What Our Clients Say...

I've worked in large Fortune 100 companies and startups; I've been a functional leader and I've been the CEO. In a startup and as a CEO, it's up to you to make the difficult decisions, but even CEOs need guidance. As most leaders can attest, it is critical to have trusted colleagues and advisors that you can bounce ideas off of or seek counsel from. Patrick provided executive coaching and insights on a number of topics – when I needed it. For that, I am grateful.
Lisa Lavin, CEO Anser Innovation

Patrick was invaluable to me as I embarked on my startup company. Working with Patrick was equal parts consulting and executive coaching which is really what I wanted at this point. He listened, then identified 4 distinct areas to focus on and together, we got right to work. The results exceeded my immediate needs and they continue to add value today as I'm executing the strategy.
David A. Seibert, President, Sequoia Vantage

Patrick has served as highly-valued advisor to IMA's Innovation Council. He helped us recognize that success can range from incremental to breakthrough, and we don't always need to achieve a "home run." We are very grateful for his advice on how we can involve our members in crowdsourcing. Patrick is very creative, down-to-earth, and a pleasure to work with.
Doreen Remmen, CMA, CAE Senior VP Operations and CFO, Institute of Management Accountants

Patrick is a talented consultant Vail Place has enjoyed working with year after year. He led several instrumental sessions to facilitate and enhance our strategic planning process; these sessions were fresh and unorthodox in the best possible way. Staff and members of our organization loved working with him and felt his style was inclusive, enjoyable and effective. Thanks to Patrick, Vail Place has a strategic plan that is relevant and useful—and does more than sit in a drawer gathering dust!
Vicky Couillard, Executive Director, Vail Place

Praise for
Advancing Innovation; Galvanizing, Enabling and Measuring for Innovation Value!

Patrick Stroh is 100% correct in his assertion that ‘Innovation is hard work and perseverance - it's not for the faint of heart.’  His blueprint for Advancing Innovation is invaluable for those who have the heart and soul for taking risks and raising innovation value.”
—Harvey Mackay, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive

Simply competing just won't cut it anymore. This book gives us the guidance to move to that next level with confidence- innovation. Not easy, but it's essential to success in our faster than ever paced world. Thanks to Patrick and one of our COSO sponsoring organizations, the IMA, for getting the dialogue going and giving us some practical examples on how to get started on the innovation journey. This book is just chock full of ideas and tools to help you drive innovation in your organization. Read it and identify your three gold nuggets as foundational elements of your innovation strategy.” —Robert B. Hirth, Jr., Chairman, Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO)

在保持企业的可持续发展和引领创新方面,CFO如何更好地发挥洞察力和远见力,并在组织中创造价值形成持续的影响力? Patrick Stroh先生的Advancing Innovation一书会告诉你答案!”
"In the aspect of maintaining sustainable development and leading innovation, how could CFO better demonstrate the insight and foresight, and to create value and exert sustained influence in an organization? Mr. Patrick Stroh's book of Advancing Innovation will tell you the answer!"
—Ms Lixia TAN, 谭丽霞, Senior VP and CFO of Haier Group

This book in many ways is the first of its kind, dare I say “innovative”, in that it goes way beyond the abstract to the practical, from the desire to innovate to the capability to innovate for sustainable competitive advantage and growth.  The emphasis of this book is unique, focusing on innovation enablement, governance, measurement and the role of the CFO team.  Most organizations face the triple crown threat of competition, consolidation and commoditization, and Advancing Innovation provides real-world implementation advice from someone who has actually done it with success.”
—Jeffrey C. Thomson, CMA, CAE, President and CEO, Institute of Management Accountants

“Advancing Innovation” does a fantastic job of wrapping a strategic lens around innovation and linking it to solid governance. {It} plants the seeds to help decision makers get a grip on how innovation takes shape, feeds into strategy, and ultimately, value creation.
—Sandra B. Richtermeyer, PhD, CMA, CPA Associate Dean, Williams College of Business at Xavier University

As someone actively working with business leaders to define and solve their business problems for the past 35 years, what I like most about Patrick Stroh’s book, Advancing Innovation, is its focus on linking innovation to value creation. This is not just a book of traditional activities of ideation, brainstorming or prototyping. This is a book for practitioners.  For those who have to make things happen.  For those businesses  searching for a proven process that leads to real business value. I highly recommend you dig in and use the templates and methodologies to reap the real rewards of innovation. -John R Childress, Senior advisor on corporate culture and strategy execution and Visiting Professor, IE Business School, Madrid

Innovation can be complicated, messy, and hard to define. This book gives you what you need to make innovation happen and to engage the human beings who do the Innovation work"
—John Sweeney, Owner of the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theater and Author of the bestselling “The Innovative Mindset”

Thank you, Patrick, for writing such a clear and concise roadmap for how corporate finance can add tremendous value in a non-traditional way – through innovation. Yes, finance can and should play in that arena, and this book provides important insights and a simple framework for approaching this goal. It’s a quick and compelling read on a subject that grows more important by the day.”
—John Kogan, President & CEO, Proformative, Inc.

Praise for
Business Strategy: Plan, Execute, Win!

I wholeheartedly agree with Patrick Stroh: Good leaders understand strategy and good strategists need to be good leaders. Make this book a strategic tool for improving your business strategy.
—Harvey Mackay, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive

Oh no, yet another book on strategy, you say?! As a former CFO and now CEO of a multinational company, I can say this is a must read since we all agree that executing strategies is MUCH harder than developing strategies. What is different? Stroh has seen it all at many levels of the C-suite, and I strongly encourage aspiring C-suiters to carefully study his 10 universal truths of successful strategy execution that build on business, reality TV, Hollywood movies, and even agriculture analogies!
—Jeff Thomson, CMA, CAE, President and CEO, IMA (Institute of Management Accountants)

Patrick was my chief strategy and innovation officer during a time of growth and change across healthcare. He is a very thoughtful and strategic leader with real-world insights.
—Jacqueline Kosecoff, PhD, Moriah Partners and former CEO of OptumRx

Finally, strategy made real. Unlike academics who describe strategy in a way that will never work in real life, Patrick Stroh guides you through a concise, realistic path to strategic planning and execution. Only a true practitioner can produce a book about strategy that can be immediately applied to your business. Real strategy guidance for real businesses.
—Lior Arussy, President, Strativity Group; Author of five books, including Customer Experience Strategy

Patrick has taken on the often complex topic of strategy and delivered a useful set of insights in a clear, easy to get your head around format and tone. His approach and style allows you to make quick and practical applications to real business needs and real business solutions. A great read!
—John Sweeney, Owner, Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre; Author of Innovation at the Speed of Laughter

Discontinuities in a fastly emerging business ecosystem make this book an engaging and effective resource for strategic thinkers, leaders, and students, but a MUST read for those struggling to build a strategic paradigm for their team to align around and drive the future success of their firm with practical advice and useful tools.
—James Hansen, Chairman, JAMF Software; Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas

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