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Managers need a simplified map to navigate the rapidly changing business
environment. More than ever good strategy is required to face new
competitors degrading company profitability. Drawing a new map
simplifies the strategic process through easy to follow proposals and real
The premise of this book is that individual managers can make a
difference and change the consequential reality of repetitive restructuring,
cost cutting, pressurized work environment and the loss of work
This book presents examples where company turnarounds were catalyzed
by the efforts of one or two individuals through using a simple dialogue
2. based strategy process. It also shows where the process did not work and
The turnarounds discussed were achieved in a short space of time by
focussing on leverage points and bypassing counterproductive aspects of
human behaviour. In the end it is human behaviour that makes or breaks
developing and implementing good strategies.
For companies to adapt successfully to a fast-changing reality it is critical
that the organisation first identifies what needs to be done, and then acts.
In order for this to happen employees (the group) need to learn together
and then coordinate their actions, which is where the problem lies.
The inherent need in humans for esteem and power can result in
subconscious actions intended to maintain their status. These drives,
together with the hierarchical structure, result in behaviour that shuts
down group learning and group action.
Strategic Learning and Strategic Alignment are presented in this book as
key techniques to deal with this fundamental human problem. Supporting
techniques such as Dialogue and the Theory of Constraints are also
introduced. Real life stories are related to illustrate and make actions
tangible and real.
Drawing a new map will start managers on the road towards achieving a
better work environment while improving company profits. This it does by
making managers aware of the current organisational dynamics, showing
them what is possible and giving them the confidence to act.
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for a manufacturing company in
distress March 17, 2013
By T A VAN NIEKERK, Owner Tavanek and
HendrikLourens has managed to capture the essential predicament of the
CEO in charge of a manufacturing company in distress: "What do I do to
get out of the mess?" Reading DRAWING A NEW MAP took me back to
various situations where I experienced times when I just did not know
what to do. Hendrik shares his practical experiences in a troubled industry
with remarkable insight into some of the most valuable options available.
The book clearly demonstrates the necessity of Peter Senge's work on The
Learning Organisation The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The
Learning Organizationand the Society for Organisational Learning (SoL) to
create the required organisation culture to develop a better future. He
found the sweet spot between Strategic Thinking, Strategic Learning
(William G Pietersen) Strategic Learning: How to Be Smarter Than Your
Competition and Turn Key Insights into Competitive Advantage and the
Strategic Fitness Process (M Beer, et al) and shows how these concepts
could be utilised to improve. I found his description of the essential
requirements for open dialogue very valuable and those that follow his
3. guidelines will certainly benefit from it. His insight into the practical
application of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) by Dr Eli Goldratt The
Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement is spot on.
Ruth Tearle, Owner of Changedesigns. March 2013
Drawing a new map by HendrikLourens is a book for many audiences who
are interested in strategy.
For MBA students who are struggling to understand how all the strategic
theories and concepts fit together, this is a book that integrates many
strategic concepts into one integrated whole via the use of real life
stories. Whether you are learning about Theory of Constraints, Strategic
Learning, Strategic Alignment, Mental Models or Strategic Management,
this book shows how different strategic and leadership concepts fit
together, in the real world of an organization.
For CEOs who need their leaders to adapt to a fast changing reality, this
book provides a practical account of how a strategic management process
and different mental models and tools can turn around an organization.
Filled with real life stories, practical experiences as well as simple
explanations of difficult strategic concepts, this is a book to add to your
collection of books on strategy, strategic thinking, strategic learning,
culture and leadership.