Strategic Learning. How to Be Smarter Than Your Competition and Turn Key Insights into Competitive Advantage

  • ID: 1368581
  • Book
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for Strategic Learning

"Strategic Learning has become a vital element of how we think about the future in Ericsson. The wisdom of Willie Pietersen′s approach to strategy has helped us move from planning rituals to strategy as learning, and has made a big difference to the way we work."
Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson

"Strategic Learning is the best method I′ve ever found for creating winning strategies."
Michael Mahoney, Company Group Chairman, Johnson & Johnson

"Pietersen′s focus on creating highly adaptive and dynamic strategy is essential for our turbulent times. His Strategic Learning process forces companies to confront difficult truths presented by the marketplace and helps them thrive amid uncertainty."
Jill Spencer, Executive Vice President, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta

"Strategic Learning and Willie Pietersen have had an amazing impact on the Girl Scouts, helping us create a transformational strategy to bring relevance to a ninety–seven–year–old organization. We are confident that we are now focusing on the few things that are making the biggest difference."
Kathy Cloninger, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA

"Willie Pietersen′s deep insights about strategy and leadership have helped our commercial and medical leaders understand how we can move from merely doing strategy to excelling at it."
David Epstein, President and CEO, Novartis Oncology, Novartis Molecular Diagnostics

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

INTRODUCTION.

The New Competitive Context.

Winning in the New Environment.

Reinventing Strategy with Strategic Learning.

Why This Book?

Getting to Excelling.

PART I WHAT EVERY ORGANIZATION NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT STRATEGY.

CHAPTER 1 The Real Job of Strategy.

What Is Strategy?

What Key Questions Must Strategy Answer for Us?

Choice–Making in Action.

Strategy and Planning Are Different.

Closing the Doing/Excelling Gap.

CHAPTER 2 Defining Competitive Advantage: How Much More Value Do You Deliver Than Your Competitors?

Mind the Gap.

Stretching the Elastic Band.

GM s Race to the Bottom.

Value Leadership through a Winning Proposition.

What s Your Winning Proposition?

The Moment of Truth.

PART II APPLYING STRATEGIC LEARNING TO CREATE AN ADAPTIVE ENTERPRISE.

CHAPTER 3 Strategic Learning: Four Key Steps, One Cycle.

Do You Have a Robust Method?

What Were We Thinking?

The Theory of Natural Selection.

Complexity Theory.

Learning Organizations.

Strategy s New Mission.

The Five Killer Competencies.

The Strategic Learning Cycle.

What We ve Learned from Deming.

Building Capability through Deliberate Practice.

CHAPTER 4 Learn: Using a Situation Analysis to Generate Superior.

Insights about Your External Environment and Your Own Realities.

The Sense and Respond Imperative.

Learning through the Situation Analysis.

Analyzing Customer Needs.

Who Are Our Stakeholders and Why Do They Matter?

Analyzing Competitors.

Interpreting Industry Dynamics.

Taking a Broader View.

Facing Your Own Realities.

Pulling Together the Situation Analysis.

Winning the Battle for Insights.

Doing a Great Situation Analysis: The Rules of Success.

CHAPTER 5 Focus: Clarifying Your Winning Proposition and Identifying Your Key Priorities.

Making Your Strategic Choices.

The Parmenides Fallacy.

Value Proposition versus Winning Proposition.

Where Does Your Vision Fit In?

Delivering Superior Profits.

The Three Bottom Lines.

Your Key Priorities.

How the Girl Scouts Did It.

Deciding What Not to Do.

CHAPTER 6 Align: Mobilizing Your Entire Organization behind Your Strategy.

Leading a Journey.

The Golden Rules of Successful Execution.

Closing the Gaps.

The Business Ecosystem.

Changing an Organization s Culture.

Avoiding the Values Trap.

CHAPTER 7 Overcoming Resistance to Change and Driving Momentum.

Dealing with the Sources of Resistance.

The Lessons of the Sigmoid Curve.

The Curse of Success.

Launching the Second Curve.

Maximize Participation.

Generate Short–Term Wins.

Deal Directly with Resisters.

Set a Shining Example.

CHAPTER 8 Translating Your Strategy into a Compelling Leadership Message.

What Is Leadership?

Building a Cathedral.

Commander s Intent.

Who Are the Leaders?

Developing Your Leadership Message.

The Power of Storytelling.

The Need for Repetition.

CHAPTER 9 Execute: Implementing and Experimenting in the Strategic Learning Cycle.

Learning through Experimentation.

Learning from Others.

Learning from Mistakes.

Experiential Learning: The After–Action Review.

Strategic Learning 365 Days a Year.

PART III INTEGRATING STRATEGY AND LEADERSHIP.

CHAPTER 10 Leading through a Crisis.

Dealing Successfully with the Unexpected.

Learning Your Way Out of a Crisis.

Building Readiness.

Seizing Opportunities during a Crisis.

The Human Dimension.

CHAPTER 11 Becoming an Integrated Leader.

The Three Domains of Leadership.

Articulating Your Leadership Credo.

The Quest for Self–Knowledge.

The Lifeline Exercise.

Applying Strategic Learning to Yourself.

CONCLUSION.

The 5 Cs: Choices, Clarity, Change, Courage, and Compassion.

The Five Cs.

APPENDIX.

NOTES.

INDEX.

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Willie Pietersen was raised in South Africa and received a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. After practicing law, he embarked on an international business career, serving as the CEO of multibillion–dollar businesses such as Lever Foods, Seagram USA, Tropicana, and Sterling Winthrop′s Consumer Health Group. Since 1998, Pietersen has been Professor of the Practice of Management at the Columbia University Business School. He has served as teacher and advisor to many global companies, including Boeing, Deloitte, DePuy, Ericsson, ExxonMobil, Novartis, SAP, and the Girl Scouts of the USA. He is the author of Reinventing Strategy, which is widely used by organizations as a guide to the creation of winning strategies, and has been translated into Spanish and Chinese.

For more information about the application of Strategic Learning, visit www.williampietersen.com.

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