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Product Details

  • Series: Financial Times Series
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273785877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273785873
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 ‘Quite a tour de force! Davide Sola and Jerome Couturier have managed to produce a thoughtful and practical strategy handbook, full of step-by-step advice and concrete examples. A must read - and a must use - for any leader eager to position their business for success.’

 

Hubert Joly, President and Chief Executive Officer, Best Buy Co., Inc.


‘Finally... a clear and comprehensive guide that sets out, step by step, how to create a compelling and actionable strategy. This book is a must read for anyone who needs to create a strategic plan and then execute it! The book gives straightforward and practical advice on how to think and act strategically. Best of all, it is written in plain English and not full of impenetrable business speak.’

 

Andy Ransom, Chief Executive Officer, Rentokil

 

 

‘With strategy, timing is everything. This book is a reminder that strategic thinking is the first step to change management and success. It makes it clear that strategic thinking should not be daunting compared to the other day to day challenges we all face; it might even make those challenges easier! I love it, it helps me to clarify and structure my entrepreneurial ideas.”

 

Eric Babolat, President and Chief Executive Officer, Babolat

 

" The authors are masters at integrating deep strategic thinking with wisdom and actionability. Clear, concise, effective, brillant!"

 

Gianemilio Osculati, CEO of Wealth Management at SanPaolo  Assicura 

 

‘This is a truly inspirational book which clearly sets out the steps to strategic success. It is a very useful tool for managing in the current very uncertain strategic context.’

 

Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Executive Officer, Eurostar

 

 

‘In a sea of very useful frameworks and great cases about strategy, what really strikes me is the lean testing methodology which is truly compelling. This is a great way to hedge uncertainty across cycles, geographies, business models and also personal biases. I really see a way to transform the strategic process into a learning process for my organisation.’

 

Aldo Bisio, Chief Executive Officer, Ariston Thermo

 

‘I have been impressed by both the quality and practicality of the book. On one hand it is built as a guidebook that managers can use on an ad-hoc basis, particularly for large transformational initiatives. On the other hand, it reads fantastically well in one go, providing a holistic and fascinating view of what strategic thinking is about. The ideas and tools proposed in the book are definite success factors for all organisations.’

 

Nicolas Japy, Group Chief Operating Officer, Sodexo

 

‘This book is an absolute must read for anyone who aims to successfully manage a business. Jerome and Davide have definitely succeeded in redefining strategic thinking, in a vibrant, thought-provoking and convincing manner. This book is really about the future of management.’

 

Albert Bourla, President & General Manager, Established Products Business Unit at Pfizer

 

How to Think Strategically provides a simple and useful approach to the most misused word in business: strategy. Together with the app, it helps to focus on what is relevant.’

 

Daniel John Winteler, Chief Executive Officer, Miroglio Group

 

‘How can you move from the simple desire to be strategic to actually having in place robust and clearly understood strategies? This book offers a practical roadmap to creating strategies, preparing an organisation for its implementation and building a framework that helps organisations embrace strategy as a true habit.’

 

Bernal Alejandro, Chief Executive Officer, Zoetis EMEA

 

 

‘This is an enlightening book. Often while I was reading it I thought “Now I know why XYZ worked!” recalling in my mind situations and decisions I made in the past.

It is a definite read for both young and seasoned executives. It is written in an easy, but at the same time, exciting style.’

 

Christina Miccoli, Chairman, CheBanca!

 

‘Although strategic thinking and acting are definitely the most complex business processes, Jerome and Davide have brilliantly mastered this challenging topic and have created a book providing clear and direct guidance, not only on how to tackle these challenges but how to finish as a winner.’

 

Dr Andreas Penk, President of the Pfizer Oncology business in Europe and Country Lead for Pfizer Germany

 

How to Think Strategically makes for fascinating reading on the three pillars of strategy: strategic thinking, strategy formulation and strategy execution. It is this focus on the three domains which make it unique, providing a holistic perspective to students and corporate executives. The authors need to be congratulated for writing the book in a simple and lucid style. I highly recommend this book as a must read for corporate executives as well as students.’

 

Dr P Singh, Director General, International Management Institute, Delhi, India

 

‘This is a powerful book on strategic thinking.  It is insightful, practically useful and provides a detailed roadmap to devising and executing a winning strategy.’

 

Reda Guiha, Director of the Specialty Care Business Unit, Pfizer France

 

 

 ‘What makes this book extraordinarily distinctive is the authors’ holistic approach to strategy which is a balanced blend of several key ingredients: thinking and creation; rationality and intuition; answers and questions; vision and action; and individual and collective strategic leadership. Very useful and inspirational reading for those facing complex challenges who are willing to find unexplored paths aimed at turning threats into opportunities.’

 

Salvatore De Rienzo, consultant, EgonZehnder

 

 ‘A clever way to view and approach strategic management. Reminds us that strategic thinking is part of everyone’s business.’

 

Gianpaolo Odarda, strategist at Ferrero International

 

 

‘A reference book for anybody interested in strategy, including experienced executives eager to have an impact on their business.’

 

Sebastien Herzog, Chief Audit Executive, AXA Investment Managers

 

‘This book succeeds in undermining the rigid framework on which business is based in order to see beyond the surface! It reminds me of the “Think Different” approach by the unforgettable Steve Jobs. It gave me great ideas to improve the efficiency of my business and I feel like I have gained a fresh new perspective. Great job, Davide and Jerome!’

 

Marco Toledo, Chief Operating Officer, Tosetti Value SPA

 

“Designing and executing a robust strategy to address a core challenge and create value, is a key condition to be competitive. The authors have structured the process like a journey through the strategic path and are providing the readers with very robust tools, case stories and tips, on how to make it work for everyone. If you are looking for a complete handbook to increase your strategic abilities, don’t look further.”

 

Bernard KREILMANN, Managing Director, Ferrero USA

From the Back Cover

Discover how to become an effective strategic thinker.

 

Some people seem to achieve the best results, again and again. Is it luck? Or is it strategy?

 

 How to Think Strategically equips you with the skills you need to make the best decisions and develop a powerful strategic mindset.

 

This hands-on guide tackles both the thinking and the doing, helping you develop a robust strategic plan for your business. It offers a six-step framework that addresses key questions, including:

 

  • Which core challenges do I need to overcome?
  • How do I manage uncertainty and risk?
  • How do I execute my business strategy?

 Visit www.howtothinkstrategically.org  for the accompanying app and the Strategic Thinking Manifesto.

 


More About the Author

I am a very curious individual who is very lucky to be able to choose what he likes to do. I am a full time member of faculty at ESCP Europe (www.escpeurope.eu), which is also my Alma Mater (i.e. I am an Alumni) . At ESCP Europe I teach subjects in the area of Strategy and Human Capital in the campuses of London, Paris, Turin and Madrid. I am also a Principal at 3H Partners (www.3hpartners.com) where I try to apply and experiment the "theories" I develop as a researcher and educator. I serve big big clients as well as tiny ones - with one thing in common - that is they have something that triggers my curiosity and that of course they are prepared to experiment with a different approach.
I am a vivid reader of all sort of books and I love to learn new things all the time from all sort of mediums which I try to synthetise for others either through class material or through writings.
Finally I am passionate about food, family and fitness. Food and Family because I am Italian, Fitness because I believe that "Mens sana in corpore sano" (healthy mind in healthy body).
In terms of my publication record, this till recently (publication of How to Think Strategically) was focused on academic publications, among others

COUTURIER J., SOLA D., SCARSO-BORIOLI G., RAICIU C., (2012), "How can the Internet of Things help to overcome current healthcare challenges", COMMUNICATIONS AND STRATEGIES, 3rd Q., Issue 87, pp 67-81, 15 p.

SOLA D., COUTURIER J., RAICIU C., (2012), "Market entry decisions in emerging economies: the choice of local intermediaries as key determinant of competitive sustainability. Examining the case of a leading MNC entering the Maghreb region", INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TRADE AND GLOBAL MARKETS, Vol. 5, Issue 2, 16 p.

D.SOLA, R.QUAGLIA, J.COUTURIER, A. LOPINTO, "Familiness vs. Family Ownership and Control: What is the impact on the performance of a firm? Evidence from the field", INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICE (IJMP), Vol. 5, No 3

D.SOLA, T.TSE, and GHEORGHITA R., (2011) "Factors determining the investment strategies of family wealth: Cases from Western Europe", INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT CASES, Volume 13(1), pp. 101-110, 9p

D. SOLA, COUTURIER J., HALLIBURTON C., (2011) "European Market Entry Strategies" in HERAUSFORDERUNG DER INTERNATIONALEN MARKTORIENTIERTEN UNTERNEHMENSFUHRUNG, Gabler, pp 95-113

D. SOLA, G. SCARSOBORIOLI, M. TAILLARD (2010), "Orchestrating Change: Shared Intentions is the Key Factor Enabling Change to Happen" in TOWARDS THE NEXT ORBIT, A CORPORATE ODISSEY, SAGE, pp. 247-266

J. COUTURIER, D. SOLA (2010), "International market entry decisions" JOURNAL OF GENERAL MANAGEMENT Vo. 35, No 4 Summer 2010

COUTURIER J., SOLA D., STONHAM P., (2009), "Are sovereign wealth funds ''white knights''?", Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, Vol. 1, n° 3, pp. 142-151, 10 p.

EVANS A. J., SOLA D., COUTURIER J., (2009), "Looking beyond your neighbor: a peer group analysis of the environment for SMEs across Europe", Les Cahiers de Friedland, N° 4, 2nd semestre, pp. 77-84, 8 p.

SOLA D., STONHAM P., (2008), "Risky Business", BUSINESS STRATEGY REVIEW, Summer, Vol.19, Issue 2, pp. 65-71, 7 p.

SOLA D., EVANS A., POENARU A. (2008) "Enterprising Britain: How to Build the Enterprise Capital of the world", Oxford Management Publishing

COUTURIER J., SOLA D., (2007), "La croissance par acquisition : un art moins facile qu'il n'y parait", in ESCP-EAP, Bain & Company (eds), L'art de la croissance, Éditions Village Mondial, Les Échos, Pearson Education, pp 86-91, 6 p

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A very good book, well structured and easy to read.
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A very interesting book that makes strategic thinking easy, accessible and actionable.
Marina
I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in business, thinking, or creativity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tamara on November 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
Definetely one of my favorite strategy books. I'm always amazed when someone with such a rich experience shares his knowledge in a such a simple way, using words everyone can understand. Very easy to read, well structured with lot of concrete examples.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marina on November 12, 2013
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A very interesting book that makes strategic thinking easy, accessible and actionable. I recommend this book to everyone interested in introducing innovative approaches into their companies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas on November 8, 2013
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Loads of concrete advices ready to implement. I used it as a step-by-step guide to develop innovative solutions in my company. A must read for anyone looking for strategic insights to enhance innovation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Younes on November 8, 2013
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A very good book, well structured and easy to read. It is presented without jargon and contains a wealth of practical wisdom of how to think strategically. I would recommend this book for your learning and career.
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By Melissa on January 21, 2014
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An easy to digest read, with lots of helpful and easy to execute strategies. Perfect for anyone wanting to start a business or better manage an existing one.
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Had a good time reading this book. Especially the examples are fresh and thought provoking. I felt the book has an interesting perspective to existing theories. Serves as a practical strategy guide to anybody interested in solving business problems.

The book can help you navigate smoothly through the waters of uncertainty when formulating and implementing strategies. The way you handle strategies is likely to get better.
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