Strategy Quote of the Day

Saturday, October 21st, 2017
“Day by day, what you do is who you become.”

– Heraclitus

All Strategy Quotes

“Day by day, what you do is who you become.”

– Heraclitus

“To be effective, visualization must reveal relationships within the data, from which you can discover trends, detect outliers, etc. With these insights you can identify what needs to be done and, with good use of visualization, persuade people of the urgency to take action.”

– Sicco Brakema

“It is our needs that interpret the world; our drives and their For and Against…”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

“In my judgement, most professional advice on non-routine issues – is most of the time – simply not actionable. And even if it is implemented correctly, it will lead to consequences that run counter to the intentions of those providing it…Now, advice does not come frome nowhere but from some underlying framework and since thoughtful and well-intended advice givers do not intentionally offer council that is full of gaps and inconsistencies, there must be something in the frameworks on which they rely that makes them unaware of these problems – as well unaware that they are unaware.”

–  Chris Argyris

“The purpose of visualization is insight, not pictures.”

– Ben Shneiderman

“Action is effective to the extent to that it leads to the consequences in intended ways that preserve…Advice is effective to the extent that it is valid and actionable – that is, leads to effective action.”

– Chris Argyris

“People have been grumbling for years about the strategy consulting industry, whose reports often fail to find and (especially) implement strategies to better fit a changing competitive landscape. A consultant’s report—all thought and little heart, forecasting where you can flourish in two or five or ten years, produced by smart outsiders, and acted on in a linear way by a limited number of appointed people—has increasingly less chance of leading to truly A+ success in a faster-moving and more unpredictable world.”

– John P. Kotter

“Strategy is a blueprint that guides action.”

– Douglas Holt & Douglas Cameron

“A lot of what’s crept into big companies is internal focus, bureaucracy, PowerPoint presentations—the antithesis of agility.”

– Sean Connolly

“True agility doesn’t come from pursuing growth wherever it may be located or somehow spotting trends and getting to those markets first. It comes from pursuing opportunities where your capabilities give you what we call the right to win—the ability to compete more effectively than your competitors could in the arenas where you choose to do business.”

–  Paul Leinwand & Cesare R. Mainardi

“A real team is a team whose people share goals and work interdependently, as opposed to merely being assigned to the same projects.”

– Jon Katzenbach & Douglas R. Smith

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.”

– Michelangelo

“Narrative imagining—story—is the fundamental instrument of thought. Rational capacities depend upon it. It is our chief means of looking into the future, of predicting, of planning, and of explaining.”

– Mark Turner

“Forecasting is a cornerstone of traditional strategic planning processes, and might be seen as a way to compensate for any limits to organizational adaptability. Unfortunately, it is impossible to forecast as accurately as is required for strategic planning or as is necessary to substitute for adaptability.”

– Michael Raynor

“One of the most consistent findings in the literature on decision-making and performance is that the best groups perform better than the best individuals, because groups are able to take advantage of the collective wisdom and insight of multiple individuals, while individual judgments reflect the narrower insights and skills of just one person.”

–  Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton

“Most strategies are built on specific beliefs about the future. Unfortunately, the future is deeply unpredictable. Worse, the requirements of breakthrough success demand implementing strategy in ways that make it impossible to adapt should the future not turn out as expected. The result is the Strategy Paradox: strategies with the greatest possibility of success also have the greatest possibility of failure. Resolving this paradox requires a new way of thinking about strategy and uncertainty.”

– Michael Raynor

“A model is never defeated by the facts, however damaging, but only by another model.”

– Alfred Hirshman 

“The measure of a strategy is not its ambition but its truth.”

– Jules Goddard & Tony Eccles

“The most fundamental assumption of the underground managerial world is that truth is a good idea when it is not embarrassing or threatening – the very conditions under which truth is especially needed.”

– Chris Argyris

“Insights are small-scale, often short-lived discoveries. Something is noticed that had not been seen before… Every great business started life as the embodiment of a particularly powerful insight. Businesses decline as the production of new insights dries up… A theory of business therefore cannot be a substitute for insight. Any theory that puts forward a winning recipe for commercial success is a fraud.”

– Jules Goddard & Tony Eccles