William Pietersen

Strategic Learning: A Leadership Process for Creating and Implementing Breakthrough Strategies

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Abstract:
Although the central challenge facing most business leaders today is the need for change, one-time change isn?t good enough for today?s fast-paced global business environment. High levels of uncertainty and complexity, disruptive technologies, and a premium on speed, choice and innovation all demand a new type of leadership. Business leaders must learn to create an organization with the built-in ability to sense and rapidly adapt to changes in the environment, on a continuous basis. How can established organizations create the capacity for ongoing adaptation? This paper provides a practical leadership process for creating an adaptive enterprise by mobilizing a dynamic cycle of four steps: learn, focus, align and execute. These steps build on one another and through repetition become a dynamic cycle of renewal: Strategic Learning. This process offers a new way to lead companies in a world of unpredictable change.

Source: Working paper
Exact Citation:
Pietersen, William. "Strategic Learning: A Leadership Process for Creating and Implementing Breakthrough Strategies." Working paper, Columbia Business School, 2005.
Date: 2005