Rich Horwath | NY Times Best Selling Author on Strategy (Dive Deep & Strategy for You)

Rich Horwath

NY Times Best Selling Author on Strategy (Dive Deep & Strategy for You)

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Rich Horwath

Rich Horwath is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author on strategy. As the CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute, Rich leads executive teams through the strategy process and has helped more than 50,000 managers around the world develop their strategic thinking skills. A former Chief Strategy Officer and professor of strategy at the graduate level, he brings both real-world experience and practical expertise to help companies build their strategic capabilities. Rich and his work have appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, and FOX TV. He is recognized in the textbook Strategy in the 21st Century as one of the key contributors in the history of strategic management and has been introduced by Chief Executive Magazine as "The world's foremost expert on strategic thinking."

Rich is the author of six books, including, Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking, which a leader at Intel proclaimed: "If you only read one book on strategy, this has to be that book!" His book, Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy, has been described by the Director of Worldwide Operations for McDonalds as "...the most valuable book ever written on strategic thinking." And Strategy for You: Building a Bridge to the Life You Want, helps people apply the principles of business strategy to their overall life.

Rich's innovative work in the field of strategic thinking has created dozens of proprietary offerings, including the Deep Dive Strategic Thinking System, to help managers become truly strategic leaders. These offerings include strategy facilitation, strategic planning, group workshops, assessments, books, mobile apps, workbooks, software, podcasts, videos and one-to-one strategic coaching for executives. His monthly e-publication entitled Strategic Thinker is read by thousands of business leaders and academicians around the world.

Rich served as a professor of strategy at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where he was consistently ranked a top professor by students. He earned an MBA with Distinction from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and has completed courses in strategy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. He resides in Barrington Hills, IL.

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Deep Dive
Building Strategic Thinking Skills for Competitive Advantage

Recent studies on leadership by the Wall Street Journal and Chief Executive Magazine have found that the #1 ranked, most valued skill in leaders today is strategic thinking. But only 3 out of every 10 managers are strategic. In this interactive and highly relevant session, Rich Horwath helps business people at all levels understand what strategy is and how to think strategically on a daily basis to profitably grow their business. The result is that participants leave with a framework to think strategically on a daily basis and gain practical tools to reach their true strategic potential.

Key Learning’s:

Master the three disciplines of strategic thinking to be proactive instead of reactive:
- Acumen: how to generate new insights for new business growth.
- Allocation: how to prioritize activities and resources.
- Action: how to stay focused on the important, not urgent.
Develop a common understanding, language and toolkit for strategy.
Create differentiated strategies to build sustainable competitive advantage.
Enhance the ability to make strategic trade-offs to focus resources.
Overcome five execution errors to successfully implement strategy.

Strategy for You
Using the Principles of Strategy to Achieve Business & Personal Success

Strategy is the foundation of success in business. Strategy creates the bridge from where you are today to where you want to go. But, very few people know what strategy is and how to effectively use it. As a former chief strategy officer and professor of management, Rich Horwath provides a five-step plan for using the foundational principles of strategy for both business and personal success:

DISCOVER: Uncover your purpose through insight.
DIFFERENTIATE: Identify your unique strengths.
DECIDE: Allocate your resources.
DESIGN: Develop your action plan.
DRIVE: Execute your plan.
Using real-world examples from business, sports, and entertainment, Rich provides audiences with an understanding of what strategy is and how to use it at work and home. The result is the power to get from where you are today to where you want to go–the power to live strategically.

Key Learning’s:

Master the concept of strategy and effectively develop goals, objectives, strategies and tactics for your business, career, and personal life.
Confidently make strategic decisions to most effectively allocate your time, talent and budget at work and at home.
Apply the five-step process to build real-world strategies that achieve your professional and personal goals.
Create a blueprint to guide your business and personal activities.
Practice using strategy tools on your business and personal initiatives.

Be Strategic or Be Gone

Are you tactical or strategic? Does it even matter? Yes! New research with 400 talent leaders found the No. 1 skill for managers to possess is strategic thinking. But, only 3 out of every 10 managers is strong at strategic thinking. Therefore, it's critical for managers to learn to think strategically so they can develop a solid plan for their work and create new value for customers.

In this program, managers will learn to:
1. Develop a clear and concrete definition of strategy.
2. Create goals, objectives, strategies and tactics.
3. Use the 3A Strategic Thinking Framework to think and act
strategically each day.
4. Move from reactive and tactical to proactive and strategic.
5. Focus resources and say “no” to more effectively prioritize activities.

What happens when a strategy textbook collides with a superhero comic book? StrategyMan vs. the Anti-Strategy Squad: Using Strategic Thinking to Defeat Bad Strategy and Save Your Plan, which was awarded Best Strategy Book of 2018 by Axiom Business Book Awards. Based on the award-winning book, participants will learn to tackle some of their biggest challenges including fire drills, too many priorities, and bad meetings. These challenges have been personified into villains such as Fire Driller, Frankenstrategy, and the Meeting Menace to make the concepts and tools engaging and memorable. Break free from the bonds of boring strategy and give your team the power to think strategically!

Competing on Excellence

Three Principles for Sustained Success

The biggest challenge for leading companies that have been successful is not becoming complacent and resting on past success. The key to sustained success is competing on excellence. Excellence is defined as deviation from the norm. Whether your company is a leader or challenger, you must break from the pack in order to continually create new value for customers.

New York Times & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Rich Horwath provides an exciting and effective method for managers to reach new levels of excellence in their business performance. Using real-life examples from some of the leading companies in
the world, Rich gives managers from all functional areas practical tips and tools to make excellence an ingrained habit in their daily activities. By competing on excellence as a primary value, managers can unlock their full potential and create continuous competitive advantage.

Key Learning’s:
1. Understand what it means to bring excellence to your work each day.
2. Utilize the three principles of excellence to move ahead of the competition.
3. Design business and individual strategies based on the excellence principles.
4. Develop an excellence mindset that creates a continual hunger to get better.
5. Create a positive, proactive sense of urgency to drive business success.

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