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The Top 5 Topics on CSO Minds as We Close Out the Year

At Outthinker, we are fortunate to work with an incredible group of chief strategy officers of $1B+ companies that we call the Outthinker Strategy Network. Strategy officers are known for their keen ability to recognize macro trends, new business models, and shifting customer needs across the scope of their entire organization and translate long-term vision …

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Spoke-to-Spoke: A Mindset Shift to Digital & Platform Models 

Last month, we introduced our 2021 Business Trends report based on in-depth conversations with top CSOs in our Outthinker Strategy Network. We will be expanding on one of these trends every week with the intention of supporting your organization’s strategy for the next year and beyond. This is our ninth installment. Newsletter subscribers will receive …

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Activating the Subconscious Power of Strategy

We have heard the adages like “work on your business, not in it” and “come up to see the forest for the trees.” At McKinsey they urged us to continually take the “top management perspective” by zooming up to look at the business overall before jumping into the details.

Proximity: Closing the Gap Between Desire and Delivery 

Earlier this month, we introduced our 2021 Business Trends report based on in-depth conversations with top CSOs in our Outthinker Strategy Network. We will be expanding on one of these trends every week with the intention of supporting your organization’s strategy for the next year and beyond. This is our third installment.

Beyond Strategy

Last week I got to spend five and a half hours with one of the most influential strategic thinkers alive today, Gary Hamel. He has written five global best-selling books, published 17 papers in Harvard Business Review, and has taught at London Business School for 30 years.

Strategy as Play: Lessons from Urban Outfitters

Strategy as Play: Lessons from Urban Outfitters

The word “strategy” too often brings to mind images of uptight executives in boardrooms, with heavy binders and spreadsheets, debating critical choices. Experts will tell you strategy is “a plan of action designed to achieve a major or overall aim.” Strategy is a science, and it’s serious.