7 Best Strategy Books of All Time

In this article, we will introduce you to the best strategic management books written by strategist and CEOs to help you plan, implement and control effective strategy.

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?

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

Data Collection

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

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

- We also search for books related to business strategy written by CEOs and notable business leaders on Goodreads and Amazon.com.

- Then, we remove irrelevant books from the list.

- Finally, we evaluate each book about strategy by popularity, recency and reader feedback and make the final cut.

7 Best Strategy Books are as below:
  1. Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works by Alan Lafley (CEO of Procter & Gamble)

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

  3. 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)

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

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

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

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

We notice that books about contemporary business strategy are 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 books about business strategy written by business leaders deserve the attention?