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

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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,

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by St. Martin's Press
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Gene Babon
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: strategy
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 Is
2. Envision What's the Hope
3. Face What's in the Way
4. Determine What's the Path

The author uses the idea of buildi
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 a
Steve Semler
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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,
Aug 15, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dminlsf, ministry
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."
Felicia Middleton
Jul 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reading-halted
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.
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it
It taught me the difference between strategy and tactics. Surprised me. Worth the read.
Aga Artka
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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Since 1980, Erika Andersen has developed a reputation for creating learning and change processes and programs uniquely tailored to her clients’ challenges, goals, and culture. She and her colleagues at Proteus International offer practical methods and skills for individuals, teams, and companies to clarify and then achieve their hoped-for-future.

Much of her recent work has focused on organizationa