Quotes on Strategy


Enrique Suarez Presenting:


Quotations on corporate strategy, business strategy, strategic planning, portfolio management


See strategy  not as an act of war (Michael Porter's Five Forces) but as an act of customer bonding (Love)

Arnoldo Hax , Enrique Suarez

Execution is not the problem; aligning exection with strategy is!

Arnoldo Hax

Operational excellence is not strategy

Enrique Suarez

Processes are not strategy

Arnoldo Hax

It is important to consider a business at two levels; its strategy and its activities. The objective and its means. Exclusive attention to activities evokes reality, but loses meaning. It adds precision, but loses the point

Arnoldo Hax

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results

Sir Winston Churchill 1874-1965, English statesman

There is always a better strategy than the one you have; you just haven't thought of it yet

Sir Brian Pitman, former CEO of Lloyds TSB, Harvard Business Review, April 2003

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts

Bertrand Russell 1872-1970, English logician and philosopher

Unless a variety of opinions are laid before us, we have no opportunity of selection, but are bound of necessity to adopt the particular view which may have been brought forward

Herodotus, 5th century BC, Greek historian

The processes used to arrive at the total strategy are typically fragmented, evolutionary, and largely intuitive

James Quinn in Strategic Change: Logical Incrementalism, 1978

In real life, strategy is actually very straightforward. You pick a general direction and implement like hell

Jack Welch in Winning, 2005

How many senior executives discuss the crucial distinction between competitive strategy at the level of a business and competitive strategy at the level of an entire company?

C.K. Prahalad and Gary Hamel, in their article: The core competence of the corporation, 1990

What's the use of running if you are not on the right road

German proverb

I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me

Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865, sixteenth American president

Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things

Miyamoto Musashi 1584-1645, legendary Japanese swordsman

Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances

Sun Tzu c. 490 BC, Chinese military strategist

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