves more to take ...more
I have to say, this one was fine. It explains the broad concepts of strategy using case studies, which I think is a smart way to go about it. I think it's pretty surface level, kind of common-sense thoughts, but if you have no background in the area I think it's a solid entry level book to talking and thinking a ...more
In The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs, Montgomery helps you to think about applying and understanding the market forces in your industry. Montgomery also discusses the importance of creating value with her Strategy Wheel.
The heart of all this is the purpose; why does your company exist? The book is about taking ownership of the process, and ensuring that your system of v ...more
A good Strategy should be a system of value creation driven by a unique purpose which forms the bedrock of all the organization decisions.
A key question that every strategist should always ask
“If the firm didn't exist anymore would the world care?”