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Learning to Think Strategically 2nd Edition

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"Strategic thinking is a discipline of major importance. Julia Sloan’s book not only stimulates managers to think more strategically, it also forces them to act more strategically. Combining learning with strategy will inspire both readers and doers of strategy to behave more strategically and to embark on strategy conversations in a renewed and more value adding way." - Flemming Poulfelt, Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

"Learning to Think Strategically is a masterpiece weaving exceptional research into practical application. The power of intuition, framing, and informal learning brings strategic thinking into clear focus. Learning to Think Strategically is required reading for our MBA students." - Richard Okumoto, Lecturer at San Jose State University, USA and Chairman of the Strategy Committee at the Center for Employment Training, Inc.

"Entropic one-hit-wonder or the messy and creative success of the Beatles? Julia Sloan’s deep work with executives and corporations supports our own walks on the courageous path of the later. Her learning-based model is an individualized experience that forever and again advances the way we think about and form strategy. Sloan additionally writes in an engaging style that brings a rare clarity to this complex topic." - Dr. Douglas Scherer, Major Global Investment Firm

"This new edition of Julia Sloan’s insightful book, Learning to Think Strategically, is a wonderful addition to the growing literature on strategic thinking and management. This edition discusses the history and importance of thinking strategically and provides important insights that Julia gained from numerous in-depth interviews with successful executives from around the world. Julia discusses the significance of experience, intuition, and dialog in developing strategy and shows how successful strategic thinking transcends culture and is essential for organizational success. The book is highly informative and incisively written. It should be required reading for graduate students in management whether they are focused on the public, nonprofit, or private sectors. All leaders who wish to enhance the success of their organizations will find this work indispensable." - Dr. J. Edward Kellough, Professor and Department Head, Department of Public Administration and Policy, The University of Georgia, USA

"It has recently become clear that what distinguishes exceptionally successful leaders and strategists is their ability to critically challenge their own deeply-rooted assumptions, adapt to change, and to have the wisdom to courageously seize the opportunities that change creates. In this book, Julia Sloan, uses her long experience of working with global firms and government leaders to demonstrate how strategic thinking, as well as transformation is possible and how it is done ― both from a theoretical and practical perspective. With its universal and integrated approach, this book is destined to become a standard in challenging the conventional wisdom about strategy and bringing thinking and innovation into what we do and what we plan to do." - Dr. Khalid Al-Yahya, Managing Director, Accenture Management Consulting - Middle East; Fmr Associate at Harvard Kennedy School of Government

"Julia Sloan has written a first rate book on strategic thinking. She makes a unique contribution by exploring the cognitive basis of what it means to think strategically, skillfully presenting insights that executives can use to spot strategic thinking in individuals and build strategic capacity in their own organizations. Sloan combines erudition with practical application, something that is seldom found in the literature on strategy. A must read for executives and leaders aspiring to build strategic organizations." - Ross Harrison, Professor at Georgetown University, USA

About the Author

Julia Sloan is Principal of Sloan International Inc., a new York-based firm specializing in strategic thinking for leaders of businesses, government and international agencies operating in markets of Asia, Europe, the Middle East Africa and North America. She received her doctorate in organizational leadership from Columbia University where she teaches strategic thinking.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (October 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415823587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415823586
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Most highly recommended! This is a meticulously detailed book for executives of all business sectors and is very well-suited for use within the global context. The Introduction provides an accurate and succinct rationale for the book followed by a brief historical overview of strategy. Subsequent chapters include a thorough description of the learning process entailed. Dr. Sloan is an original thinker and her work manifests a solid body of research involved.
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Learning to Think Strategically is not just for a business student but for every student and educator. As in the Greek thinking of strategy, it is relevant to every particular purpose. While I believe the process to learn to think strategically is lifelong, many would agree that it is important for the process to start early and perhaps it should be the overall goal of our education. People like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Li Ka Shing and many others do not have much formal education but they are extremely successful in what they do because, I believe, they have the five attributes, described in the book, causing them to be grand strategists. A great strategist can actually create opportunities while others would be darn good just to seize an opportunity. Some people have the gift to see, plan and execute over a long horizon but most of us need to be molded to be that way. This book provides a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of strategic thinking and its learning process, and carries a far-reaching impact on the way we educate the next generation.
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Sloan hits it out of the park. Somehow, she has mastered subject matter that's simply difficult to capture and share. In the past I have rarely made it past the first chapter or two when trying to comprehend this topic. However, her take on strategic thinking is presented in a way that even makes sense to a layman like me. Accordingly I’m sure I’ll be able to apply her clearly-stated points much more effectively. This book is well written and comes highly recommended to any aspiring professional.
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An innovative approach to a very tough topic. Not a cursory overview, but a head-on account of the intricacies involved in the learning aspect that supports strategic thinking. A compelling rationale for this well-written book is stated in the Introduction and I would recommend it as a "must-read" for corporate strategists and executive development programs. An innovative thought leader on the topic, Sloan offers a unique and original perspective!
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