Top 5 Books on... Strategy & Vision
This December, we're sharing a top business book recommendation for each of the skills in Edfolio's Leadership Skills Matrix. This is the framework of skills which underpins our leadership and management training.
Our second theme is Strategy & Vision. This theme is broken down in to five key skills: Creating a Plan, Communicating a Vision, Implementing Change, Social Responsibility and
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.
We recommend a business book for each one below.
Creating a Plan
Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt
If you have ever heard someone talk about strategy and thought it was just a mish-mash of pop culture, motivational slogans and business buzz speak, this is the book for you. Rumelt argues that strategy should not be equated with ambition, leadership, vision or planning; rather, it is coherent action backed by an argument. An essential read.
Communicating a Vision
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek's 'Start with Why' is one of the most famous modern business books - if you haven't read it, your peers and competitors almost certainly have. The book is focused on a simple premise: it doesn't matter what you do, it matters why you do it. Drawing upon case studies from business and beyond, it shows how different leaders have sold their vision based on why they do what they do.
Switch by Dan & Chip Heath
Chip and Dan Heath - whose books we like so much they appear more than one in our recommendations - argue that we need only understand how human minds approach change to realise why it is often so difficult. Using real-life case studies, this book outlines deceptively simple methods that can deliver real, meaningful change for your business or organisation.
Impact by Ronald Cohen
Sir Ronald Cohen, one of the founders of venture capital, has dedicated two decades to leading the Impact Revolution to achieve real social and environmental change through business. In this book, he builds on his years of personal experience to deliver a compelling account of the role impact investing is playing to reshape capitalism.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Inclusive Growth by Toby Mildon
Toby Mildon brings his experiences at Deloitte and the BBC to this energetic book that provides a practical framework to enable you to deliver a sustainable, diverse and inclusive workplace that allows your organisation to grow.