Key Strategy Tools: The 80+ Tools for Every Manager to Build a Winning Strategy (Anglais) Broché – 31 janvier 2013
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I wish I had thought of the idea for this book. Or could have done it so well! The selection of topics is excellent, the commentary astute, and the explanations simple and engaging.
Richard Koch, entrepreneur, co-founder L.E.K. Consulting, author of The 80/20 Principle
This is a new, very practical and delightfully pithy approach to strategy making. It offers a fabulous compendium of the major strategy tools, woven into a no-nonsense, step-by-step strategy process. An enormously refreshing and
helpful book, invaluable to novices and strategy experts alike.
Marcus Alexander, Professor of Strategy and Enterprise, London Business School
A really practical guide to strategy development. All the relevant tools are explained in detail, but highlighting the essential ones is a master stroke that will save endless hours!
Adrian Beecroft, Chairman, Dawn Capital and former Senior Managing Partner, Apax Partners
A comprehensive inventory of the tools and analytical frameworks of strategy. The key value of this book is the guidance it offers on how to apply these tools – and this is rooted in Vaughan Evans’ deep experience of working with them.
Robert M. Grant, ENI Professor of Strategic Management, Bocconi University, Milan
This is an interesting and usable book. Evans helps you navigate through the myriad of theories and toolkits on business strategy with a highly practical approach. Whether your business is a start-up, an SME or a multi-national, use it to help you devise a coherent strategy.
Anthony Karibian, CEO, Bonline Ltd and co-founder, Euroffice Ltd and XLN Telecom Ltd (both exited)
Everything you need from a tool kit, comprehensive, practical and high added value.
Mike Garland, Partner and Head of Portfolio Group, Permira Advisers LLP
This book really works. I hope it becomes a standard for every management team seeking private equity; it would certainly make my life much easier.
David Williamson, Managing Director, Nova Capital Management
A broad yet accessible explanation of the range of strategy tools actually used by businesses. Whether you are an experienced strategy specialist or newer to the field, you will find this an invaluable guide.
Robert Samuelson, Executive Director Group Strategy, Virgin Media
Strategy is at the heart of a successful business – with this excellent book, Vaughan Evans has provided an extremely clear roadmap to achieving that success.
James Courtenay, Global Head, Advisory & Infrastructure Finance, Standard Chartered Bank
A very satisfying read. This is a guide to strategy which covers all the necessary ground in a very straightforward and no nonsense way, employing a number of good real life examples of strategy in practice. It is written by a true
expert and will prove an invaluable tool for anybody involved in the running of a business.
Vince O’Brien, Director, Montagu Private Equity and Past Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association
It can be difficult to keep up to date with all the latest developments in the world of strategy, let alone how one guru’s work blends with those of his predecessors. Vaughan Evans has done it for us. He gives us a thorough refresher course, with each leading strategy theory, model or matrix presented as a tool in the manager’s toolkit – and carefully placed in each step of the strategy process. Each tool is described in a lucid and vivid style seldom found in a business manual. Refreshing and invaluable for a DIY strategist.
Christine Harvey, former Director of Business Analysis and Planning, GlaxoSmithKline R&D
A practical approach, easy to read and understand, on how to build your business strategy, the steering direction that any business, large or small, needs to succeed.
Jose-Maria Maldonado, Partner, Bridgepoint Capital, Madrid
Présentation de l'éditeur
The strategy tools you need for your business to succeed!
Let Key Strategy Tools be your guide to developing a winning strategy for your firm. Cherry-pick the most useful approaches for your business and create a robust strategy that withstands investor scrutiny and becomes your roadmap to success.
Covering 88 tools and framed within an innovative strategy development process, the Strategy Pyramid, this user-friendly manual takes you through each step of the process. Whether analysing your market, building competitive advantage or addressing risk and opportunity, you’ll find the strategic thinking tools you need at every stage in your strategy development.
Following in the footsteps of the hugely successful Key Management Models and Key Performance Indicators, this book delivers professional-level information in the practical and accessible framework synonymous with the Key series.
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The nine building blocks are captured as the following nine sections of the book:
Section 1: Knowing Your Business
Section 2: Setting Goals and Objectives
Section 3: Forecasting Market Demand
Section 4: Gauging Industry Competition
Section 5: Tracking Competitive Advantage
Section 6: Targeting the Strategic Gap
Section 7: Bridging the Gap: Business Strategy
Section 8: Bridging the Gap: Corporate Strategy
Section 9: Addressing Risk and Opportunity
What I find it it useful is that depending which stage the reader is at in strategy building, the reader can go to that section which will provide them with the necessary tools that they can consider using. Useful and practical models/tools discussed include: Porter’s Five Forces, BCG Growth/share matrix, 7S framework and many others.
Also each tool provides discussions on: The Tool, How to use it, When to use it, When to be wary.
Overall, a handy book that bring across how to apply the essential key strategy tools.
This framework is not only a categorization but also a step by step manual for how to develop a coherent corporate strategy. The only issues hindering this book from being the CEO's one stop shop are the lack of advice on strategy implementation/execution and also of more mundane lower level tools concerning procurement, production, distribution etc. No matter, the new CEO at least got half of his job covered by Evans text.
As the chapters progress and follow the framework the author at times arrives at necessary tasks related to forming a strategy that has not been covered by a fancy matrix from Michael Porter, McKinsey or Peters & Waterman. Instead of jumping to the next task Evens simply writes a short text on the job at hand, calls it a tool and moves on. Even if some of Evans 88 strategy tools are more to be characterized as concepts such as DCFs, tipping points, Taleb's Black Swan, price elasticity etc. that the author thinks the corporate manager should know of and use, the fact that no step in the process are skipped makes it possible to build a strategy from the text. Evans also contributes a couple of "proper" tools of himself of which I will use the Suns and Clouds chart frequently in the future.
Despite the pocket book like appearance this book contains 339 rather packed pages and since every tool is summarized the text is rather fact rich. This could be a heavy text if the writing hadn't been so fluent, at times helped by small pinches of dry humour. The framing of the models also make the reading easier and for those who don't want to dwell too much on alternative models Evans has picked out those he thinks are the most important ones to use at each step of the strategy formulation. If I could have wished for something more it would have been more pointed tips for further reading. As it is now there are references presented for each rather long chapter and it's not always clear which of these books if any that relate to the tool you wanted to study further.
It's hard to pick out favourites out of all the models presented. However, the manual for corporate acquisitions is simple but excellent. If all those involved in M&A historically had followed it serious amounts of shareholders money would have been saved. I also appreciated a trio of connected tools called Customer Purchasing Criteria, Key Success Factors and Rating Competitive Position. Here you first identify what customers need from a product (the CPCs), then what a company and its competitors has to do to deliver the CPC (i.e. the KSFs) and lastly you weigh the KSFs according to their importance and rank all the relevant competitors on how they fulfil them. This gives a highly revealing picture of the competitive position of a company. I also feel I have to read more about the Blue Ocean strategy.
On top of getting a reference toolbox of strategy models and a manual for strategy formulation those who read the book cover to cover also receive a useful crash course on the history of strategy and management theories. This book will be the first one I return to whenever a task of strategic nature has to be handled.
This is a review by investingbythebooks.com