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"Good Strategy / Bad Strategy" was the most interesting book on strategy I have read so far. Cuts through the leadership consult fluff speak that use template strategy that leads no where to actionable steps that drive visions to values to goals to strategy. The key according to the author is to start by determining what is going on and then building strategy around that reality based on where the company wants to go. The author's discussion on company's with hundreds of supposed strategies leading to stagnation via divide and conquer was very interesting. The author backs up his concepts with real life examples from the class room, corporate world and military campaigns.
Collins uses a similar comparison technique he used in his Built to Last, Good to Great, and How the Mighty Fall books however the focus is now comparison of companies during times of great turmoil. The discussion around how companies deal with good and bad luck and how the great companies are prepared ahead of time to gain from both good and bad luck was very eye opening idea. Very similar to the other books but still a very worthwhile read.
A good summary of the fathers of strategy such as Ducker who lead to thinkers such as Porter and others. The big consulting agencies such as Boston Consulting Group, Mckenzie, Bayne and others built on the Strategy momentum by pulling in the top tier MBA programs high flyers to change how business is done. Kiechel does a great job of giving a good historical look at how the industry was built and how the cut throat high octane day in the life takes place.
...is basically how he writes this book. It's very interesting since I was quite young in the 80s and don't remember some of the situations back then.
Jack Welch stresses the culture that he tried to breeds into GE. He explains how he was willing to make changes if it bettered the company later on in life.
Overall, great book, probably a one or two time listen though, but well worth the listen if you are interested in business culture and dealing with management.