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All things Chief of Staff



The Nerve Center: Lessons in Governing from the White House Chiefs of Staff (Joseph V. Hughes Jr. and Holly O. Hughes Series on the Presidency and Leadership)

In what James A. Baker III has called the “worst job in Washington”, the chief of staff orchestrates the president’s conduct of the U.S. government. He holds the unique responsibility to magnify the time, reach, and voice of the president of the United States. ” you need a filter, a person that you have total confidence in who works so closely with you that in effect he is almost an alter ego.” Gerald Ford has said.


Chief of Staff: Twenty-Five Years of Managing the Presidency

In 1986 a unique symposium in the history of American politics took place. Eight former White House Chiefs of Staff representing six different Presidents from Eisenhower to Carter gathered to talk about twenty-five years of the Presidency.


Halleck: Lincoln’s Chief of Staff

Ambrose’s fine book is sound, thoughtful and scholarly. It also demonstrates an understanding of the high command in modern war and helps to explains the divergent attitudes of Halleck’s contemporaries.


The following organizations provide training in strategic planning and thinking:


Training: Strategic Planning Seminars

Strategic formulation courses and strategic business planning seminars help managers at all levels maximize the resources of their organization. Effective strategy formulation skills are highly prized in corporate leaders—and they’re absolutely essential during a recession. The ability to develop operational business strategies and then take those business strategies from plan to action (or to rethink them on short notice) sets true leaders apart from their peers. Forward-looking strategy formulation can make the difference between a profitable business and one that stagnates. AMA offers strategic business planning courses and strategy formulation seminars for managers at all levels. The entire strategic planning process is covered in detail from the basics of strategy formulation to the implementation of business strategies in the “real world.”

The Wharton School

Training: Making Strategy Work: Leading Effective Execution

The devil is in the details. Even a great strategic plan can be destroyed by poor implementation. Successful implementation requires an understanding of the “big picture,” as well as all the sequential steps that lead to it. Making Strategy Work gives you a broad view of implementation and a thorough understanding of each piece of the implementation process so you can make more informed decisions on efficiency and effectiveness. You will learn how to properly align corporate structure with corporate strategies and how to integrate strategy formulation and implementation by focusing on five core areas. You will gain a framework in which to effectively develop and execute your next strategic plan. With this wider overview of strategy, you will be better prepared to ask the right questions as you build and implement future strategies.

NYU Stern School of Business

Training: Breakthrough Strategic Thinking

Great strategists don’t just understand their current environment and formulate a plan for it; great strategists can envision the multiple possible paths of the future, and shape the dynamics of their environment to their advantage. They anticipate the moves of other players and proactively incorporate those responses into their own plans. They have insight into the technology trajectories that will shape the future of their organization and actively participate in shaping those trajectories. They recognize how their organization’s existing identity, resources and practices both enable and constrain success and they conscientiously avoid becoming trapped by them. This program will draw on the latest ideas in strategy, innovation, and learning to take the concepts of strategic analysis and strategy formulation to a radically new level.