Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs

The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs

By Cynthia Montgomery

Based on her legendary course at Harvard Business School, an acclaimed professor shows executives how to create business strategies that produce long-lasting success.

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Publisher: Harper Business
Publish Date: 05/08/2012
Pages: 208
ISBN-13: 9780062071019
ISBN-10: 0062071017
Language: English

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Strategy is a common topic in business. From business schools to books to boardrooms, the 'how' of strategy is often discussed. But Cynthia Montgomery's new book, The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs takes a different approach: Strategy in terms of who does it. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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Based on an acclaimed professor's legendary strategy course at Harvard Business School, The Strategist offers a radically new perspective on a leader's most vital role.

"Are you a strategist?" That's the first question Cynthia Montgomery asks the business owners and senior executives from all over the world who participate in her highly regarded executive education course. It's not a question they anticipate or care much about on opening day. But by the time the program ends, they cannot imagine leading their companies to success without being--and living the role of--a strategist.

Over a series of weeks and months, Montgomery puts these accomplished executives through their paces. Using case discussions, after-hours talks, and participants' own strategy dilemmas, she illuminates what strategy is, why it's important, and what it takes to lead the effort. En route, she equips them to confront the most essential question facing every business leader: Does this company truly matter? In doing so, she shows that strategy is not just a tool for outwitting the competition; it is the most powerful means a leader has for shaping a company itself.

The Strategist exposes all business leaders--whether they run a global enterprise or a small business--to the invaluable insights Montgomery shares with these privileged executives. By distilling the experiences and insights gleaned in the classroom, Montgomery helps leaders develop the skills and sensibilities they need to become strategists themselves. It is a difficult role, but little else one does as a leader is likely to matter more.

About the Author

CYNTHIA A. MONTGOMERY is the Timken Professor of Business Administration and immediate former head of the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School, where she's taught for twenty years. For the past six years, she has led the strategy track in the school's highly regarded executive program for owner-managers, attended by business leaders of midsized companies from around the globe.

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