Rich Horwath

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Biography

Rich Horwath is the author of the best-selling book on strategic thinking, Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy, which has been described by the director of worldwide operations for McDonalds as "…the most valuable book ever written on strategic thinking." He is a national television thought-leader on strategy, having appeared on NBC, WGN, FOX and the Chicago Tonight Show to discuss the strategic aspect of current issues. He is the founder and president of the Strategic Thinking Institute, a former chief strategy officer, and professor of strategy at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He is the author of four books and more than 75 articles on strategic thinking and has been profiled in business publications around the world, including Investor's Business Daily. He was ranked the #1 speaker on strategy by the Society for Healthcare Strategy.

Speaking Topics

Deep Dive: Strategic Thinking for Competitive Advantage
Recent studies on leadership by the Wall Street Journal and Chief Executive Magazine both found the #1 most valued skill in leaders today is strategic thinking. But only 3 out of every 10 managers are strategic. Rich Horwath helps managers at all levels understand what strategy is, how it's different from goals, objectives and tactics and how to build winning strategies. Once they build their strategies, Horwath identifies the five most common strategy execution errors and how to avoid them.

Be Strategic or Be Gone
50% of bankruptcies are caused by bad strategy. If you can't think strategically today, you may not have a business or a job tomorrow. Rich Horwath arms audience members with the three disciplines of strategic thinking: Acumen—how to generate new ideas; Allocation—how to make strategic trade-offs; and Action—how to execute strategy. The result is audience members now have a practical tool kit they can use every day to profitably grow their business.

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