Ed Barrows
Practical Thinking About Becoming a Strategic Leader
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Helping you become a more strategic leader.

My site exists for one simple purpose: to help managers become more strategic leaders.

The world is changing at a dizzying pace. New technologies are being introduced more rapidly than ever before which is having a dramatic effect on the ways organizations create value, compete for scarce resources, develop talent and consistently deliver meaningful results. Many of the tools and approaches that worked effectively in the past either no longer apply or function only when modified to the reflect the realities of the VUCA world. Like their tools, leaders too must change in order to maintain their edge in this environment. To lead effectively today and tomorrow—managers must become more flexible in their thinking, faster in their decision-making and action-taking and more networked and collaborative in and across their organizations. In short, they need to become more strategic leaders.

The good news is leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made the way most things of value are created—with careful planning, deliberate application, periodic reflection and perseverance. This site aims to help committed leaders do all of these things more efficiently and effectively at the intersection of strategy and leadership.

What you’ll find here are thoughts, ideas, research and commentary that will be of value to you in building skills as a strategic leader. But keep in mind one important viewpoint:  leadership is a craft—you have to do it to get better at it and to get better at it you have to do it right. In the words of football legend Vince Lombardi, "Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect." My job is to help you improve your practice by identifying and distilling the broad array of strategy and leadership thinking into something practical, usable and above all else, useful to your daily work as a leader. I'm also happy to provide feedback on what and how you're doing if you're interested. Just send me an email with your questions. 

I hope you’ll check back often for updates, sign up to have what you may have missed sent to you directly in my Strategic Leader Letter and most importantly, engage in a conversation with me and others who visit the site regarding what you've learned on your journey to becoming the strategic leader you want to be. I hope to speak with you soon.

—Ed