Michael Porter, Harvard's guru of strategic thinking, is covered in this FastCompany article.
Among the gems in this article:
- Business keeps moving faster -- but you better make time for strategy
- Of course strategy is hard -- it's about making tough choices
- Technology changes, strategy doesn't
- Strategy hasn't changed, but change has
- Beware the myth of inflection points
- Great strategists get a few (big) things right
- Great strategies are a cause
BOTTOMLINE: "The chief strategist of an organization has to be the leader -- the CEO. A lot of business thinking has stressed the notion of empowerment, of pushing down and getting a lot of people involved. That's very important, but empowerment and involvement don't apply to the ultimate act of choice. To be successful, an organization must have a very strong leader who's willing to make choices and define the trade-offs. I've found that there's a striking relationship between really good strategies and really strong leaders."
(Tip of the hat to the good folks at MBA Depot)