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The Fish Rots From The Head: The Crisis in our Boardrooms: Developing the Crucial Skills of the Competent Director by Bob Garratt

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7Strategic thinking

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Learning Board mindset: organizational effectiveness – long-term, internally-orientated thinking

Strategy is about the broad delivery of the enterprise’s purpose. To achieve this businesses require at least three distinct strategies: business, financial and people development.

As mentioned in Chapter 2, I am against the notion of strategic planning at board level because it means getting bogged down in project planning and budget numbers which takes the board’s minds away from strategic thinking. I am with Henry Mintzberg, who says that strategic planning is an oxymoron, like ‘friendly fire’, ‘fun run’ or ‘military intelligence’. ...

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