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Winning the Long Game: How Strategic Leaders Shape the Future

By: and :: Published: September 2, 2014

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Are you winning the battle but losing the war?

Every leader has to deliver the goods — make budget, meet deadlines, and deftly manage people — to provide the financial and inspirational fuel that keeps their business running day-in and day-out.

But therein lies the danger of winning today’s battle and losing the war — that is the long game of creating sustainable value in a world that is not just volatile and uncertain but one becoming ever-more complex and ambiguous.

The greater purpose — ranking as today’s number one business challenge — is winning the long game by being more strategic — developing the skills to look outside the four walls of the organization and see the world from the future back. 

While pragmatic to the core, Winning the Long Game creates vivid insights through an astonishingly wide variety of personal portraits of not only successful business leaders but world renowned figures such as:

  • Pope Francis — while holding true to the core teachings of the Roman Catholic Church — bringing an institution that is two-millennia old into the twenty-first century.
  • Oprah Winfrey exercising the six disciplines of strategic leadership in redefining the talk show genre and ultimately herself.
  • The grit and determination of Laurence Golborne, the minister of mines in Chile, directing the rescue of 33 miners trapped thousands of feet below ground.
  • Nelson Mandela leading a country at the brink of civil war toward peace and new prosperity by dreaming of a rainbow nation for South Africa.

Winning the Long Game is a roadmap and toolkit full of pragmatic “how to” tips for courageous leaders who want to seize opportunity in uncertain times while positioning their organizations to win the long game. Nathan Mayer Rothschild, a member of the great nineteenth century German banking family, always viewed turmoil as a source of opportunity. In his words: “great fortunes are made when cannon balls fall in the harbor, not when violins play in the ball-room.” But as Pasteur emphasized, chance will only favor the prepared mind.


About the Authors

DSI CEO Steve KruppSteven Krupp is the CEO of Decision Strategies International, a firm devoted to helping leaders become more strategic, and organizations more adaptive, in the face of uncertainty. He was previously a senior partner at Oliver Wyman Delta, and served as CEO of Key Management Strategies. Dr. Krupp advises premier global organizations and has published in Harvard Business Review, Harvard Management Update, CLO Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. Read Full Bio »

DSI's Founder and Chairman Paul Schoemaker
Paul J.H. Schoemaker is founder and executive chairman of Decision Strategies International and research director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School where he teaches strategy and decision-making. For twelve years Dr. Schoemaker was a professor at the University of Chicago where he did leading academic work at the Center for Decision Research. He is co-author of the business best-sellers Decision Traps and Winning Decisions, among many other books and 100+ articles. Read Full Bio »


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