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This book is an excellent resource, and something that can be used on a daily basis. It's a bit of a different take from their previous books, but provides a very practical overview and example of the application of the critical thinking, storytelling, analysis and strategy development process. The guided example is engaging and direct, something that many books, let alone even corporate training struggles to achieve.
What the strategy journal allows readers and users to do is to adapt the methods and process to their own type of work, whether in consulting or an industry position. Furthermore being able to flip back and forth between the guided example and templates/tools will be truly valuable moving forwards.
Firmsconsulting content have always helped me and this journal is no exception. While I'm yet to fully implement it to talk of its success, it has already kindled the thought process for different projects I might have to take up in the near future. Apart from thought provoking content, like a parent it also reinforces positive thinking in you which is very unique to this strategy journal.
California author Kris Safarova earned her degrees in classical piano, communications, and business administration, and is the founder and CEO of FIRMSconsulting.com and StrategyTrining.com – the world’s largest strategy streaming channel! She shares her expertise in her seven Strategy Journals, of which this is the initial publication.
The purpose of this book – ‘a journal for those who want to do the work, for those who want to solve complex problems, ask the right questions, collect the right data, conduct right analyses, communicate the right findings, influence colleges to act, and know what needs to be done at each stage of the study to produce a truly unique solution that solves the original problem.’
Kris’s writing style is straightforward, actionable advice that leads to developing strategies for resolving problems confronting businesses, presented in a format akin to her online consulting technique for problem solving. The book is a fine resource for both beginning business and advanced CEOs. Grady Harp, June 22
The Strategy Journal is a superb addition for any serious problem solver, consultant or business leader. Kristina and the Firmsconsulting team do an exceptional job breaking down each of the elements of a successful engagement into a step-by-step process for readers to follow. The meticulous structure with easy to follow templates, charts and checklists is immensely helpful. The process detailed alone, will save one a huge amount of time not 'boiling the ocean'. It has already it's changed how I approach problem solving and I find myself learning more and refining my skills with each pass. Get it, use it. You'll be delighted you did!
I love the simplicity of the book and its structure. There are so many academic types of strategy consulting books out there but this one provides the practitioners a real guidebook that they can use immediately in any project they encounter. Would definitely recommend it to those who also want to have a guidebook that has readily available templates to use in their day-to-day tasks and client engagement.
The templates have helped me replicate and reuse them in several project engagements. At times, I have subconsciously deviated from the basics due to competing priorities. The templates and the prompts have acted as a steer during these times and immensely helped me iron out flaws.