How to Think Strategically: Sharpen Your Mind. Develop Your Competency. Contribute to Success.

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Price
$24.95  $22.95
Publisher
Maven House Press
Publish Date
Pages
304
Dimensions
5.9 X 0.8 X 8.9 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781938548901

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About the Author

Greg Githens is a strategic thinking coach, consultant, advisory board member, and speaker at Catalyst & Cadre. He has helped hundreds of individuals, teams, and organizations become more effective in developing skill in strategy and its execution. He leads a popular seminar for the Project Management Institute entitled Leading Strategic Initiatives. He's also a practitioner and facilitator of strategy and execution, working with executives, boards of directors, and at strategic planning retreats. Greg is the co-author of the best-selling Successful Project Management. He's also the author of numerous book chapters, two blogs, StrategicThinkingCoach.com and LeadingStrategicInitiatives.com, and dozens of articles for the Product Development & Management Association and the Project Management Institute. Greg holds an MBA from Bowling Green State University, an MEn. from Miami University, and a BS from The Ohio State University. He is a certified Project Management Professional and a certified New Product Development Professional.

Reviews

Foreword Reviews (July/August 2019)

Competent strategic thinkers are exceptions to the rule and rare in the business world, writes executive coach Greg Githens. Aiming to change that, his new, comprehensive playbook How to Think Strategically is excellent and insightful, coming with a healthy dose of authoritative advice and a multitude of examples.

Delving into the nature, purpose, and scope of strategic thinking, the text combines theory with practice and offers specific, actionable tips for becoming a competent strategic thinker. Several of its concepts are memorable, delivered through straightforward lists that include the "Four X-Factors of Strategic Thinking" and the "Twelve Microskills of Strategic Thinking." Each element of every list is explained in clear and thorough terms.

In-depth case studies draw upon a wide and unusual variety of figures, including Christopher Columbus, Oakland A's strategist Billy Beane, and IBM executive Lou Gerstner. Gerstner's example - he led "one of the most remarkable business turnarounds in history" - spans two chapters and illustrates the striking difference between strategic and tactical decisions. It also incorporates a number of the strategic principles discussed in the book.

Several charts and tables help explain various aspects of strategic thinking, and the writing is clear and concise, while its engaging imagery - one chapter describes "Shoulder Angels" representing "dullness" and "sharpness" - distinguishes it among business books.

Careful in its research and organized in a logical fashion, How to Think Strategically is a deft business text. Both effective and complete, the guide is convincing, pushing its readership toward success and toward becoming a more skilled leader. It will be of significant value to senior executives and managers alike.

-- Barry Silverstein
Library Journal (June 2019): An excellent primer on nurturing an essential life skill. -- Deborah Bigelow

Readers' Favorite (July 2019): An excellent book which can be used as a supplement in a Strategic Management Course or in an organization training their managers to become strategic. Highly recommended! -- Randy B. Lichtman

Foreword Reviews (July/August 2019): Both effective and complete, the guide is convincing, pushing its readership toward success and toward becoming a more skilled leader. It will be of significant value to senior executives and managers alike. -- Barry Silverstein