Are you winning the battle but losing the war?
Every leader has to deliver the goods—make budget, meet deadlines, and deftly manage people—to provide the inspirational fuel that keeps their business running day-in and day-out.
But therein lies the danger of winning today's battle and losing the war—that is the long game of creating sustainable value in a volatile, uncertain world that is becoming ever-more complex and ambiguous.
The greater purpose—today's number one business challenge—is winning the long game by being more strategic; developing the skills to look outside the four walls of the organization and see the world from the future back.
Steven Krupp and Paul J. H. Schoemaker bridge the gap between what many see as the separate domains of strategy and leadership to show how to develop the discipline of strategic leadership in a world of growing uncertainty.
While pragmatic to the core, Winning the Long Game creates vivid insights into the discipline of strategic leadership by applying it systemically through personal portraits of successful business leaders. The book profiles Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Sara Blakely, as well as world-renowned figures like Pope Francis, Oprah Winfrey, and Nelson Mandela. What makes these strategic leaders successful is highlighted by contrasting them with others who are either mediocre or outright failures.
Winning the Long Game is the must-have playbook for every leader and for any manager seeking to be become more strategic in today's topsy-turvy world.
Krupp and Schoemaker, CEO and founder of the consulting firm Decision Strategies International, respectively, have assembled a cogent, inspiring guide to what constitutes a strategic leader and how readers can be strategic in their own lives. The narrative centers on a hypothetical employee, Jane, who suffers through an all-too-familiar performance review, as she is encouraged to "be more strategic" with no guidance as to what that means or how she should accomplish it. Having established the problem of vague, ambiguous guidance, the authors come to the rescue with a clear, executable breakdown of the disciplines of leadership. These include anticipating change through understanding your market, challenging assumptions, interpreting data, making tough decisions, aligning the interests and incentives of stakeholders, and learning from both success and failure. Krupp and Schoemaker provide plenty of case studies, from Elon Musk to Pope Francis. Most valuably, this highly readable book focuses on the nuts and bolts of each discipline, guiding readers on how to import the lessons learned into their own lives.