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Roadmaps and Revelations: Finding the Road to Business Success on Route 101

Roadmaps and Revelations: Finding the Road to Business Success on Route 101

Paul R. Niven

ISBN: 978-0-470-18001-3

Apr 2009

222 pages

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Rory Newman's company is going through big changes—the kind no one likes—having been bought by a global competitor that is now shaking things up. His new boss's first order of business is to demand that Rory come up with a new process for strategic planning to guide the company as it struggles to reinvent itself in the marketplace.

Up until now, the company's "strategic plans" were made up of visions in the former CEO's mind. Now, Rory's got five short days to develop, formalize, and deliver a winning strategic planning process. Rory planned to use a leisurely drive down the 101, en route to his wife's family reunion, to gather his thoughts, but things change when he halfheartedly agrees to pick up his wife's second cousin Sydney Wise from the airport. To his astonishment, Sydney turns out to be—instead of another maddening relative—a strategic planning guru, entrepreneur—and Rory's rescuer.

Discover, along with Rory and Sydney, what strategic planning is really about, why it is important, and how to develop a simple yet powerful strategy your company can use to set it on the course to success. Through Rory's experience, you will find out why strategic planning is not something left to the "higher ups," but something in which everyone in an organization needs to be invested.

Roadmaps and Revelations: Finding the Road to Business Success on Route 101 uses an entertaining storyline to walk you through the daunting process of creating a successful strategy. Sprinkled with practical examples and workable solutions for business executives, managers, and consultants, this motivating fable will put you on track toward creating a strategy for sustainable success.

Introduction vii

1 Emergency Meeting 1

2 The Challenge 3

3 Change of Plans 11

4 The Red Zone Is for Immediate Loading and Unloading Only 19

5 Who Is this Guy? 25

6 What Is Strategy, Anyway? 35

7 Ask a Silly Question 41

8 What You See Is Not Always What You Get 47

9 Getting to the Core 61

10 Think Fast 73

11 A Push in the Right Direction 77

12 One Night at the Vine View Manor 89

13 Pucker Up 95

14 Charged Up in Pismo Beach 109

15 You Know What Nietzsche Said about Groups 123

16 Two Thumbs Up 133

17 Sandy Resolutions 145

18 "KISSin" Cousins 155

19 Every Dog Has His Day 163

20 The Reunion 173

Roadmap Strategy Process and Model Summary 185

Roadmap Strategy Online 215

References 217