The Art of Strategy: Steps Towards Business Agility

Introduction: What is strategy and why do you need it?

和 (Hé) Harmony. Erik Schön (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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Acclaim for The Art of Strategy

“The Art of Strategy — a great little book which has loads of maps in there.” Simon Wardley (swardley), inventor of Wardley Mapping

“An excellent fusion of Sun Tzu, Boyd, and Wardley that is beautifully laid out, highly readable and very straightforward in compressing the learning curve on all three!” @ChaosAndOceans, Marine, Economist, Swimmer, Surfer

“Erik Schön has created a great example of Boyd’s ’snowmobile’ — a synthesis across a variety of domains leading to new insights and capabilities. I’m sure every strategist, business, leader, and entrepreneur will find valuable ideas for making their own enterprises more competitive.” Chet Richards, author of Certain to Win

“The Art of Strategy is condensed knowledge that all managers, agile coaches and other leaders should have. This is three thinkers from very different contexts. But as Erik has put it, with similarities and differences topic by topic, a fourth voice appears. That voice belongs to the interaction between the three narrators and it gives as much value to me as a reader as the other three voices do.” Staffan Nöteberg, author of Monotasking

“THE summary and independent look on modern strategy right now!!!” Markus Andrezak, Founder and Managing Partner at überprodukt

The Art of Strategy: All Parts

Contents: A very short summary of each part
Introduction: What is strategy and why do you need it?

  1. Assessments: How to assess, prepare and shape
  2. Challenges: How to use and reduce inertia, entropy and friction
  3. Success: How to succeed together with stakeholders
  4. Setup: How to create resilience
  5. Momentum: How to use creativity, focus and timing
  6. Shaping: How to shape and avoid being shaped
  7. Engagement: How to engage using surprise
  8. Adaptations: How to adapt to shifting situations
  9. Movements: How to move to optimize momentum
  10. Landscape: How to approach difficult areas
  11. Situations: How to handle difficult situations
  12. Disruption: How to disrupt and avoid being disrupted
  13. Intelligence: How to use intelligence to create foreknowledge

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Erik Schön

From hacker, software researcher and system engineer to leader, executive and strategizer. Writer: #ArtOfLeadership #ArtOfStrategy http://yokosopress.se