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Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick - People, Probabilities and Big Moves to Beat the Odds

Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick

People, Probabilities and Big Moves to Beat the Odds
Chris Bradley, Martin Hirt og Sven Smit
(2018)
Sprog: Engelsk
John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
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  • Hardback: 256 sider
  • Udgiver: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated (Februar 2018)
  • Forfattere: Chris Bradley, Martin Hirt og Sven Smit
  • ISBN: 9781119487623

Beat the odds with a bold strategy

We've all seen hockey stick business plans before. A future where results sail confidently upward, but with a dip coinciding with next year's budget.

CEOs usually rely on their experience and business smarts to figure out which of those hockey sticks are real, and which are fake. But all too often getting to a "yes," competing for resources, and striving to claim credit, cloud the hard decisions. Another strategy framework? No thanks, we already have plenty of those, and they don't fix the real problem: the social dynamics in your strategy room.

Mining the data from thousands of large companies, McKinsey Partners Chris Bradley, Martin Hirt and Sven Smit open the windows of that room, and bring an "outside view." They found three discrete groups of companies: the bottom quintile with massive economic losses; the long, flat, middle 60 percent with practically no economic profit; and the top 20 percent to whom all the value accrues.

Some companies do achieve real hockey stick performance: but just 1-in-12 jump from the middle tier to the top over a ten year period. This does not happen by magic--there is an empirically-backed science to improve your odds of success by capitalizing on your endowment, riding the right trends, and most importantly, making a few big moves.

To make these big moves happen, you're going to have to break through inertia, gamesmanship and risk aversion. You're going to have to mitigate human biases and manage group dynamics. Eight practical shifts can help you do this, and unlock bigger, bolder, better strategies. 

This is not another by-the-book approach to strategy. It's not another trudge through frameworks or small-scale case studies promising a secret formula for success. It's an irreverent, fact-driven, and humorous take on the real world of strategic decision making.

Introduction: Welcome to the Strategy Room 1 You are not alone 2 The villain is the social side of strategy 4 Where is the outside view? 6 Making big moves happen 8 The journey ahead of us 9
1. Games in the Strategy Room--and Why People Play Them 13 The social side of strategy, in action 15 The dreaded hockey stick 17 Can we handle the truth? 20 Playing the inside game 21 Send in the guru 22 The wrong problem for human brains 23 The biased mind 25 Now add social dynamics to the mix 27 When the inside view remains unchecked 31
2. Opening the Windows of Your Strategy Room 37 The right yardstick 40 Your business lives on a Power Curve 42 What we see on the map 44 Why you are where you are 49 A fresh perspective with the outside view 53
3. Hockey Stick Dreams, Hairy Back Realities 57 The rise of the hairy back 58 Getting to yes 60 A haircut from finance 60 Bold forecasts 62 Timid plans 68 Corporate peanut butter 70 Shooting for the known 70 Real hockey sticks 72
4. What are the Odds? 75 The knowable probability of success 77 Flight paths of the upwardly mobile 80 A tale of three companies 83 Where are the odds in the strategy room? 85 The push for certainty 87 You are your numbers 89
5. How to Find the Real Hockey Stick 93 What''s different this time? 94 Check the facts 95 The odds that matter: Yours 96 The 10 variables that make the difference 99 Endowment 100 Trends 101 Moves 102 It all matters 103 The mobility dashboard 105 Know the odds 109 Is that all? 110
6. The Writing is on the Wall 115 A very different conversation about strategy 118 Tennis or badminton? 119 Industries are escalators 120 Change your industry or change industries 123 Consider changing locations, too 124 Go micro 125 The need for privileged insights 127 Acting on the writing on the wall 128 The four stages of a disruptive trend 130 Stage one: Signals amid the noise 132 Stage two: Change takes hold 134 Stage three: The inevitable transformation 136 The hardest stage 136 Stage four: Adapting to the new normal 139
7. Making the Right (big) Moves 143 Big moves are essential 146 Corning''s story 150 Programmatic M&A and divestitures 150 Active resource re-allocation 152 To re-allocate, you have to de-allocate 156 Strong capital programs 156 Caution on capex 158 Distinctive productivity improvement 158 Running fast and getting nowhere 159 Differentiation improvement 162 Are you playing to your advantage? 165 Big moves make for good strategy 166
8. Eight Shifts to Unlock Strategy 173 From annual planning to strategy as a journey 175 From getting to "yes" to debating real alternatives 177 From peanut butter to picking your 1-in-10s 181 From approving budgets to making big moves 184 From budget inertia to liquid resources 188 From sandbagging to open risk portfolios 190 From "you are your numbers" to a holistic performance view 193 From long-range planning to forcing the first
step 196 The package deal 198 Epilogue: New Life in the Strategy Room 201 Acknowledgments
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Appendix 207 About our sample and method 207 A note on economic profi t and total returns to shareholders 209 How the odds look different from the top or bottom 209 Life at the top 211 Life at the bottom 211 Notes 215
Index 227
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