Strategy and the Fat Smoker

In 18 chapters, Maister explores the fat smoker syndrome and how individuals, managers and organizations can overcome the temptations of the short-term and actually do what they already know is good for them.

Author: David Maister

Publisher: Spangle Press Press, USA

ISBN: 9780979845710

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 275

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We often (or even usually) know what we should be doing in both our personal and professional life. We also know why we should be doing it and (often) how to do it. Real strategy lies not in figuring out what to do, but in devising ways to ensure that, compared to others, we actually do more of what everybody knows they should do. In 18 chapters, Maister explores the fat smoker syndrome and how individuals, managers, and organisations can overcome the temptations of the short-term and actually do what they already know is good for them.

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One of my favourite works on the topic of strategy execution, “Strategy and the Fat
Smoker: Doing What's Obvious but Not Easy”, by David Maister (2008) sums it up
nicely in the title. You are a fat smoker, and therefore unhealthy; it's obvious ...

Author: Matthew Tice

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000025993

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 170

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Insurgence is designed to help business leaders apply new methods to the most important business problem they face in the world today: namely, how to overcome their incumbent mentality to maintain relevance and discover new sources of growth. At the convergence of lean, business model innovation, agile, and design thinking, insurgence is a methodology and business philosophy that will help leaders in incumbent businesses rediscover how to operate like small and nimble insurgents whilst maintaining many of their incumbent advantages. Incumbent businesses, often having enjoyed a long period of relative historical market stability, are increasingly unprepared for nimble insurgents coming on to the field of play and applying different assumptions and business models at speed and scale. These incumbent businesses find that the business models that fuelled their success are no longer robust to the change surrounding their business, and they are becoming increasingly obsolete, weighed down by a high degree of internal focus, inflexible internal controls, and an inability to innovate. Meanwhile, nimble insurgents strike at the heart of these weaknesses by formulating alternative core assumptions, building adaptive business models, and innovating in close proximity to customers and market needs. This book enables business leaders to characterise the difference between incumbents and insurgents, develop new ways of thinking about how to compete in this age of accelerating change, and provide a new framework for strategy and innovation that helps leaders to discover the essence of insurgence for their businesses. It uses rich case studies that illustrate both successful and unsuccessful efforts to help leaders move from theory to action at speed and at scale.

Strategy for Law Firms

Finkelstein, S., Hambrick, D.C. and Cannella, A. A. (2009) Strategic Leadership
— Theory and Research on ... Grant, R. M. (2008) Contemporary Strategy
Analysis, Blackwell. ... Maister, D. (2008) Strategy and the Fat Smoker, Spangle

Author: Nick Jarrett-Kerr

Publisher: The Law Society

ISBN: 1853288640

Category: Law


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The Legal Services Act 2007 has fundamentally altered the legal market, transforming the regulatory framework and economic landscape. In an increasingly competitive market place, law firms must make strategic choices that will affect their long-term prospects. This book guides firms through the strategic options available to them and suggests how they might position themselves to succeed in the market.

Leadership Transitions in Universities

Maister, in Strategy and the Fat Smoker,12 makes the case for strategy by using a
different metaphor: 'Strategy is the diet, not the goal'. Debating which goals to
pursue (whether you wish to choose losing weight, giving up smoking, ceasing to

Author: Tom Kennie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000383709

Category: Education

Page: 360

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Combining expert knowledge, experience and reflections from senior leaders to distil collective leadership experiences, this book explores the realities of leadership at universities rather than the imagined and often-unrealistic expectations and perceptions of how leaders should act. This key text is an informed insider’s guide to leadership transitions that will assist talented individuals in considering whether to apply for, how to prepare for and how to take on the task of leading a university. The collection of leadership experiences provided will help universities to be more successful, students to have great educational experiences and staff at all levels to have more-fulfilling working environments. It will also consider how to avoid the emotional pain and suffering that can arise when leaders find themselves poorly equipped, unprepared, unable or unwilling to provide the sound and competent leadership that universities deserve. Centred on the practice and experience of leadership, this book will be a must-read for all new and existing heads of universities. It will also provide useful insights to those actively involved in the recruitment and development of senior leaders, members of senior leadership teams and those who hold governance roles in universities. Further updates and details about the application of the ideas in the book in practice can be found at

Optimizing Your Capacity to Care

As David Maister argues in his book Strategy and the Fat Smoker, we all know
what the strategies are (quit smoking and lose weight, give great service, and be
highly productive). The problem is that we lack inspiration and resolve to ...

Author: Pierce Story, MPHM

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1315356481

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 232

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Our nation's capacity to care is becoming increasingly stressed as an aging and increasingly unhealthy population collides with a relative reduction in the numbers of clinicians and ever-tightening financial resources. If even the mildest of future-state predictions are to be believed, we need a significant restructuring of our entire healthcare system and its total Capacity to Care, such that we can simultaneously improve care capacity, cost, quality, accessibility, and resource gratification. Optimizing Your Capacity to Care: A Systems Approach to Hospital and Population Health Management provides comprehensive guidance to a new way to optimize and manage community-wide Care Capacity via a unique, holistic approach to healthcare operations. Through clear examples and actual project results, the book demonstrates the outcomes of a systems-level way of thinking about a community's Capacity to Care that incorporates and integrates the full spectrum of available clinical and communal resources into the care of patients, including hospitals, physicians, emergency departments, surgical services, local churches, civic organizations, pharmacies, and volunteers. The book details operational models for each major department of the hospital and a fully integrated communal resource pool to demonstrate how the optimization of capacity, resource utilization, cost, and clinical outcomes can be attained. And by providing healthcare leaders with a deeper understanding of key elements missing from the most common process improvement methodologies and approaches, this book offers fresh perspectives and bold alternatives for hospitals, health systems, and entire communities.

Strategy that Works

In Strategy that Works, Ian Mann discusses – and debunks – a number of popular theories of strategy before presenting his unique approach based on many profound insights that have never before been gathered together in one place to form ...

Author: Ian Mann

Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa

ISBN: 1770224149

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 153

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In Strategy that Works, Ian Mann discusses – and debunks – a number of popular theories of strategy before presenting his unique approach based on many profound insights that have never before been gathered together in one place to form a coherent theory and method. He explains the difference between strategy and mere analysis parading as strategy; he shows how to build scenarios for uncertain futures; he provides key questions that will help guide one to develop an effective strategy; and he demonstrates how important it is that the strategy becomes the organisation’s culture. Clear, insightful and entertaining, Strategy that Works makes strategy accessible to managers at all levels, in all sizes and types of organisations. Ian Mann is one of South Africa’s top business consultants, and he is well known from his newspaper columns, his radio and TV appearances, and his training seminars.

The Conference Board Review

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The Art of Managing Professional Services

The Art of Managing Professional Services is a valuable source for these insights
into firm strategies. ... —David Maister, author of Managing the Professional
Service Firm and Strategy and the Fat Smoker “Maureen Broderick's book, The
Art of ...

Author: Maureen Broderick

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780132101813

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Today, millions of people work at over one million professional service firms generating over $2 trillion in revenue annually. These firms face unique issues that are not fully understood by management thinkers and consultants. Making matters more complex is that many of these firms stand at a crossroads, searching for new strategies and practices to succeed in a radically new economy. In The Art of Managing Professional Services, Maureen Broderick offers the solution. Broderick has brought together modern best practices for these and other crucial areas of professional services management: · Building, communicating, and maintaining shared vision, values, and culture · Recruiting, training, and evaluating people · Crafting the right strategies, portfolio, and mix of clients · Innovating and sharing knowledge · Financial planning, metrics, and reporting · Positioning: brand, marketing, and sales · Defining effective partnerships: equity, selection, and compensation · Ensuring responsibility and accountability · Organizational design, structure, governance, and systems · Leading effectively, and growing the next generation of leaders This book reflects Broderick & Co.'s unparalleled research into professional services management, including 200+ executive interviews with leaders and innovators in organizations of all sizes and types.

Healthcare Financial Management

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True Professionalism

David Maister, the world's premier consultant to professional service firms, vigorously challenges professionals to examine this essential, yet under-addressed question: What is true professionalism?

Author: David H. Maister

Publisher: Free Press

ISBN: 9780684840048

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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David Maister, the world's premier consultant to professional service firms, vigorously challenges professionals to examine this essential, yet under-addressed question: What is true professionalism? Professional firms are forever trying to get their people to act like professionals—to do the right things. Though their various incentives may create employee compliance, these don't often encourage excellence. His answer is clear: It is believing passionately in what you do, never compromising your standards and values, and caring about your clients, your people and your own career. In clear and compelling terms, Maister shows that this approach is not only ethical but also conducive to commercial success.

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Inside Public Accounting

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Low Fat Living

Turn off the Fat-Makers, Turn on the Fat-Burners for Longevity, Energy, Weight
Loss, Freedom from Disease Robert K. ... Smoking is a terrible and potentially
lethal weight - control strategy , " observes Robert C. Klesges , Ph.D. , professor
of ...

Author: Robert K. Cooper

Publisher: Rodale Books

ISBN: 9781579540210

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 478

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Endorsed by the Editors of Prevention Health Books. This book replaces dieting with fat-burning-- with an easy-to-follow lifestyle plan that will work for the entire family-- and dozens of mouthwatering recipes that ensure you'll never miss the fat you're skipping. All based on the very latest worldwide research. With the Low-Fat Living program, you'll steadily burn more fat 24 hours a day. And you'll realize the health bonuses immediately. * Lower your blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels * Reduce the chances of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer * Have less fatigue and more energy Dr. Robert K. Cooper's remarkable new program reveals the simple elements of success. * Food so delicious, you'll never long for extra fat * Exercise so easy, you can chat while you're doing it * Ways to power up for fat-burning as easily as flicking a switch * The most efficient toning techniques ever discovered

The Longevity Strategy

Obviously you don ' t want to reduce your caloric and fat intake below a certain
point . Consultation with a doctor knowledgeable ... For instance , a smoker does
not deny that cigarettes cause lung cancer . But he or she doesn ' t think of it in ...

Author: David Mahoney

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471327943

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 272

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" A wise and compelling guide . . . the true fountain of youth."--Dr. Stephen R. Covey author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People The acclaimed life plan for good health, fulfilling relationships, and financial security The brain-body connection is the interaction among three factors: the health of your brain, your attitude, and your physical health. In this breakthrough guide to a longer, better life, authors David Mahoney and Richard Restak, M.D., draw on state-of-the-art brain-body research to demonstrate the vital importance of handling stress properly, lifelong education and mental activity (use it or lose it!), the social connection, physical exercise, and rearranging your brain's hardwiring toward optimism. Featuring 31 practical, essential tactics, The Longevity Strategy is a user's manual for the best years of your life. "This book brings us good news: the more we use our brains, the more likely we need not retire." -- James Watson, Ph.D., winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine "I learned the hard way about the validity of the brain-body connection. The Longevity Strategy will make it a great deal easier for you to learn just what it means, too."--Mike Wallace "Superb . . . chock full of practical scientific knowledge that can help one become and stay healthy, wealthy, and wise."--Bart Kosko, Ph.D., author of Fuzzy Thinking "Intelligent, witty, and informative."--Leon Cooper, Ph.D., winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics

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Seminars/Workshops: Strategy and the Fat Smoker, Do You Really Want

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