Summary of The Strategy Paradox

Why Committing to Success Leads Corporations to Failure (And What to Do About It)

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The Strategy Paradox book summary
Why commit to one future when you can prepare yourself for several?


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Have you spent hours creating forecasts you knew didn’t mean much? Have you wasted time in painful meetings where second-guessers judged your efforts harshly because your original decision was not perfect in light of the way reality later unfolded? Michael E. Raynor explains why developing a strategy that would work moderately well under a variety of circumstances is likely to lead to mediocre results. Instead, he teaches you to match the appropriate level of management to the “requisite uncertainties” your organization faces. Raynor discusses how to use “strategic options” to put your company in a position to capitalize on a range of contingent scenarios without having to make firm commitments. getAbstract recommends this intelligent approach to business strategy to executives in any industry. It is clearly written and well-illustrated with new takes on familiar business sagas.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why preparing for various uncertain futures is a better strategy than relying on forecasts
  • Why companies need diverse scenarios and options to avoid rigidity and stay flexible in the face of change
  • Why “robust strategies” often get mediocre results


What’s So Paradoxical About Strategy?
The future is unlikely to arrive in the shape and form you expect, but winning strategies tend to work only under very specific conditions that may change – either quickly or slowly – over time. If you guess right, you win. If you guess wrong, you ...
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About the Author

Michael E. Raynor, Ph.D., is a distinguished fellow at Deloitte Consulting and has a global client base.

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