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Master Powerful Strategic Conversation for success in these challenging times.

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Choose your tools to deal with specific challenges–not just because they’re the flavour of the moment

Every executive needs a carefully thought-through strategy toolkit. Every company should have a clear point of view about what tools are best for it, how to use them—and a disciplined way of doing it

But this is too often not the way things are. These critical matters are too often left to a whim or to chance. Managers typically misdiagnose what’s hampering their performance, and grab at whatever new idea comes their way. What I call “the tyranny of tools” becomes sand in the gears of performance.

Managers bounce from one tool to another. By allowing themselves to be constantly distracted by the next “silver bullet,” and by cluttering their organisations with whatever is in fashion, they create confusion and complexity. 


All tools are not all equally useful. Those you select should be essential for crafting and conducting your powerful strategic conversation.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Tony-Manning_Powerful-Strategic-Conversation-master.pngIf you don’t know what you need for that, and why, chances are you’ll fall for some notion—a theory, a model, a process—that won’t help you the way you expect. You’ll spend fortunes on the latest fads, and wonder why they didn’t do what was promised. And as you chop and change, you’ll confuse yourself and paralyze your organization.

You’ll kill your chances of winning. 

The good news is that we do know what’s necessary, and what works. I’ll guide you through the maze—and introduce you to the tools and way of working that will enable you to get the results you seek.

Tony Manning has the ability to assist managers of companies ask and answer tough questions about their business; to confront issues facing them; and in a frank and realistic way, to develop a positive forward-looking attitude towards achieving growth—Chairman


A lot of “thought leadership” in business is in fact thought followership. There’s plenty of noise, but little that’s actually new or necessary.

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Eight critical strategy practices provide a useful framework for designing and executing a winning strategy

When you boil down a century or so of management thought and practice, the worthwhile stuff fills a thimble. It applies across countries, companies, and industries. So it’s vital to know what really matters, to focus on the few ideas that will make the biggest difference…and to excel in using them.

I understand what tools are available. I also know what’s necessary in various circumstances—and what works. My strategy approach is simple, sound and practical. So I take you straight there, and never bog you down with popular but maybe useless concepts, frivolous activities, or consultant-speak.

We have all benefited enormously from your incisive and innovative thinking—Executive Chairman

A great session. Strategy simplifiedSenior executive at business school

You make refreshing sense of complexity. Your valuable, practical advice is making a real impact in our businessChief Executive 

Over the years, I’ve developed many unique and useful models, frameworks, and questionnaires. They’re all based on solid research and  principles, and have been extensively field-tested. I’ve also developed ways of thinking about management that will help you and your team craft and conduct your Powerful Strategic Conversation to get the results you want.

In my two most recent books, I’ve shown how little progress has been made in management “thought leadership” over the past 100 years, and I’ve identified 8 critical strategy practices that have stood the test of time, and that apply to all companies everywhere.


Contact me today to start using

Powerful Strategic Conversation

Phone +27 82 800 5862

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