Paul Barnett, executive officer at the SPS, asked LinkedIn members this month how we can build a career in strategy. The responses suggested a variety of issues at stake.
One member argued that strategic ability “is a key management skill that one develops and tunes rather than a career within itself. Of course there are many things to learn and study about strategy which will help you to develop the necessary skills to be a good strategist.” Another agreed, saying: “Strategy and strategic planning is a management skill that needs training – I worry that by making it a separate function, you are risking taking the function and role away from CEOs.”
However, not all respondents agreed. One highlighted: “I firmly believe that strategy is a career and is best performed by experienced practitioners. In my experience there are a number of reasons for this and the top three are: pressure on time/cost/delivery of ‘today’s big issue’, objectivity and competence.”
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