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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118878442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118878446
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In many businesses, developing and implementing strategies can be a daunting and frustrating process. Many executives and business decision makers acknowledge the importance of cultivating and executing optimal strategies for growth and success, but the process of building strategies often becomes permanently mired in the seemingly endless requirements of daily business operations. As a result, strategy is pushed aside because it requires too much time and resources to create an effective one – and businesses suffer as a result. With Business Strategy: Plan, Execute, Win!, leading business strategist and adviser Patrick J. Stroh enlightens readers with a series of real-world stories and insights from helping clients to create a plan, execute it, and accurately measure its results.

Patrick speaks directly to CEOs, business executives, and those who aspire to C-level careers as he uses engaging parables to impart hard-earned wisdom as it pertains to business strategy development. Each chapter ends by asking readers to note two Golden Nuggets of information from the ­previous story and to eventually share those nuggets with their boards of directors, staffs, and teams. This unique approach is designed to ensure that readers take actionable insights away from the book and apply them to their own business challenges.

In Business Strategy: Plan, Execute, Win!, the author takes a positive, enlightened approach to creating and carrying out successful business strategies. This resource has been designed to be a light-hearted, engaging champion of business strategy, and it focuses on the best approaches for creating a business plan, executing it, and monitoring it.

  • Demonstrates how business strategy, leadership, and general management are all inextricably linked and should operate simultaneously for best results
  • Discusses the key traits of successful chief strategy officers (CSOs) and considers what this role should and should not entail
  • Relies on engaging storytelling to aid in retention and reader involvement
  • Written in an accessible style and filled with advice for planning, communicating, and listening to customers

With this guide, you will become familiar with universal success factors for creating solid business strategies, and will better understand the expectations and roles of today’s business strategist.

From the Back Cover


“I wholeheartedly agree with Patrick Stroh: Good leaders understand strategy and good strategists need to be good leaders. Make this book a strategic tool for improving your business strategy.”
— Harvey Mackay, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive

“Oh no, yet another book on strategy, you say?! As a former CFO and now CEO of a multinational company, I can say this is a must read since we all agree that executing strategies is MUCH harder than developing strategies. What is different? Stroh has seen it all at many levels of the C-suite, and I strongly encourage aspiring C-suiters to carefully study his 10 universal truths of successful strategy execution that build on business, reality TV, Hollywood movies, and even agriculture analogies!”
— Jeff Thomson, CMA, CAE, President and CEO, IMA (Institute of Management Accountants)

“Patrick was my chief strategy and innovation officer during a time of growth and change across healthcare. He is a very thoughtful and strategic leader with real-world insights.”
— Jacqueline Kosecoff, PhD, Moriah Partners and former CEO of OptumRx

“Finally, strategy made real. Unlike academics who describe strategy in a way that will never work in real life, Patrick Stroh guides you through a concise, realistic path to strategic planning and execution. Only a true practitioner can produce a book about strategy that can be immediately applied to your business. Real strategy guidance for real businesses.”
— Lior Arussy, President, Strativity Group; Author of five books, including Customer Experience Strategy

“Patrick has taken on the often complex topic of strategy and delivered a useful set of insights in a clear, easy to get your head around format and tone. His approach and style allows you to make quick and practical applications to real business needs and real business solutions. A great read!”
— John Sweeney, Owner, Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre; Author of Innovation at the Speed of Laughter

“Discontinuities in a fastly emerging business ecosystem make this book an engaging and effective resource for strategic thinkers, leaders, and students, but a MUST read for those struggling to build a strategic paradigm for their team to align around and drive the future success of their firm with practical advice and useful tools.”
— James Hansen, Chairman, JAMF Software; Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas

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Just as in residential real estate, for every house there is a buyer, I am convinced that for every business book, there is also a buyer and I think there are many people who will benefit substantially from the approach that Patrick Stroh takes to the content he provides. The last time I checked, Amazon offers 73, 377 books that cover one or more aspects of business strategy; 16,462 of them are classified within the "Management" category. Obviously, there is no shortage of information, insights, and counsel concerning strategy, both inline and in print. Fortunately, Customer Reviews such as mine can help those who read them to decide which source(s) will most likely be most relevant to the given needs and interests.

As I began to read this book, I was again reminded of Michael Porter's observation, "The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do." I agree with Porter as well as with Stroh: "Creating a strategy that you in turn drive into actionable plans and goals with associated metrics is invaluable. Execution is everything. Great executors of business strategy create conditions in which people":

O Know what to do because accountabilities are clear.
O Know how to do it because they have the right skills.
O Are motivated to do it because they see how they are adding value to the organization.
o Have defined metrics by which to measure the nature and extent of impact.

I view strategies as "hammers" that drive "nails" (tactics) to achieve the given objectives. Stroh's approach is to focus on the essentials of that process.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Seiple on June 17, 2014
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Apprehensive as I may be to pick up the next "new" business strategy instructional manual, I was very surprised at Mr. Stroh's no-nonsense, approachable and relatable way to dissect the essential meanings we are all looking for to strive to be better in business, at home and in life. I was drawn in and captivated how Mr. Stroh related his tried and true method to several meaningful portions of his personal life. The note spaces at the end of chapters allowed me true reflection, not only on what I've read; but, how I can relate the digested information to my own life and how I can plan for the future, execute said plan and truly win at whatever I may encounter. I would recommend this book to everyone from a High Schooler, College goer, seasoned professional or family home maker. The information can be easily disseminated and played out in any facet of your life. Quite possibly the best book I've read on a business strategy!
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