Books

Graham’s books are valuable resources on your journey to improved performance. You can buy them via this or other websites or through bookshops.


Crack Strategy's code

Crack Strategy’s Code

This book demonstrates how to discover and implement the ingredients of success for your organisation or business unit. It explains strategy simply and effectively by getting to its core.

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 Book Reviews

“… a practical and engaging guide on how to design and implement your organization’s business strategy. It is full of substance and written in a language and style that practicing managers will find appealing and useful. I strongly recommend it.”

Professor Constantinos Markides, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

“Graham’s book presents an innovative yet extremely effective and logical approach to strategic planning. I have no hesitation in recommending it to any organization trying to maximise its competitive advantage.”

John Tannock, Chairman, Natures Fruit Company

“…a highly readable style … he helps the reader make sense of that most fundamental yet too often misunderstood and misused concept – strategy. If you teach or practice strategy, you should read this book.”

Professor Royston Greenwood, Telus Chair of Strategic Management, School of Business,University of Alberta

“Graham has presented an accessible and clear treatment of the key elements of strategy. Chapter summaries provide check lists that can be used widely.”

Ken Boundy, Director, Australian Bauxite

Book Overview

The book supplies insightful firsthand accounts and penetrating reports from inside real organisations. By providing proven methods, it will assist your management team and board to design and implement the future direction of your organisation – thereby ramping up your organisation’s results significantly.

The book demonstrates quite clearly how to:

  • Uncover the factors that will make or break your organisation or business unit
  • Identify your organisation’s vital dependencies in the form of key stakeholders
  • Reveal why your business model is successful or not
  • Design measurable objectives
  • Write effective strategy and not get caught up in operational activity
  • Monitor performance effectively
  • Discover new ideas for strategies
  • Implement your strategies fully and successfully
  • Test the likely success of your strategic plan prior to launch
  • Employ an overall system that makes business strategy simple and effective

Book Features

  • Actionable – full of examples drawn from all industries:
    • public and private sectors
    • service and manufacturing industries
    • profit and non-profit organisations
  • Easy-to-read (Presented in a simple style)
  • Sound (Clear roots in academic research and theory)
  • Streamlined (Supplies a simple and effective system)
  • Practical (Incorporates easy-to-follow steps)
  • Innovative (Involves techniques never before described)

Target Audience

Managers and their teams, as well as directors and their boards, in all sectors:

  • profit and not-for-profit organisations
  • organisations in the public and private sectors
  • businesses in service and manufacturing industries

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Diversification Blueprint
Diversification Blueprint

This book demonstrates how successful diversified firms operate by reviewing the proven practices of successful diversified firms, particularly General Electric, Wesfarmers, Bidvest and ITC.

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Book Reviews

“Graham Kenny’s very accessible exposition on the meaning and myths of diversification will reward anyone interested in the workings of contemporary business.”

Richard Goyder, CEO, Wesfarmers

“The ability to make complex ideas practical without oversimplifying them is a rare gift. Graham Kenny has this gift and in this book he walks managers through one of the most important issues that they face: how to decide whether to diversify and how to do so successfully… a must read book.”

Professor Royston Greenwood, Telus Chair of Strategic Management and Associate Dean (Research) School of Business, University of Alberta

“Diversification has its distinct and very real advantages in any economy! Graham Kenny’s review of the seven characteristics of successful diversifiers is thought provoking and a great tool for both company executives and students alike – a highly recommended read.”

Eddie Ruha, General Manager, Finance Steamships Trading Company

Diversification Blueprint challenges the conventional wisdom on diversification and does so in an easy to read manner. This is an important new book that will challenge and educate every manager considering whether and how to diversify their company.”

Professor Constantinos Markides Robert P Bauman Professor of Strategic Leadership London Business School

 Book Overview

Here are the do’s and dont’s for successfully growing an organisation by diversifying it. The book also provides a “how to” in managing business units within a diversified business. The emphasis is on what successful diversifiers do and what unsuccessful diversifiers fail to do. The proven practices of several diversified firms – particularly General Electric, Wesfarmers, Bidvest and ITC – come under detailed scrutiny.

The result is a blueprint of how to develop a diversification strategy as well as how to go about setting up the systems and procedures that produce optimal results.

Private-sector organisations, local government bodies, government departments and not-for-profit organisations will all benefit equally from grasping and applying the steps outlined in this book.

Book Features

  • Contains case studies of successful diversified organisations
  • Demonstrates seven key principles that successful diversifiers follow
  • Illustrates the importance of achieving business unit competitive advantage
  • Provides performance measures to apply in diversified organisations
  • Reviews how focused firms succeed and what diversifiers can learn from them
  • Presented in an easy-to-read style

Target Audience

Managers and their teams, as well as directors and their boards, in all sectors:

  • profit and not-for-profit organisations;
  • organisations in the public and private sectors
  • businesses in service and manufacturing industries.

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diversification strategy

Diversification Strategy

This is Diversification Blueprint re-published by Kogan Page. Purchase online at Kogan Page, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble as well as through other suppliers.

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Strategia dywersyfikacji
Strategia Dywersyfikacji

This is the Polish version of Diversification Strategy – available online.

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Strategic Factors: Develop and Measure Winning Strategy

This book demonstrates how to  develop strategies for an organisation or business unit and then track them via effective key performance indicators (KPI’s).

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Book Reviews

“…a great book! …a significant step forward in strategic planning and performance measurement.”

Peter Russell, Partner, KPMG

“…a very readable text that outlines the essence of an integrated approach to developing strategy.”

Professor Ken Moores, School of Business, Bond University

“…strategy and outcomes are truly defined, linked and measured.”

Lesley Pinter, Human Resources Manager, SAP

“…contains practical advice that cuts through the management speak and jargon”

John Minchin, Manager Business Risk and Policies, Hydro Tasmania

 Book Overview

Here’s the book that shows how strategic factors lie at the heart of organisational success – in private and public, profit and non-profit, manufacturing and service sectors. They apply to organisations as a whole as well as to business units.

The book demonstrates via numerous examples from the full range of industries how the identification of key stakeholders is the essential starting point to developing winning strategy and effective performance measures.

With a distinctive and powerful approach to key strategy concepts such as competitive advantage, value, differentiation and positioning, the author demonstrates quite clearly how the fatal flaw for many organisations and business units has been their inability to define competitive advantage around strategic factors. Linking all key performance indicators to strategy, as the book does, produces a highly effective system for tracking strategic success.

Book Features

  •  Streamlines developing effective strategy
  • Is full of examples drawn from all industries:
    • public and private sectors
    • service and manufacturing industries
    • profit and non-profit organisations.
  • Incorporates easy to follow steps
  • Comprises breakthrough methods
  • Contains a glossary that defines all key terms
  • Presented in an easy-to-read style

Target Audience

Managers and their teams, as well as directors and their boards, in all sectors:

  • profit and not-for-profit organisations;
  • organisations in the public and private sectors
  • businesses in service and manufacturing industries.

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Strategic_Planning_and_Performance_Management
Strategic Planning and Performance Management

This is Strategic Factors re-published by Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann. Purchase online at Amazon, and Barnes and Noble as well as through other suppliers.
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