Empowering Strategists: Breaking Free from the Strategy Trap with Ryan Hays

March 19, 2024

Melanie Johnson and Jenn Foster co-owners of Elite Online Publishing, interview Ryan Hays, the author of “Strategist First: How to Defeat the Strategy Trap”. They dive into the importance of strategists in organizations and the common pitfalls of only focusing on strategy. Ryan shares his expertise from his work in higher education and his experiences with prestigious colleges like Stanford and Princeton.

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What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • The Strategy Trap

  • Implementing Strategy

  • Innovation and Strategy


“Entrepreneurs, just roll up their sleeves and they do the work, and they judge themselves by one thing and one thing only. Are you effective or are you ineffective?” (05:03)

“Only 2.5 of the ten out of ten people could name three of five strategies, right? So think about that. Only 2.5 out of ten people could name three of five. Four of ten people couldn’t name a single one.” (10:10)

“And they’re like, well, I just need them to be much more strategic in their thinking and their behavior and their approach. And then I always follow up with the question, well, what are you doing to help that along? Right? And the answer was always like, well, tell them that. And I was like, okay, that’s good, but what are you showing them?” (15:10)

About Ryan Hays:

Ryan Hays has been doing strategy work for more than two decades at some of the nation’s leading academic institutions, including Dartmouth, Emory and Princeton. During this time, he has provided strategic counsel to multiple university presidents and governing boards and coauthored several strategic plans. He currently serves as executive vice president and chief innovation and strategy officer at the University of Cincinnati.

Hays received a BA from DePauw University and a PhD in psychoanalytic studies and postmodern theory from Emory University. His dissertation on Sigmund Freud has ranked among the top 25 Most-Accessed Dissertations and Theses on ProQuest, an electronic library of more than 2 million dissertations and theses.

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