Should Executives Become More Strategic?

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Should Executives Become More Strategic?
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
A while ago we had 2 interesting discussions at 12manage "Strategic Planning must be Dynamic" and "Developing an Agile Top Management Team". I was made aware of a recent article by McKinsey consultants Birshan and Kar who argue that top executives should become more strategic.
The beginning of the article - rightly - states that that even in today's fast-changing competitive environment, companies still have to timely:
- Capture emerging opportunities
- React to unexpected threats
- Make correct and timely decisions
In other words, corporations need strategic agility. To achieve this, the authors suggest to increase the TIME spent on strategy, involving MORE (top) executives in the strategy process, and also to encourage them to CONSTANTLY DEVELOP their strategic capabilities.

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How a Decision Maker can Become More Strategic...
Bahri, Consultant, Germany, Member
Feeling the change... is one of the most important features a manager more specifically a decision maker should have.
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3 Suggestions to Help Executives to Become More Strategic
Bernard Liebowitz PhD CMC, Management Consultant, United States, Member
Three suggestions in this cause:
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jorge anibal hoyos hoyos, Manager, Colombia, Member
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@John Dube: I agree with my colleague. There's a way that we can use to identify strategic thinking executivesSign up

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Gregory Johnson, Coach, United States, Premium Member
An interesting topic that I would think is at the top of every executives "must" list.
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T. Bredewold, Netherlands, Member
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Denis Hitchens, Business Consultant, Australia, Member
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Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines, Member
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Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
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Jolanta Sz, Professor, Poland, Member
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Erasmus Agongo, Management Consultant, Ghana, Member
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GEOFFREY NYAMBANE, Manager, Kenya, Member
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Ali M. Al Alawi, Student (Other), Sultanate of Oman, Member
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Istvan Szeman, Consultant, Hungary, Member
@ Jolanta Sz: Thanks for that comment, I agree to a great extent, with one note, nevertheless.
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Danai Muteyo, Financial Consultant, Zimbabwe, Member
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Hans Christiaan Meinen
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Karl Christensen, Strategy Consultant, Mexico, Member
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Francesco Smeragliuolo, Analyst, Italy, Member
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LEAH LYNDA I. STA ANA, Student (MBA), Philippines, Member
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Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
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Karl Christensen, Strategy Consultant, Mexico, Member
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DAVIS JN LOUIS, Saint Lucia, Member
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Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines, Member
@LEAH LYNDA I. STA ANA: The fact is in an institution the strategic thinkers/planners are normally found at the top...Sign up

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Peter A.M. Broosus, Management Consultant, Germany, Member
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Bahri, Consultant, Germany, Member
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Should Executives Be More Strategic?
Istvan Szeman, Consultant, Hungary, Member
@Peter A.M. Broosus: In agreement, to further analyse what you said:
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Jolanta Sz, Professor, Poland, Member
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Istvan Szeman, Consultant, Hungary, Member
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Becoming More Strategic
Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines, Member
The shift from tactical/operational to long-term process-system approach has become a necessity if an enterprise is to survive in a globally competiti...Sign up

Strategic Thinking and Planning
Bernard Liebowitz PhD CMC, Management Consultant, United States, Member
I think there is a distinction between "strategy" (or "strategic planning") versus "strategic thinking", though they do overlap considerably:
- T...Sign up

Tip #3 Developing Communication Tools & Skills
Alan Kennedy
For me, tip #3 offered by Birshan and Kar, (developing communication tools & skills) is the most important tip to become agile in strategy. I think mo...Sign up

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Purna Chandra, Business Consultant, India, Member
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Depth of Strategic Participation/Involvement
Gregory Johnson, Coach, United States, Premium Member
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Tip#3: Communications Tools and Skills
Istvan Szeman, Consultant, Hungary, Member
@Alan Kennedy: I fully aggree with you here, even though "just" building the execution mechanism for corporate stra...Sign up

Old Timers and the RC Factor
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
@Leonard haggai oduori: Hi there Leonard, while I appreciate your viewpoint I would counter with the following:
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Culture is a Product of Strategy
Alan Kennedy
@Istvan Szeman: I understand your thinking. We make the case in our book that culture is a product of strategy; do...Sign up

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LEAH LYNDA I. STA ANA, Student (MBA), Philippines, Member
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Gregory Johnson, Coach, United States, Premium Member
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