The Chief Strategy Officer Playbook from Thinkers50

How to Transform Strategies into Great Results

The Brightline Initiative and Thinkers50 created The Chief Strategy Officer Playbook to bring together some of the very best ideas in the field of strategy implementation and beyond.

Thinkers50 ranked and award-winning thinkers are featured in The Chief Strategy Officer Playbook, including Anil Gupta, Haiyan Wang, Rita McGrath, Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez and Julian Birkinshaw. Plus there are insights from thought leaders and senior executives from The Boston Consulting Group, Lee Hecht Harrison, Saudi Telecom, MIT Consortium for Engineering Program Excellence, Technical University of Denmark, Harvard University and many others.

The result is a unique and compelling collection of valuable experiences, research, insights and recommendations to help transform strategies into great results.

Table of contents

  • Preface – Ricardo Viana Vargas
  • Foreword – Joseph Cahill
  • How strategy got here – Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove
  • Why implementing strategy is like flying a kite – Rita Gunther McGrath
  • Engineer strategy as a system – Eric Rebentisch & George Roth
  • Ten questions to help you turn strategy into reality – Ricardo Viana Vargas & Edivandro Conforto
  • Your change needs a strategy – Martin Reeves, Simon Levin, Jack Fuller & Fabien Hassan
  • Five traps to avoid in strategy execution – Anil K. Gupta & Haiyan Wang
  • Leading change in turbulent times Perry Keenan, Jeanne Kwong Bickford, Michelle Russell, Greg Meyding, Tapio Schrey & Connor Currier
  • Why executives struggle to execute strategy – Ron Carucci
  • The CSO in a diversified conglomerate – Nirmalya Kumar
  • People are your Strategy – Claudio Garcia
  • Creating the future, together – Philippa Hardman & Chris Nichols
  • Agile planning – Alessandro Di Fiore
  • Dear CSO – Julian Birkinshaw & Jonas Ridderstråle
  • Embracing the future – Margaret Heffernan
  • Difficult truths – Deborah Rowland
  • Medium-Term Inc. – Dominic Houlder & Nandu Nandkishore
  • The How tool for strategy implementation – Vlatka Hlupic
  • Insights from NASA – Loizos Heracleous, Steven Gonzalez & Douglas Terrier
  • Execution is a people problem, not a strategy problem – Peter Bregman
  • Successful implementation begins with trust – Deepa Prahalad
  • Four key points for successful strategy execution – Mohammed A. Alabbadi
  • Managing complexity: Have we reached the tipping point? – Richard Straub
  • Four types of strategy work: Choosing the right implementation approach – Josef Oehmen, Diana Velasco & Pelle Willumsen
  • Building bridges rather than burning them: The new strategy of collaboration and growth – Mark Esposito & Terence Tse
  • Strategy implementation: The Chinese way – Mark Greeven & Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez
  • How to use small wins to build trust – Andrew Shipilov
  • Leading agility – Tina Moe
  • Platform strategy: Creating a position of leadership in your industry ecosystem– Sangeet Paul Choudary

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