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Reviews Of Business Strategy Books

Business strategy is much more about the quality of the thinking and how it affects decisions than the production of a detailed written business plan.

It covers:

  • Competitive Strategy – how you win customers by berating competitors.
  • Corporate Strategy – how the organisation as an entirety is managed to support the competitive strategy of the strategic business units.

I have three lists of business strategy books:

According to Professor Michael Porter, there are are two main sources of competitive advantage – having the lowest costs and being differentiated well enough to create a clear preference by some customers, despite a higher price.

The Differentiation Strategy books cover the different ways to understand customer value and to link it through to the underlying capabilities and resources of the business. It also covers how you communicate your competitive edge to the market.

If business performance is an issue, I have two different categories depending on how extreme the problem is.

Getting Unstuck Books – refer to the process of reversing any relatively minor performance problems. At this stage decline has been gradual and the business has time on its side.

Business Turnaround Books – are for situations where the future of the business is threatened if performance is not turned around in the next few months. Decisive action is needed fix the problems.

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Radical Focus by Christina Wodtke

The full title of this book by Christina Wodtke is

Radical Focus: Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book 4 Stars. This means Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

A business start-up novel about using OKR to drive the business forward.

This tells the story of two young entrepreneurs who are struggling to build a speciality tea business. Their investor introduced them to the idea of setting objectives and key results (OKR) and then to a new chief technical officer with more extensive knowledge of how to apply them. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this short book is

The Mindset Warrior Summary Guide: The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling: Key Concepts, Main Lessons & Theories

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it 4 Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my review.

Very helpful reminder of the main points of 4DX

The full book of the 4 Disciplines of Execution is quite repetitive. When it first outlined the 4DX approach, I thought it was going to be a brilliant expose of how to get very important things done effectively by a team. Unfortunately, I found it a frustrating read and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a book often started but not finished. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling is

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book 4 Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Great concepts for achieving excellence in virtually any situation

This book is about creating change, getting people to implement a new strategy by changing what they do through commitment rather than compliance.

Many business books are based on looking at successful companies and finding common factors in what they do. Other times, academics will develop their theory and then go out looking for evidence it works. This book is different. [continue reading…]

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Why Strategic Plans Fail by Can Akdeniz

The full title of this book by Can Akdeniz is

Why Strategic Plans Fail: Deadly Mistakes of Strategic Planning Explained

In my review to be posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it Two Stars.

Here is my book review.

Muddled and superficial

I’m an active reader who highlights sections I feel are important.

I highlighted nothing in this book, partly because it doesn’t say much that’s interesting and partly because I knew I would never return to it.

The “about the author” section says he is regarded as one of the most inspiring business authors of our time. Not by me. [continue reading…]

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In my review of

Summary: Marketing Warfare: Review and Analysis of Ries and Trout’s Book

posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it 4 Stars.

Here is my review.

How military strategy can be used in business

It’s many years since I read the full book but it’s one I’ve been intending to go back to and review. When I saw this summary available through my kindle unlimited subscription, it instantly appealed.

Just as armies fight over territories and the people in them, businesses fight over customers. The methods of waging war have changed dramatically over the centuries while the strategies have remained constant. [continue reading…]

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Thinking about SWOT analysis by Dr Stephen Fox

In my review of

Thinking about SWOT analysis

by Dr Stephen Fox posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Three Stars, meaning it is Worthwhile.

Here is my book review.

Quite a technical review of SWOT

This is a longer than I expected review of using SWOT in strategy analysis. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.

It’s quite a visual book so if you’re reading the Kindle version, you’ll probably have to zoom in on the diagrams to be able to see the details. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Constantinos Markides is

All The Right Moves: A Guide to Crafting Breakthrough Strategy

In my review posted at Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Five Stars. This means it is Excellent and Very Highly Recommended.

Here is my book review.

Should be seen as a classic strategy text

I bought this book when it came out and thought it was excellent.

I’ve recently gone back to it and hadn’t realised just how influencing it had been in my thinking about business strategy and development. [continue reading…]

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Patterns of Strategy by Patrick Hoverstadt and Lucy Loh

In my review of

Patterns of Strategy

by Patrick Hoverstadt and Lucy Loh posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Three Stars, meaning Worthwhile.

Here is my book review.

Too small on Kindle and you can’t resize

I’m fascinated by strategy so when I read that this presented a new approach, I had to read it.

However, I have just started reading my kindle version on my tablet and discovered that it’s not properly formatted. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by W Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne is

Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing – Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I rated the book at the FIVE Stars level, which means that I consider it to be excellent.

Here is what I posted.

A detailed how to guide for developing blue ocean strategies

I’ve been very impressed with the authors’ blue ocean thinking, ever since I read the early articles in the Harvard Business Review. I gave the Blue Ocean Strategy book a five star review.

When the revised Blue Ocean Strategy book was published several years ago, I appreciated the extended text and give it five stars again but I was a little disappointed as well. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Marc Van Eck and Ellen Leenhouts is

The One Page Business Strategy: Streamline Your Business Plan in Four Simple Steps“.

In my review on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of Four Stars. This means I consider it to be in the good to very good category.

Here is my review.

A nice summary planning process

This book explains a useful planning process which helps to provide focus and coordination. The format summarises the plan nicely although I think the one page is a gimmick as it specifies a minimum font size of 6ppt. Personally I’d rather have two pages I can read without squinting.

It involves working through the main Objective, Goals, Strategies & both meanings of Measures – a KPI Dashboard and Actions. [continue reading…]

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