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

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

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

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

News & Events

News & Events

Upcoming Events

Mar 01, 2011

I thought I’d draw your attention to a few upcoming Rotman School events I’m quite excited about:

On Tuesday, March 29, we’re hosting a panel discussion on Artistry Unleashed at the Savoy Hotel in London, England. Panelists include myself, Hilary Austen (author of the new book, Artistry Unleashed), Tyler Brulé (Editor-in-Chief of Monocle), Sue Siddall (Managing Director of IDEO‘s London office) and Derek Weil (a partner at Pentagram).

On April 27, we’re in Boston for another panel of thought leaders on artistry, this one featuring Hilary and I, plus Michael Beirut, (Partner, Pentagram), Dan Buchner (Vice President – Innovation and Design, Continuum) and Colin Raney (Design Director, IDEO) .

And soon, we’ll hold a series of talks on my new book, Fixing the Game. On May 5, Adi Ignatius (Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Business Review) and I will discuss the book in Toronto. Then, we take the show on the road, with an events in New York (June 7, where we’ll include Chrystia Freeland, Editor at Large – Reuters, in the conversation). Events in Singapore, London and elsewhere are also in the planning stages.

“My generation’s Peter Drucker: Martin’s prescriptions are clear, realistic and practical.” Jim Hackett, CEO Ford Motor Company ORDER TODAY