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Biography

Eric Best, President and founder of Best Partners SC Inc., is the inventor of “Syzygeist” and its sole author, wholly responsible for its content. He is an accomplished practitioner of scenario-based strategic planning and “rethinking” the business environment, its risks, and the strategic choices that businesses should be making. An avid and life-long sailor (see “The Captain’s Challenge”), he is a natural ally of CEOs trying to change enterprise direction or take over the helm from the previous CEO and chart a new course, (or affirm the old one.)

After 10 years as a global scenario strategist for Morgan Stanley, Eric founded Best Partners to help individuals and organizations clarify intention in the face of uncertainty. His current clients include a US investment bank, a Japanese commercial bank, several health-care innovators in bio-technology, a renewable energy fund, and a Europe-based global private equity fund. He also designs and moderates leadership meetings that stimulate and effect constructive change.

Before joining Morgan Stanley in 1996, Eric was part of the start-up group with Peter Schwartz who developed Global Business Network in the early 1990s into a preeminent scenario-based consultancy in the United States (now part of Monitor Group). Eric was a 1983-84 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He studied economics and international trade before completing his 20-year journalism career as a business and investigative editor for the San Francisco Examiner in 1989. A graduate student at Stanford University’s Writers' Program in fiction and literature in 1973-74, he holds B.A. in English from Hamilton College (’70) in New York. He is a member of the advisory board of the Tallberg Foundation (Sweden), which focuses on global business and governance issues. He is the author of a children’s book, “The Deep,” (available to blog readers on request.)