Critical to the success of every organization, strategy is not a long planning exercise or document. Strategy can be simple, fun and effective and is founded on a set of five interrelated and powerful choices that positions an organization to win.

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Playing To win
At best, Management Models help managers make better choices faster, without having to go back to first principles to build their decisions from the ground up. However, at their worst, they perpetuate the making of bad decisions. That is why when it comes to Management Models, quality is key.

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A New Way to Think

Integrative thinking is a form of reasoning which allows you to constructively face the tensions of opposing models. Instead of choosing one at the expense of the other, you generate a creative solution. Your solution contains elements of the individual models, but is superior to each.

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Creating Great Choices

Organizations need to incorporate the best of design thinking into their ways of working to unleash innovation and creativity. An organization will be able to counter-balance analytical thinking with intuitive thinking – to enable it to both exploit existing knowledge and create new knowledge. 

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The Design Of Business

While prevailing theory holds that stock-based compensation perfectly aligns corporate executives’ incentives with those of shareholders, it does the opposite. As a consequence, executives have done brilliantly while shareholders have become increasingly frustrated. Incentives and governance practice needs to be transformed to enable corporations to prosper in a way that better serves society.

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Fixing the Game

The combination of the stagnation of medium incomes and the rapid rise of high incomes is threatening the future of democratic capitalism. Its predictive future requires building a more robust knowledge, transactional and physical infrastructure for broadly shared prosperity.

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When More is Not Better

For both social entrepreneurs and corporations, the key tenet of social innovation is finding ways to make the world a better place. My work focuses on building tools for social entrepreneurs to create more powerful models for creating value for society and developing models to guide corporations on a path of productive corporate citizenship.

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Getting Beyond Better


Since the turn of the new century, we’ve experienced two massive value-destroying market meltdowns and a series of ethics breaches and accounting scandals. Is it the inevitable decline of the American economy? The new normal in a technology-enabled global marketplace?

Now, bestselling author Roger Martin, called by The Times one of top fifty management thinkers in the world, reveals the culprit behind the sorry state of American capitalism inFIXING THE GAME: Bubbles, Crashes, and What Capitalism Can Learn from the NFL (Harvard Business Review Press; May 2011). A widely influential management thinker, Martin targets the problem and tells us how to fix it, now. Our deep and abiding belief that the firm exists to maximize shareholder value has led to massive growth in stock-based compensation for executives and a naive and wrongheaded coupling of the “real” market (the business of designing, making and selling products and services) with the “expectations” market (the business of trading stocks, options and complex derivatives). It’s a bit like confusing winning the Super Bowl with winning a bet on the Super Bowl.

“Our single-minded focus on the expectations market will continue driving us from crisis to crisis to ruin—unless we act now,” says Martin. Drawing on the analogy of the National Football League’s strict separation of actual games from betting, Martin shows how to reverse our plight by taking a much more thoughtful and effective approach to the intersection of the real and expectations markets and to governance in general. His unique game plan for American capitalism to successfully regain lost yardage and attain its powerful maximizing objectives includes:

  • Restructuring executive compensation to focus entirely on the real market, not the expectations market;
  • Rethinking board governance and the role of board members and the autonomy of auditors;
  • Reining in the power of hedge funds and monopoly pension funds;
  • Five positive steps to heal American capitalism, fix the game, play tough and win in the real world.

Concise, hard-hitting and entertaining, FIXING THE GAME advocates seizing American capitalism from the jaws of the expectations market — and planting it firmly in the real market, and tells us exactly how to do it, starting now.

FORMAT: Paperback
PUBLISHER: Harvard Business Review
PUBLISH DATE: May 3, 2011
ISBN: 1422171647
PAGES: 192

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"Fixing the Game is a must-read for all who care about business being a positive agent for change in the world."
– Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post

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