Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy, Focusing Your Resources, and Taking Smart Action
Horwath's book was just recommended to me. I plan on reading it soon (perhaps on the Kindle Fire?). The reviews are fantastic and call the work "simple", but effective way to focus limited resources and to implement a strategy. Horwath opens the book with "85% of executive leadership spends less than an hour a month discussing strategy."
The inability to set good strategy can sink a company - and a leader's career. A recent "Wall Street Journal" study revealed that the number one most sought after executive skill by organisations is strategic thinking, but few leaders have that skill set. In this book, Rich Horwath dissects the three most important elements of strategic thinking, breaks them down into simple and attainable skills, and shows readers how to apply them every day. He provides managers with a clear path to mastery of three disciplines: Acumen - generate critical insights through a step-by-step evaluation of the business and its environment; Allocation - focus limited resources of time, talent, and money; and, Action - implement a system to guarantee effective execution and communication of strategy throughout the organisation. This book is based on research with senior executives from more than 150 companies and Horwath's own experience as a professional strategist. Armed with the knowledge from this book, every reader can become an expert strategist and an invaluable member of his or her organisation.
Link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Dive-Building-Strategy-Resources/dp/1929774826/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321464641&sr=8-1
CIO Magazine reports:
Cloud computing, security and the mobile space hold the most growth potential in the coming years, according to IT professionals surveyed by tech staffing firm Modis.
Efficient (and/or affordable), secure, accessible. I don't really see anything new here. We did not need a new study to confirm these are potential growth areas. One can look at the recent and current strategic plans of the FedGov, DoD, and industry leaders to confirm.
Read entire CIO article: http://www.cio.com/article/693125/Study_IT_s_Future_Lies_with_Cloud_Computing_Security_and_Mobile?source=CIONLE_nlt_insider_2011-11-07