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