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  • The Challenge of Strategic

    Leadership

  • Locational targets

  • 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,

    2014)

  • 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

    valuable position

    a competitive

    advantage

  • Profit

    TimeStrategy

    Competitive advantage delivers sustained

    profit stream

  • 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.

  • Challenge #1

  • In volatile environments todays

    valuable direction easily

    becomes tomorrows path to

    irrelevance.

  • Challenge #2

  • Market

    Value

    Time

    Sustained

    value creation

  • Market

    Value

    Time

    Many companies occupying

    valuable positions,

    experience this

  • The Problem of Growth

    Successful companies relentlessly discover new (and

    unexpected) profit streams.

    Profit

    TimeStrategy

  • Firms must accumulate competitive

    advantages

  • Strategic leaders must accumulate valuable

    positions

    Value Creation

    time

    Position 1

    Position 2

    Position 3

    Position 4

    Position 5

  • If success for a corporation

    requires sustained value

    creation, what is success for

    you as a leader within a

    corporation?

  • Challenge #3

  • Theory of

    Sustained

    Value

    Creation

    Innovative

    High Quality

    Globalized

    High customer service

    Efficient production

    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

    value creation.

  • Brain Overload

    Divided Motivations

    Design Conflicts

  • How do strategic leaders

    drive sustained value

    creation?

  • Behavior #1:

    They compose theories

    that guide ongoing

    strategic choices

  • A brilliant

    corporate

    theorist

  • Strategic leaders should

    compose theories of how

    they will drive ongoing value

    creation in their part of the

    organization?

  • Every manager

    with a theory of

    sustained value

    creation

  • Behavior #2:

    Strategic leaders

    dynamically

    design

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    Centralization Centralization Centralization

    Decentralization Decentralization Decentralization

    2005-2010

    HEWLETT-PACKARD TIMELINE

    Centralize

  • 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.

  • Behavior #3:

    Strategic leaders

    dynamically lead

  • Jacks Dynamics of Leading

  • Sequencing directional initiatives to sustain

    value creation

    Value Creation

    time#1 or #2, Fix, Close, or Sell

    Workout

    Best Practices

    Global

    Six Sigma

    .com

    Green

  • 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

    solve.

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    www.toddzenger.com