The Strategist by Cynthia Montgomery
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Based on an acclaimed professor's legendary strategy course at Harvard Business School, The Strategist offers a radically new perspective on a leader's most vital role.

"Are you a strategist?" That's the first question Cynthia Montgomery asks the business owners and senior executives from all over the world who participate in her highly regarded executive education course. It's not a question they anticipate or care much about on opening day. But by the time the program ends, they cannot imagine leading their companies to success without being—and living the role of—a strategist.

Over a series of weeks and months, Montgomery puts these accomplished executives through their paces. Using case discussions, after-hours talks, and participants' own strategy dilemmas, she illuminates what strategy is, why it's important, and what it takes to lead the effort. En route, she equips them to confront the most essential question facing every business leader: Does this company truly matter? In doing so, she shows that strategy is not just a tool for outwitting the competition; it is the most powerful means a leader has for shaping a company itself.

The Strategist exposes all business leaders—whether they run a global enterprise or a small business—to the invaluable insights Montgomery shares with these privileged executives. By distilling the experiences and insights gleaned in the classroom, Montgomery helps leaders develop the skills and sensibilities they need to become strategists themselves. It is a difficult role, but little else one does as a leader is likely to matter more.  


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Cynthia A. Montgomery is the Timken Professor of Business Administration and immediate past head of the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School, where she's taught for 20 years. For the past six years, she has led the strategy track in the School's highly regarded Owner, President, Manager Program (OPM), attended by top managers of mid-sized companies ($10 million to $1 billion in revenue) from around the globe. She has received the Greenhill Award for her outstanding contributions to the Harvard Business School's core MBA strategy course. Montgomery is a top-selling Harvard Business Review author, and her work has appeared in the Financial Times, American Economic Review, Rand Journal of Economics, Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, and other publications. She has served on the Board of Directors of two Fortune 500 companies- NewellRubbermaid Inc. and UnumProvident- and a number of mutual funds managed by BlackRock, Inc. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Published May 8, 2012 by HarperBusiness. 208 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Small Business Trends

Who has been responsible for the overall strategy of your business?

Mar 24 2012 | Read Full Review of The Strategist: Be the Leader...

Carmen Nobel

Rich in organizational detail, and anchored on purpose, such systems of value creation "make strategy the animating force in a company," says Montgomery.

Jul 16 2012 | Read Full Review of The Strategist: Be the Leader...

Carmen Nobel

Now specialists help managers analyze their industries and position their businesses for competitive advantage, and strategy has become largely a job for experts, or something confined to an annual planning process.

Jun 04 2016 | Read Full Review of The Strategist: Be the Leader...

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