Strategic IQ: Creating Smarter Corporations

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In today's world, only the smartest survive. The competitive landscape is littered with graves of well-known firms whose revenues, profits and stock prices rose for decades until they suddenly imploded.
                                             
In fast-changing business environments, firms must adapt their strategies and innovate to remain at the top. But many successful firms fail to do so. Instead, they succumb to inertia, hesitate, or stick blindly to their old strategies, until it is too late.

The ability to adapt to change is a measure of intelligence; so why do firms demonstrate such low Strategic IQ? What causes inertia and why is it so deadly? How can leaders help their firms to act more intelligently?

This book identifies the key sources of inertia - strategic, structural and huma - and provides practical advice on how they can be overcome to create smarter corporations.  It is both a wake-up call for successful firms and a lifeline for firms struggling to succeed. 

          To successful firms - beware!  You may already be dead!  

          To struggling firms - have hope!  It is possible to pass powerful competitors by raising your strategic, structural and human IQ. 

"Hard-hitting and stimulating, Wells' thesis carries a robust message that should make business leaders the world over sit up and think." Archie Norman, Chairman of ITV, UK  

 "Wells makes a compelling case for dramatic change." Ron Sargent, CEO of Staples, USA

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"Hard-hitting and stimulating, Wells' thesis carries a robust message that should make business leaders the world over sit up and think."
          Archie Norman, Chairman, ITV, UK

"Wells makes a compelling case for dramatic change."
          Ron Sargent, Chairman & CEO, Staples, USA

"A scintillating, stimulating and thought-provoking perspective on strategy ... ignore it at your own peril!"
          Dr Nahed Taher, CEO, Gulf One Bank, Saudi Arabia

"A must read for any CEO looking to jump-shift their company's performance."
          Michael White, Chairman & CEO, DIRECTV, USA

"Wells brings his famously sharp mind and uncompromising approach to a brilliant new book ... you will enjoy the read, but flinch at the implications."
          Dan Cobley, Managing Director, Google UK

"Terrifying but true! Wells zeroes in with supreme intellectual precision on the heavy price firms pay for moving too slowly on the business battlefield."
          Bill Roedy, ex Chairman & CEO, MTV Networks International, USA

"Wells ... offers real world, practical advice to raise your company's Strategic IQ."
          Glenn Renwick, CEO, Progressive Corporation, USA

"Wells breaks down common misconceptions about strategy. This book provides an excellent guide."
          Dr Victor Fung, Chairman, Li & Fung, Hong Kong

"A master-class on strategy from a master strategist."
          Rick Mills, Group Director, Strategy Innovation, Alliance Boots, UK

"A tour de force ... Wells presents the most approachable, practical, and comprehensive strategy guide to formulating and executing strategy ever!"
          Bruce Harreld, ex-Head, Strategy, IBM, USA
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About the Author:

John Wells is Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School. He teaches many courses on strategy innovation and change in the MBA and Executive Development programs, including his own courses on Strategic IQ.

Dr Wells graduated with a double first in physics from Oxford University, specializing in nuclear and solid state. He received his MBA and DBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was a George F Baker Scholar, graduating first his class, and a Dean's Doctoral Fellow.

Dr Wells has combined a career in academia with extensive business experience. He has been  a senior executive, a director, a business school president, and a CEO. He has also been an advisor, a coach and a facilitator to senior executives and firms, large and small, in numerous sectors of the economy.  He has also advised governments on competitiveness.

Dr Wells has written over 50 cases on strategy and innovation and speaks regularly on the subject around the world. His wide-ranging research interests include business model innovation, social strategy, responsible leadership, relevant learning and family capitalism.

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