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TESTIMONIALS

Global CEO Endorsements

The knowledge, skills and experience unique to your company and your industry reside in your four walls. In Making Big Decisions Better, Tim Lewko has developed a practical guide to harnessing those unique attributes and molding them into a clear, simple strategic direction for your team and your company!

JOHN CASE

President, Consumer Products Group Leggett & Platt

Tim Lewko and Thinking Dimensions were brought on board because we needed a common approach to strategy that was practical, decision based and integrated financials. In addition, rather than name brand consultants we wanted a strategy process that forced our executives to sweat through tradeoffs and own implementation. Tim’s book-Making Big Decisions Better shares the approach we embedded in our business units to drive performance.

F. NICHOLAS (NICK) GRASBERGER

President and Chief Executive Officer at Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC)

Having subscribed to the methodology illustrated in the book; successfully defining, executing and achieving strategy becomes much more clear and attainable. Strategy moves from opaque to transparent, as well as easily communicated throughout the company.

DANIEL J. STARCK

Chief Executive Officer and Director, Apria Healthcare Group Inc.

An outstanding book, with absolute simplicity gives the needed support for driving focused business decisions. Being an entrepreneur in a family generational business in Veneto, Italy – I appreciate the genuine approach it offers . A true value difficult to find now a days.

PAULO MORESCO

Managing Director and CEO, 3M Holding, Veneto, Italian company with a global investment portfolio

Practical, specific and effective. Each chapter made me think about my path. On one hand it confirms that I am moving in the right strategic direction. I think about the techniques I have already adopted to deliver business results: team involvement, P&L training, a shared strategy. This book provided new and usable decision making tools to make more efficient business choices every day”.

MAURIZIO BAZZO

President & CEO of INglass S.p.A 2015 Italian Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Industrial Products category

My immediate reaction to this book, these ideas and these philosophies is —practical, accessible and useful. I read a lot of business books, most of them are a little on the airy side, but this one resonates. It’s incredibly authentic. The ideas will have an immediate impact on your business. A rarity these days.

AMY COSPER

Former Editor-in-Chief, Entrepreneur Magazine

Tim Lewko is a straight talking thought leader on the power of effective strategic planning. This book provides a formula for taking strategic planning out of the retreat format and establishing it as the foundation for business success. This is hard work, but it’s easier than turning around a failing business.

GORDON CLEMONS

Chairman of the Board, CEO and President at CORVEL CORP(NASDAQ:CRVL)<br />

After endless theoretical strategy books, it is really rewarding to get stuck into some ideas for doing. The book presents a practical toolkit for driving a business to success through an increasingly complex environment. Approaches to unraveling often overlooked areas such as strategic latitude are superbly explained and applied.

JAMES ALLSOP

Area General Manager, Bard UK Limited

CHAPTERS OVERVIEW

Chapter summaries to quickly identify how to immediately put this book to work for you

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FIX: CH.1

Absence of a shared language? 
Why you need to define strategy

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FIX: CH. 2

Strategy is a decision-making process
Why a common approach  is critical

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FIX: CH.3

Don’t by-pass sweat equity
Why not to outsource it to consultants

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FIX: CH. 4

Forgetting about profit?
Why strategy is about sustainable profit

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FIX: CH. 5

Mixed up on metrics
Why companies have poor  metrics

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FIX: CH. 6

Vague strategic latitude
Why CEOs and Boards need defined parameters when developing strategy

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BUILD: CH. 7

TDG Strategy System
Three – 1 Page tools to set  strategy and  proactively manage results

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BUILD: CH. 8

Strategic Assumptions & Implications: Connecting Outside to Inside

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BUILD: CH. 9

PMC Engine: the decision engine
How to develop the most powerful decision making tool for strategy

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BUILD: CH. 10

Goals and Gaps:
How to  focus on  true strategic goals  and remove the clutter blocking results

USE: CH. 11

How to use the system to get results 
How to embed the tools into your organization in days – not months!

USE: CH. 12

Test your strategy
how to pressure-test your strategy and find areas to mitigate and accelerate

USE: CH. 13

Reinstate root cause
Why finding cause for both POSITIVE and NEGATIVE gaps in Revenue, Cost and Profit performance will boost you bottom line immediately.

USE: CH. 14

Check in quarterly
How to change quarterly reviews from boring backward looking presentations to forward looking  worksessions

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1: Strategy Process

Don’t  have a visible, repeatable process to develop strategy?

2: Criteria to Evaluate Consultants

Need  clear and measurable critiera to evaluate outside consultants?

3: RCP Framework

Do your managers and leaders understand and utilize all the levers in the REVENUE-COST=PROFIT equation? – Find out how to builid up this expertise.

4: 4 Dimensions of Indicator

Are you using the right indicators to monitor your business? Are they clearly defined? Use these four dimensions to improve your metrics.

5: STRATEGIC LATITUDE QUESTIONS

Are you asking the right questions to uncover all stakeholder needs your strategy must consider? Use this tool to generate clear requirements.

6: STRATEGIC LATITUDE SAMPLE

Missing Strategic Latitude as a tool for your strategy? Use this sample to evaluate objectives and metrics that you could use for your business?

7: TDG STRATEGY SYSTEM

Do you have the 3 critical tools to drive your business? Download the system to evaluate how you can use these tools in your company.

8: STRATEGIC ASSUMPTIONS

Are your strategy assumptions visible and quantified? Do you link them to the product, market and capability decisions that define your strategy? Use this tool to begin this process and sharpen your performance!

9A: PMC ENGINE SETUP

Do have a 1 page control center to view your business? Determine where to put scarce resources? Highlight where you’re winning and losing? Get the PMC tool to begin a simple and powerful way to make decisions.

9B: PMC SCORING EXAMPLE

Use this tool to understand how to evaluate relative priorities in your PMC engine. It outlines a complete process to score, stratify and color code your Product and Market priorities.

10: PMC GROWTH STRATEGIES?

Is your company evaluating new opportunities for growth? Learn the key growth paths and how to evaluate options.

11: ADVANTAGE – FUTURE CAPABILITIES MATRIX (AFC)

Can you link your product and market choices to customer needs? Do you understand how you should compete in that segment? Are you future capabilities defined? Is the ROIC clear for this strategic option? Find out how to answer these with the AFC Matrix.

12: TEST STRATEGIC OPTIONS

Do have strategic options to pursue – but no clear winner? Are executives debating alternatives rather than evaluating them? Learn the process and the 7 criteria to test strategic options against.

13: +’VE AND -‘VE VARIANCE EVALUATION

Do you why your company is winning (or losing)? Do only look a poor performance areas for revenue, volume, cost and profit? Learn how to find root cause and take action to eliminate or accelerate performance.

14: STRATEGIC VS OPERATIONAL APPRAISAL

Can you easily separate Strategic from Operational Issues? Do you know 3 categories and process all issues fall into? Learn how to maximize your time and resources to work on the most important issues.

15: MARKET INTELLIGENCE MATRIX (MIM)

Do have a structured way to collect the most important market and competitive intelligence? Do you make decisions without consideration external factors? Are your people guessing at why competitors are winning? Get this tool to answer those questions.

16: STRATEGIC RISK ASSESSMENT

Are you consistently capturing and evaluting risk? Do you look at likelihood and impact before taking action? Do you know the avoiding actions you can take to prevent or lessen the risk? Find out how to build a better and simpler risk process for the area you lead.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

18 Years of Global Experience Helping Leaders Fix, Build and Use Their Strategy to Achieve Better Financial Results

Tim Lewko is the CEO of Thinking Dimension Global consultancy. He works with CEOs and boards on their big decisions – those that involve product, market and future capability choices.

His passion lies in forging strong and lasting senior-level relationships with CEOs that enable them to define the purpose and path of their company and realize sustainable EBITDA results.

He has worked with CEOs and Senior Executives using a process versus prescription approach to strategy over the last 18 years across North America, South America, Europe, Asia and India.

His clients to date have achieved over 600 million USD in improved EBITDA performance through his advisement and the tools presented in this book.

 

  • Focused on Results for Clients
  • Global Experience Across Many Industries
  • Success is Higher, Sustainable EBITDA for Your Firm

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Tim Lewko’s Making Big Decisions Better is essential reading for managers, business leaders and anyone interested in a framework for decision-making that is thorough, adaptable and highly practical.