Rich Horwath

Author and Speaker, Strategy Expert

Rich Horwath is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author on strategy. As the CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute, Rich leads executive teams through the strategy process and has helped more than 50,000 managers around the world develop their strategic thinking skills. A former Chief Strategy Officer and professor of strategy, he brings both real-world experience and practical expertise to help leaders build their team's strategic capabilities.

Rich and his work have appeared on ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, NBC and FOX TV. He is recognized in the textbook Strategy in the 21st Century as one of the key contributors in the history of strategic management for his thought leadership in the field of strategic thinking. A highly sought-after keynote speaker, Rich has spoken to leaders at world-class companies including Google, Intel and FedEx and has been ranked the #1 speaker on strategy & innovation at national conferences.

Rich is the author of six books, including, Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking, which a leader at Intel proclaimed: “If you only read one book on strategy, this has to be that book!” His book, Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy, has been described by the Director of Worldwide Operations for McDonalds as “...the most valuable book ever written on strategic thinking.” And Strategy for You: Building a Bridge to the Life You Want, helps people apply the principles of business strategy to their overall life and was the #1 bestselling book on Amazon.com.

Rich's innovative work in the field of strategic thinking has created dozens of proprietary offerings including group workshops, assessments, books, mobile apps, workbooks, software, podcasts, videos and one-to-one strategic counsel. His monthly e-publication entitled Strategic Thinker is read by thousands of business leaders and academicians around the world. Rich earned an MBA with Distinction from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and served as a professor of strategy at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He resides in Barrington Hills, Illinois.

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    Communication Skills, Motivation, Organizational Skills, Peak Performance, Sales, Teambuilding, Time Management

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    Illinois

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Rich Horwath - Strategic Thinking

Rich Horwath is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author on strategy. As the CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute, Rich leads executive teams through the strategy process and has helped more than 50,000 managers around the world develop their strategic thinking skills. A former Chief Strategy Officer and professor of strategy, he brings both real-world experience and practical expertise to help leaders build their team's strategic capabilities.

Rich and his work have appeared on ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, NBC and FOX TV. He is recognized in the textbook Strategy in the 21st Century as one of the key contributors in the history of strategic management for his thought leadership in the field of strategic thinking. A highly sought-after keynote speaker, Rich has spoken to leaders at world-class companies including Google, Intel and FedEx and has been ranked the #1 speaker on strategy & innovation at national conferences.

Rich is the author of six books, including, Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking, which a leader at Intel proclaimed: “If you only read one book on strategy, this has to be that book!” His book, Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy, has been described by the Director of Worldwide Operations for McDonalds as “...the most valuable book ever written on strategic thinking.” And Strategy for You: Building a Bridge to the Life You Want, helps people apply the principles of business strategy to their overall life and was the #1 bestselling book on Amazon.com.

Rich's innovative work in the field of strategic thinking has created dozens of proprietary offerings including group workshops, assessments, books, mobile apps, workbooks, software, podcasts, videos and one-to-one strategic counsel. His monthly e-publication entitled Strategic Thinker is read by thousands of business leaders and academicians around the world. Rich earned an MBA with Distinction from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and served as a professor of strategy at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He resides in Barrington Hills, Illinois.

To book Rich Horwath call Executive Speakers Bureau at 800-754-9404.

Strategy + Innovation = Competitive Advantage

Research shows that only 25 percent of managers believe their companies are good at both strategy and innovation. It's no wonder then, that poor strategy is the #1 cause of bankruptcy. Too often, strategy and innovation are approached separately. Innovation is the continual hunt for new value; strategy is ensuring we configure resources in the best way possible to develop and deliver that value. By becoming an elite strategic thinker, a leader is better prepared to fuse strategy and innovation into competitive advantage. New York Times bestselling author on strategy Rich Horwath shares with leaders a powerful framework called the Three Disciplines of Advanced

Strategic Thinking to harness the power of strategy and innovation:

  • COALESCE: Fusing together insights to create an innovative business model.
  • COMPETE: Creating a system of strategy to achieve competitive advantage.
  • CHAMPION: Leading others to think and act strategically to execute strategy.

Key Learning’s:

  1. Understand the principles of both strategy and innovation.
  2. Utilize a strategic thinking framework to create new profitable growth.
  3. Design a stronger business model to achieve competitive differentiation.
  4. Develop innovative strategies based on your specific competitive position.
  5. Create strategic innovation throughout the organization by changing thinking and behavior .

DEEP DIVE: Building Strategic Thinking Skills for Competitive Advantage

Recent studies on leadership by the Wall Street Journal and Chief Executive Magazine have found that the #1 ranked, most valued skill in leaders today is strategic thinking. But only 3 out of every 10 managers are strategic. Rich Horwath helps business people at all levels understand what strategy is and how to think strategically on a daily basis to profitably grow their business. The result is that participants leave with a framework to think strategically on a daily basis and gain practical tools to reach their true strategic potential.

Key Learning’s:

1. Master the three disciplines of strategic thinking to be proactive instead of reactive:

  • Acumen: how to generate new insights for new business growth.
  • Allocation: how to prioritize activities and resources.
  • Action: how to stay focused on the important, not urgent.

2. Develop a common understanding, language and toolkit for strategy.
3. Create differentiated strategies to build sustainable competitive advantage.
4. Enhance the ability to make strategic trade-offs and focus resources.

STRATEGY FOR YOU: Using the Principles of Strategy to Achieve Business and Personal Success

Strategy is the foundation of success in business. Strategy creates the bridge from where you are today to where you want to go. But, very few people know what strategy is and how to effectively use it. As a former Chief Strategy Officer and professor of management, Rich Horwath provides a five-step plan for using the foundational principles of strategy for both business and personal success:

  • DISCOVER: Uncover your purpose through insight.
  • DIFFERENTIATE: Identify your unique strengths.
  • DECIDE: Allocate your resources.
  • DESIGN: Develop your action plan.
  • DRIVE: Execute your plan.

Using real-world examples from business, sports, and entertainment, Rich provides audiences with an understanding of what strategy is and how to use it at work and home. The result is the power to get from where you are today to where you want to go--the power to live strategically.

Key Learning’s:

  1. Master the concept of strategy and effectively develop goals, objectives, strategies and tactics for your business, career, and personal life.
  2. Confidently make strategic decisions to most effectively allocate your time, talent and budget at work and at home.
  3. Apply the five-step process to build real-world strategies that achieve your professional and personal goals.
  4. Create a blueprint to guide your business and personal activities.
  5. Practice using strategy tools on your business and personal initiatives. Rich was the most effective speaker at the conference. He is smart, focused, warm, connecting and stimulating. The room was electric during his talk. If you were responsible for the success of this conference, and if every scheduled speaker had fallen overboard the day before it started, and if you had only one rope, you would have saved him first.

Rob Wilson, Education Chair, Young Presidents Organization

“Rich provided an outstanding keynote speech on strategic thinking and planning. The presentation was very interactive and we received tremendous feedback from our members.”

Dennis Buster, President & CEO, MyDirectLine

“Rich was the most effective speaker at the SHRM Annual Conference. He is smart, focused, warm, connecting and stimulating. The room was electric during his talk. If you had been responsible for the success of this conference, and if every scheduled speaker had fallen overboard the day before it started, and if you had only one rope, you would have saved him first.”

LynAnn Henderson, Marketing Director, Employee Benefits Management Services

“From his content to his delivery, Rich's presentations on strategy are impeccable. I have never been more impressed with a keynote speaker.”

Tami Spear, Director of Human Resources, Avis Goodwin

“Your keynote speech on strategy was by far the most memorable, most educational, and most dynamic of all. You took the complex topic of strategy and condensed it into an easy-tounderstand and entertaining event—a task not achievable by many. You are a gifted and dynamic speaker.”
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