When I wrote ‘The Strategic Mind’ I was determined that it would be a practical book. As a result I based it around stories; lots of them. Some are longer case studies but many are simply brief illustrations, mostly from my own personal experience. In short, I have written about everything from Apple to the […]
Today we take a look at the fifth and sixth disciplines in my book, ‘reflect’ and ‘be simple’. Last year during one of my presentations on the key disciplines of strategic thinking one of the audience members asked me to prioritise the disciplines. As they are all part of a holistic approach I patiently explained […]
Today I am taking a brief look at the third and fourth disciplines in my book, ‘act slowly’ and ‘serve others’. I have to smile at what I have written because it seems for the last three weeks I have been rushing around like a lunatic trying to make things happen quickly. The result has […]
At the core of my book, ‘The Strategic Mind, The Journey to Leadership through Strategic Thinking’ lie seven key disciplines that form the basis for developing our ability to think at a deeper and more profound level. At first sight some may appear counter intuitive (‘act slowly’), while others will be more familiar (‘dream’). Over […]
The foundations for strategic leadership are based on two key elements, the capability to think outside the box and to envisage a different way of doing things and the practical capacity to do something about it. Strategic thinking needs to be both conceptual and practical because without both these aspects even the very best ideas, […]
The key to strategic thinking is to be able to see a bigger picture, to distinguish the wood from the trees. I like to define it as the intuitive ability to see the whole. I have spent much of the last 20 years working in an educational and commercial capacity helping people to learn to […]
It’s always nice to be invited to do something of real meaning so when Dave asked me to step in as guest blogger for seven days it was an obvious affirmative on my part. Moreover, the timescale seemed perfect; seven days corresponds so well with the seven key disciplines in my new book, ‘The Strategic […]
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