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The Challenge of Strategic
Study 1: a capacity to think and lead strategically
ten times more important to perceptions of
leadership effectiveness as measured by peers,
superiors, and subordinates than all other
leadership behaviors studied. (Robert Kabocoff,
Study 2: Across 50,000 global leaders, the
best differentiator of those in top management
from those in middle management was a
capacity for strategic vision. (Zenger-Folkman)
Strategic leaders identify
valuable locations and lead
others toward them with pace.
Search for a
Competitive advantage delivers sustained
While skill in direction setting is
unrivaled in importance, it is
unmatched in difficulty.
Fundamental problem is that direction
setting is not once set and done.
In volatile environments todays
valuable direction easily
becomes tomorrows path to
Many companies occupying
The Problem of Growth
Successful companies relentlessly discover new (and
unexpected) profit streams.
Firms must accumulate competitive
Strategic leaders must accumulate valuable
If success for a corporation
requires sustained value
creation, what is success for
you as a leader within a
High customer service
Superb talent development
The Leadership-Design Delusion
Skillful leadership and a well
crafted organizational design allow
leaders to simultaneously
generate all the behaviors and
outcomes required to sustain
How do strategic leaders
drive sustained value
They compose theories
that guide ongoing
Strategic leaders should
compose theories of how
they will drive ongoing value
creation in their part of the
with a theory of
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Sailing into the Wind
Carly Fiorina: When you sail, you dont get there in a straight line. You
adjust your course to fit the times and the current conditions.
Jacks Dynamics of Leading
Sequencing directional initiatives to sustain
time#1 or #2, Fix, Close, or Sell
Strategic leaders are
relentless value creators.
gifted in composing theories of value specific to
their location in the organization.
not fooled by the delusion that all desirable
directions can be pursued simultaneously.
Strategic leaders are
able to discover, identify, and deploy those
levers that will drive todays necessary change you
desire, or will solve the problems you seek to