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The Art of Action: Leadership that Closes the Gaps between Plans, Actions and Results by Stephen Bungay

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STRATEGY, PLANNING, AND PREPARING

Since its high tide in the 1970s, the strategic planning school, led by writers like Igor Ansoff and Peter Lorange, has fallen out of favor. They were the heirs of von Bülow. Henry Mintzberg has played the role of a polemical Clausewitz, his efforts culminating in The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning, a book of over 400 pages devoted to a detailed critique of the planners, the final chapter of which also tried to salvage something positive from their methods.8 It is sobering to realize that this book appeared as late as 1994. It is sad that it expends so much effort on describing what you should not do, whereas Clausewitz and von Moltke concentrated on what you should do. Mintzberg points out that “formal ...

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