10 Best Strategy Books Written by Top Strategists & CEOs

Are you an executive who wishes to plan and implement effective strategy? In this article, 10 best strategy books by world's leading CEOs will be presented.

Background
Strategy comes in many shapes and forms. It can be the Art of War by Sun Tzu, the Value Chain Model by Michael Porter or the Balanced Scorecard by Norton and Kaplan. However, there are 3 basic components that are the basis of any strategy as below,

- Diagnosis or the nature of challenges
- Guiding Policy or a broad statement about how to deal with challenges
- Action Plans or a list of things to do to meet Guiding Policy

To formulate a solid strategy, many people rely on certain techniques such as SWOT Analysis, 4 by 4 Matrix, Value Chain Model, Balanced Scorecard or even a core competency concept. Anyway, how can we make sure that our strategy can cope with the competitions?

10 Best Strategy Books
We believe good strategy should be tested by business leaders who use them every day. To help our readers find the best strategy books they can use, we come up with the data collection plan as below,

Strategy Book Data Collection

- First, we find a list of strategy books written by notable business leaders on Wikipedia.com

- After that, we check out the news website to find news releases about the book launch

- We also search for best strategy books written by CEOs on Goodreads and Amazon.com

- Then, we remove irrelevant books from the list

- Finally, we evaluate each book by popularity, recency and reader feedback

The list of 10 Best Strategy Books is as below:

- Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works by Alan Lafley (CEO of Procter & Gamble)

- Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy (Former CEO of General Electric)

- The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career by Jack Welch (Former CEO of General Electric)

- Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos)

- Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul by Howard Schultz (CEO of Starbucks)

- The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership by Richard Branson (CEO of Virgin Group)

- TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments by Douglas Conant (Former CEO of Campbell Soup Company)

- Taking People with You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen by David Novak (CEO of Yum! Brands)

- Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down by Vineet Nayar (CEO of HCL Technologies)

- High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove (Former CEO of Intel)

Discussion
We notice that books about contemporary business strategy is the combinations of actual company case study, the leadership style of each business leader and how strategy is formulated and implemented. These are 3 key ingredients that make any strategy works.

Do you know other best strategy books written by business leaders deserve the attention?


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