Book Review: Strategic Acceleration by Tony Jeary
Review by C.S. Clarke, Ph.D.
Strategic Acceleration is a business book, an inspiration book, a motivation book, a self-growth book. It is the kind of book to read with a highlighter in hand. You will find new insights, tips, motivators on every page. It is also a training manual and a seminar in a book. If Strategic Acceleration is not a bestseller, I will be surprised.
The author offers high impact ideas, clearly explained and easily acted upon. You can quickly understand and appreciate the value of the ideas and the actions and adapt them and apply them to your own situation. The three essential "big" ideas Jeary offers are:
1. Get Clarity on your current status and what and how you want to change and why it must happen. (What is Clarity, why it is important, how to achieve it.)
2. Get Focus on the action needed to make the change happen. (How to achieve and maintain Focus.)
3. Execute your plans, with special attention upon using strategic communication to persuade others to help you achieve your goals
He starts -- immediately in his Introduction -- by emphasizing the significant value of a "strategic thought process" as the basis for accurate, focused planning and action. And later he gives one of the best explanations I've seen of tactical vs. strategic thinking. He clarifies the relevance and usefulness of knowing the philosophies and methods of thinking behind goals and actions.
But if that makes the book sound a bit too intellectual, trust me, it's not at all. In fact, it makes the ideas of strategic thinking and planning simple and accessible. His presentation is exciting and motivating. It inspires the reaction of "Of course this works -- and I can do it!" Once you've read through the section on thinking and clarity, you'll be truly hooked.
If you appreciate the impact of a book's format and layout upon your ability to read with speed, flow and ease of understanding, you'll like the way this book is put together. It enables Jeary to be very comprehensive in his explanations and examples, while moving along at a fast pace, pushed by his unending enthusiasm. Yet, at the end of each chapter, you won't need to wonder if you missed anything in his densely-packed information and ideas. Because at the end of each chapter is a summary and an outline of important points covered in the chapter.
Best of all, unlike other authors who interrupt your flow by insisting you "stop right now and take this test" or do "this exercise," Jeary has put his tests and exercises in a separate section at the end of the book. And you will want to use them, perhaps even after each chapter, because you will understand their usefulness.
By the time you finish reading the book, you will have learned to think in a way few people do. A way that can help move your company's performance, productivity and abilities, not merely into the realm of exceeding excellence, but into new directions you have never considered before.
Visit his website on the book: http://www.strategicacceleration.org/ for more information and sample chapters.