RAPID RESPONSES

Generally agree

Nice timing in the article by Sir Rob Fry (This former general says the real essence of strategy has been forgotten by business, yesterday) on the decline of strategy as a leadership competency – the Institute of Leadership and Management has been having just this debate recently.

As an inveterate strategist, I share Sir Rob's dismay at the decoupling of strategy from outcome or implementation.

I blame the influence of business schools, for whom the academic objective – rigorous methodology – overtook practical outcomes as the rationale for strategy.

Thankfully strategy is still practised in real-world format by our military. Perhaps we need a Masters in Military Administration as a prerequisite for business management? And I'm only half-joking.
John Mark Williams, chief executive, Gateway to London