Strategy is more than a plan

In one of my very first essays, I wrote that some companies opt out of developing a strategy for a variety of reasons. But it might surprise you to know that there are also companies that think they have a strategy, when all they have is a plan or a set of goals. Big deal,…

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Understanding Michael Porter

by Joan Magretta

I though I understood Porter’s work, but never have I seen it presented so clearly and cleanly as in this book. Mandatory reading for anyone involved in strategy.

The Book of Five Rings

by Miyamoto Musashi
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Classic book on swordsmanship that is often read for its parallels to business strategy. It’s interesting in its own right and there’s a fair bit of martial wisdom that could be applied in a broader setting.

The Ride of a Lifetime

by Robert Iger
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Bob Iger tells the story of his ascent to the position of Disney CEO, including the acquisition of Pixar, Star Wars and 21st Century Fox