Greg Githens

Executive & Leadership Coach at Catalyst & Cadre

Lakewood Ranch, Florida, United States


Greg Githens' book, How to Think Strategically is now available from all major booksellers. Reviewers have said, "How to Think Strategically is without question one of the most useful books I have read. Greg talks you through the big skills and microskills of strategic thinking. He guides you toward sharpness of thought, and away from dullness and mediocrity."

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Company Information

Company Type: Service Provider
Business Unit: Catalyst Cadre LLC
Theatre: United States

Areas of Expertise

Agile 100
Change Management 38.05
Culture 30.42
Design Thinking 48.98
Emerging Technology 30.36
Entrepreneurship 32.33
Future of Work 30.74
HR 30.10
Innovation 34.33
Leadership 36.66
Management 32.67
Marketing 31.79
Open Innovation
Procurement 31.26
Risk Management 31
Supply Chain 31.29
Digital Transformation 30.53

Industry Experience

Engineering & Construction
High Tech & Electronics
Professional Services


8 Article/Blogs
Adjectives tell you something important about strategy
June 04, 2019
Is your strategy good or bad? Clever or stupid? Powerful or weak? Nuanced or generic?

A short excerpt from my book, How to Think Strategically.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Management, Entrepreneurship

Are you strategic?
May 24, 2019
What to do when someone tells you that you need to "be more strategic." (It is a short excerpt from my book, How to Think Strategically."

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Tags: Leadership, Management

How to measure business acumen
October 18, 2018
Explains business acumen as L.A.I.D. Literacy, Analysis, Insight, Design

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Tags: Design Thinking, HR, Management

Five Must Know Patterns of Disruption
Catalyst & Cadre
April 22, 2015
Be alert to these five thing

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Future of Work, Innovation

Agile Thinking Habits and Strategic Initiative Leadership
Catalyst & Cadre
January 22, 2014
Transcending the buzz for useful insights.

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Tags: Agile

Achieve, Preserve, Avoid: Another Nifty Technique for Gaining Strategic Perspective
Catalyst & Cadre
July 19, 2013
What do you want to achieve? What do you want to preserve? What do you want to avoid? Three excellent questions and an example.

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Risk Management

Five Ways to Add Smart New Voices to the Conversation
Catalyst & Cadre
January 22, 2008
Tips for next generation leaders

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Tags: Future of Work, Innovation, Leadership

Manage Innovation Programs With a Rolling Wave
Project Management Institute
May 05, 2001
An explanation of an excellent innovation management technique.

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Tags: Agile, Innovation, Management

1 Book
How to think strategically
Maven house press
July 09, 2019

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Tags: Agile, Design Thinking, Leadership

2 Book Chapters
Rolling Wave
John Wiley
January 22, 2008
Explanation of the rolling wave project planning technique.

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Tags: Agile, Change Management, Innovation

Managing New Product Development Risk
John Wiley
January 22, 2008
Risk identification and management for innovation and new product development projects.

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Tags: Agile, Change Management, Innovation

5 Media Interviews
Summer Productivity Tips to Jumpstart Your Motivation!
Digital Examiner
July 12, 2019
Provided strategic thinking tips: “One of the opportunities of summer is walking in nature. This activity is found to increase the frequency of strategic thinking as the mind relaxes and lets insights to arise. This walk in nature isn’t an idle distraction but rather an investment. If you are avoiding a low-priority project, why is it low priority? Maybe this is an opportunity to kill it off and focus on those projects that support your strategy. Or if it is important but not urgent, maybe it is time to think strategically.”

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Leadership

Why Implementing an Agile Business Model Is More Evolution Than Revolution
CMS Wire
June 25, 2019
As many companies are beginning to move from traditional management to agile management to address business challenges, they should be aware, the process is a slow evolution. There are two principle benefits in implementing an agile business model both of which are equally important in encouraging business leaders to make the jump: speed and flexibility.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Future of Work, Agile

Use the Ladder of Inference to Make Better Decisions
June 18, 2019
Understanding the ladder of inference helps you make informed decisions—rather than relying on your own assumptions and interpretations.

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Tags: Management, Marketing, Change Management

26 supply chain pros reveal the single most effective way to create a winning supply chain strategy
6 Rivers
June 10, 2019
“The single and most effective way to create a winning supply chain strategy is to…Connect it to a winning business strategy. The goal should be for the business to win, not some functional strategy (marketing, operations or supply chain, for example).

The question, then, for managers of the supply chain function is this: What insights can we provide to the business strategy that gives our business a powerful competitive advantage? A good insight can lead to a winning business strategy. Otherwise, you’re left with parity with competition.

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Tags: Supply Chain, Procurement, Management

Ask These 6 Questions Before Collaborating With Another Business
Fast Company
June 08, 2019
Greg Githens was interviewed about the importance of understanding your strategy before collaborating with another business.

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Tags: Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship

1 Speaking Engagement
How Storytelling Can Improve Your Strategic Thinking
PMI Minnesota Professional Development Days
September 27, 2018
A heroic quest is where the hero leaves the ordinary comfortable world and travels to a special world. In this presentation, I explain operations (and operational thinking) as the ordinary world and strategy (and strategic thinking) as the special world.

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Tags: Culture, Innovation, Leadership



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Executive & Leadership Coach

Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL    Date Available: May 21st, 2019    Fees: Negotiable depending on durati

Submission Date: May 21st, 2019    Service Type: Service Offered

I work with individuals and groups to help them develop their competencies and apply to real-world issues.

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