Beyond Default

Setting Your Organization on a Trajectory to an Improved Future

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
256 Pages
Reviewed on 10/12/2017
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Author Biography

In 2010, authors David Trafford and Peter Boggis co-founded the London-based management consultancy firm Formicio, which provides organizations thought leadership and partnership on all aspects of assessing, developing, and operationalizing strategy.

David Trafford is an experienced consultant, mentor, and executive who over the past 30 years has developed the skills and insights needed to help individuals, teams, and boards deliver successful change, specifically technology-enabled transformation. Increasingly, his focus has been on organizations that either aim to create a truly digital business, or to make their existing business more digitally enabled.

Peter Boggis has over 25 years’ experience of helping major corporations transform their business and IT operating models for increased business value. In particular, he specializes in helping clients to build innovation, collaboration, and portfolio management capabilities as a source of increased organizational strength.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite

Beyond Default: Setting Your Organization on a Trajectory to an Improved Future by David Trafford and Peter Boggis is a non-fiction business book on strategic management. Beyond Default is written for companies and organizations of any size, large or small, to enable them to assess their current strategy, and then develop and execute a modified or new strategy according to their specific vision for their company. The book is organized into several chapters that discuss the specific ways an organization can learn what their “default” state is and where they are currently heading, and then look at various alternatives that can lead them onto different paths and how to make strategic changes in the organization accordingly. There is a list of questions at the end of each chapter, along with a detailed list of references and an index at the end of the book.

Beyond Default: Setting Your Organization on a Trajectory to an Improved Future is meant for leaders who are managing the strategic direction of the company. There are plenty of real world examples throughout the book that discuss various business models among other things and that allow leaders to gain different perspectives in order to choose the best path for their organization. They can then start making strategic changes in their companies today to see the desired outcome in the future. The writing and content of this book is excellent, but perhaps the formatting could be a bit different so that the case study examples stand out and can be easily searched for in the book. Still, overall, this is an excellent book for leaders and business executives.