Informative, thoughtful, challenging, insightful, and deftly written, organized and presented, "Be Visionary: Strategic Leadership in the Age of Optimization" will have a special appeal and value to business managers, corporate leadership, and entrepreneurs. While unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, corporate, and academic library Business Management & Entrepreneurship collections, it should be noted for MBA students, academic, corporate motivational team leaders, and non-specialist general readers with interest in the subject that "Be Visionary: Strategic Leadership in the Age of Optimization" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99). ~ Midwest Book Review, Review
As you may know before going in, or as you will most definitely grasp as you read, Marty has been there, done that and even gone back on some occasions, thus his life in business is as fully grasped an entity to bring forth within thew written word as anybody’s on this very same subject matter, of that be sure.
Indeed, author Strong freely demonstrates in his book that we are all humans who should be treated respectfully. In this regard businesses are starting to forget about the core fundamentals that make profit without considering people as just numbers.
The more exposure leaders get with their employees the better the leaders should treat his company. In return for this generous care and safety employees start to take the company more then just a place to work.
Employees will wear their company on their shoulders and would be proud to work at the company for as long as they would be allowed.
In conclusion, if you are idealizing leading a business in the future, or already running one, this book (chock full of timeless leadership principles combined with real-world examples are the hallmarks) is an absolute must-read for you.
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Be Visionary is one of the best books I have ever read. Marty Strong has written a practical and visionary masterpiece. I wrote more notes in this book than I can remember doing in any book I‘ve read in a very long time. ~ Michael Steiner Executive Director BEST Robotics Inc., Reader
Be Visionary: Strategic Leadership in the Age of Optimization, is an exceptionally written tome designed to open the eyes of the reader to the reality of business today. You will be introduced to the Vision concept and given an opportunity to build a foundation for leadership success before diving into trends, threats, and opportunities, all while learning how to set a course and communicate your own dynamic vision. His narrative is inculcated with discussions on relevant ethics, spotlighting the increasing challenges for senior managers in dealing with companies and individuals who more and more often, skirt customary moral leadership acts such as fundamentally protecting people, even while engaged fully in an effort to capture short term profits or gain market share. That fact that Marty has the guts to talk about “Doing What’s Right” in a rudderless media driven cultural environment, is inspiring. ~ Lee Priest Chief Executive Officer - ETAK Systems Georgia Tech Engineer Harvard Business School Graduate Author of over 50 patents and the books Drone, Technology Industry CEO & Harvard MBA
As a commercial banker focused on the U.S. Middle-Market, I witness daily the struggle for visionary strategic leadership. I worked under Marty’s leadership for five years in a fast growth company during a time of upheaval, in particular the way our customers selected their vendors. Marty transformed the company through the creation and implementation of a pivot strategy that led to rapid growth, sustainability, and lucrative and valuable relationships with our customers. This while our competitors faltered. I vividly remember each room in the company’s main offices having large dry-erase boards covered with brainstorming insights. I also remember Marty’s presence, frequently checking our progress. He was capable of quickly crystallizing the essence of the problem at hand, applying vision, and leading us to develop a winning strategy. He accomplished this on the micro level among our teams and the macro level as the President of the company. Be Visionary is a must read for developing and experienced managers and leaders in business. Marty brings a rare intersection of experience in life with special operations, finance and C-Suite business leadership. Combine these with his creativity and energy and it’s obvious why he’s the master if the student is ready to learn.
~ Marcus Boggs, Senior Vice President Well Fargo Commercial Bank LtCol, USMC (retired), Banking Industry SVP
Of the many business books attempting to transpose applicable military leadership skills onto the corporate world, Be Visionary, Marty Strong’s second successful business leadership book, should hold pride of place on your bookshelf. In clear and precise terms, he lays out an easy-to-follow methodology for C Suite executives, aspirational senior executives, or ambitious mid-level managers planning their rise to the top. His message is as simple as it is impactful, leaders need to take risks, to resolve their bias for inaction. They must also be willing to commit themselves to winning for weeks, months, even years before success is achieved. While there is no guarantee of success, Marty Strong has provided a readable and relatable series of lessons learned and vignettes that encourages the reader to think and act beyond his in-box. I’ve worked with Marty in multiple business sectors, and I know his methodical and instructive leadership process works. Leading teams to the attainment of a great vision isn’t for the faint of heart, but for those up to the challenge, read Be Visionary. I assure you it will become a weathered, and much highlighted learning reference for years to come. ~ Charles Thomas Rushworth III Colonel, United States Marine Corp, Retired Former Professor, U.S. Naval War College , Former Healthcare President and Naval War College Strategy Professor