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Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters

av Richard Rumelt

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Argues that a manager's central responsibility is to create and implement strategies, challenges popular motivational practices, and shares anecdotes discussing how to enable action-oriented plans for real-world results.
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The author claims to have coined the term "bad strategy," which seems to be defined as tactics. The idea here is simple--goals are aspirational, objectives are attainable--and there are plenty of anecdotes ready to deploy when a project seems to be going off the rails.
  rynk | Jul 11, 2021 |
One of the best book on strategy I have ever read. At first, I checked the author, Richard Rumelt and found out that he is a college professor. This fact brought some doubts regarding his authentic experience in the field of corporate strategy. At the moment, I can admit that my prejudice was without merit. Moreover, even some classroom narratives turned out to be in-depth and accurate case studies.

The key message of the book is an honest, intellectual assessment of your own thinking. Good Strategy Bad Strategy is full of relevant and incisive cases in business, government and military sectors – presenting those fine strategies are built on sincere mindset.

Getting down to essentials, the book is divided into three major chunks:
1. Good and bad strategies which addresses the differences between these two groups.
2. Sources of power... (if you like to read my full review please visit my blog: https://leadersarereaders.blog/2018/11/05/good-strategy-bad-strategy-the-differe...) ( )
  LeadersAreReaders | Feb 19, 2019 |
Another book too full of itself and another author too full of himself. A plethora of repetitious anecdotes and little value from them. Rumelt accuses Cornell University of bloviating, but doesn't turn his acerbic lens to a mirror. He clearly misunderstands (or deliberately misunderstands) the difference between mission and vision, and strategy.

With respect to the anecdotes, assuming his analysis is correct, it is stunning to me that there are so many examples of non-strategic notions. Strategy is "how", not "what" (it could be the author's perception, but he does have a pedigree, so...) End results are not strategy, and the author seems to want to lead the reader to believe all of his bad examples don't get this. I find that hard to believe. And as such, I wonder if Rumelt didn't craft his story to the shape of his story.

Bottom line, there are good strategies and bad strategies. And I gather the author has experience with each. But he doesn't do a good job relating which is which. Oh, he does explain his positions...but I think he cherry-picks his examples. And that is disingenuous. So...loses points.

I have a lot more notes, but I don't think this is worth the time to transcribe them. Pretentious of me? Perhaps. Okay, yes. But that's the impression I got of Rumelt. Pretentious. Unbecoming of me, and I should take the higher road.

So I did. (thus 2 stars) ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
Richard Rumelt obviously knows what there is to know about strategy work, and I love his candour when dealing with leaders focusing on vision and goals without planning - or knowing - how to get there. You can't wish yourself to success, you have to work meticulously to build a strategy with coherent elements, test it like a scientist would test a hypothesis. His many examples from business and politics underline his points well. Still there is a lack of passion, it all becomes a bit mechanical, both in the writing and the execution of his ideas. However, I have learnt more about the building blocks of strategy work in this book than in any other business book, so it was worth the read. ( )
  petterw | Jul 17, 2015 |
R. Rumelt fully justifies his position on what defines good strategy, and why there is so much bad strategy out there. Extraordinary well written. R. Rumelt has the clear, elegant framework in what he calls the "kernel"--a diagnosis explaining the nature of the challenge, a guiding policy for dealing with it, and a set of coherent actions for carrying out the policy. A must read for poeple involved in strategy creation or with an interest in strategy in general. ( )
  Adam_Bo_Petersen | Aug 5, 2013 |
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