Businessman, Technologist, Marketer. Loves to learn and enjoys books. Mostly nonfiction plus historic novels.
This is a super interesting read (or listen). The book is very well written and very well read. It is enjoyable.
The stories are very inspirational. The message is crisp. The principles are valid and valuable. I just don't think it is a book that makes it easy to put them into practice. The stories are based on ultra successful people, some that started at the bottom, and how they rose to success - but there is little advice that one can get into practice at the end of the book.
It is not one of those books that leaves me with a dozen post-it notes and a couple action items. And yet, I have to recommend this book. It delivers on its promise of success hacking.
It is hard to dispute Michael Porter is the master of strategy theory.
For most, his books are dense and hard to read. not because they are poorly written, but because they intellectually profound and full of knowledge. Jon Magretta has succeeded in creating a 'Porter for the rest of us' that makes the teachings of Michael Porter accesible and easy to understand. It is not really 'Strategy for dummies' as the book assumes a good level of business acumen.
While I was already familiar with most of Michael Porter's thoughts I found this book to be entertaining and enlightening. This is not a book I want to listen to during my commute as it would make it impossible or dangerous to take notes. And I took plenty.
The book is well organized and well summarized. I particularly liked the summary at the end and and the FAQs.
Absolutely must read for anyone leading a business.
This is not a book about strategy or strategic models. Don't expect a conversation on what makes a good strategy, how to develop one or how to execute strategy.
Instead, Kirds of Strategy provides a well documented, very well narrated history of strategy consulting covering the origins of Bain, BCG, and how firms like McKenzie built their strategy consulting practices up to modern times.
It's fascinating to learn how much the discipline of strategic planning has evoilved in the past 50 years. It is easy to forget how green was the business world just a few decades ago.
The audiobook is always interesting, narrated well, and overall a good book.