Summary of Strategy Pure & Simple II

How Winning Companies Dominate Their Competitors

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Strategy Pure & Simple II book summary
Find your identity, base your strategy on it, and don’t get distracted.


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Michael Robert presents a well-organized plan to enable you to produce a distinctive strategy. He emphasizes the need for strategic thinking, which sets out a vision of where your company is going. Use this as your basis for making the appropriate choices and plans. Clarify what your company is, and is not, to avoid becoming scattered and overextended. Robert uses the metaphor of playing a game as his framework. Every CEO must carefully choose what game to play, and how to craft a strategy to make and shape the rules. To illustrate these principles, Robert draws on actual examples from client companies, alternating a step-by-step guide to strategic planning with brief case studies that demonstrate strategic thinking. getabstract recommends this book to top executives and managers in large companies.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why your company’s uniqueness is its competitive edge
  • How you can become a strategic thinker
  • What 10 strategic areas you should consider to determine your organization’s focus


Why You Need a Distinctive Strategy
You need a distinctive strategy because it will enable you to get into the best competitive position, which is having no competition at all. Don’t play the game the way your competitors do. Instead, develop a distinctive strategy that changes the rules...
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About the Author

Michael Robert is the founder and president of Digital Processes International, a consulting firm with 60 partners in 15 countries. He has consulted with major companies, such as Caterpillar, 3M, and GATX. He is the author of six books, including Product Innovation and Strategy Pure & Simple: How Winning Companies Outpace Their Competitors. His writing has appeared in many business magazines and journals.

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