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Good Strategy/Bad Strategy Audiobook
Good Strategy/Bad Strategy
Written by: 
Richard P. Rumelt
Narrated by: 
Sean Runnette
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Good Strategy/Bad Strategy Audiobook

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters

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Publisher's Summary

Developing and implementing a strategy is the central task of a leader, whether the CEO at a Fortune 100 company, an entrepreneur, a church pastor, the head of a school, or a government official. Richard Rumelt argues that the heart of a good strategy is insight - into the true nature of the situation, into the hidden power in a situation, and into an appropriate response. He shows you how insight can be cultivated with a wide variety of tools for guiding your own thinking.

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy integrates fascinating examples from business, nonprofit, and military affairs to bring its original ideas to life: From Apple to General Motors, from the two Iraq wars to Afghanistan, from a small local market to Wal-Mart, from the Getty Trust to the Los Angeles Unified School District, from Global Crossing to the 2007-08 financial crisis, and many more. The abundance of business-ready insights offered by Rumelt stem from his decades of digging beyond the superficial to address hard questions with honesty and integrity.

©2012 Original material © 2011 by Richard Rumelt. Recorded by arrangement with Crown Business, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. (P)2012 (p) 2012 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

“Refreshing...clear...elegant.... If you want to make strategy, you will need...this book.” (Walter Kiechel, author of The Lords of Strategy)

“Brilliant...a milestone in both the theory and practice of strategy.” (John Stopford, Emeritus Professor, London Business School)

"Drawing on a wealth of examples, Rumelt identifies the critical features that distinguish powerful strategies from wimpy ones—and offers a cache of advice on how to build a strategy that is actually worthy of the name. If you're certain your company is already poised to out-perform its rivals and out-run the future, don't buy this book. If, on the other hand, you have a sliver of doubt, pick it up pronto!” (Gary Hamel, co-author of Competing for the Future)

What Members Say

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    Brenden 03-28-16
    Brenden 03-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "What a great audible book on Strategy!"

    I found the way strategy was broken down and reconstructed was really good. This is my first business audio book I've listened to and really enjoyed it.

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    Amazon Customer 06-09-15
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    "Excellent book"

    Great book about strategy. It approaches strategy as a whole, not just as competitive strategy. Strategy finally defined.

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    Tom 06-05-15
    Tom 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good information"

    Very clear message. I was left with a good understanding of how a proper strategy is formed and carried out. I would love to see some kind of workbook on strategy development as it seems some guided practice could have great benefit.

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    Jesse J. Gardona 05-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent audio book, clear, concise and factual. "

    factual audio book with excellent presentation. Covers numerous strategic insights into strategies and how to implement objectives to achieve success. it covers so many topics that I had to listen to it 4 to 5 times. excellent book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ando 04-08-15
    Ando 04-08-15
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    "Für eine praktische Herangehensweise sehr gut!"

    Eignet sich für Praktiker die direkt loslegen wollen. Der Autor teilt viele Erfahrungen und stellt klar welche Rolle Berater haben.

    Das Buch hat mir sehr geholfen zu verstehen warum meine Vorlesungen zum Thema Strategie so sind wie sie sind.

    Ich würde es wieder kaufen!

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    Edward Holder San Antonio, TX 03-05-15
    Edward Holder San Antonio, TX 03-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good overall"

    Great examples with constant feedback throughout book and revisits of failures was the best lesson I feel in this book

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    mark 02-21-15
    mark 02-21-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Outstanding!!"

    Great examples of strategic thinking and how to think and test your thinking. The narrator did a great job. I highly recommend this book.

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    Dawn 02-09-15
    Dawn 02-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This is not a how to book."

    The book never really tells you the HOW, it provides the reader pieces backed by long examples. Shorten the book to 1hour and well worth it.

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    Henric 10-05-14
    Henric 10-05-14
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    "Love it."
    Would you listen to Good Strategy/Bad Strategy again? Why?

    I've listened to it twice. Excellent, at least for a strategy novice as myself. Pinpoints the problem in my own organization and will guide me in how to develop our strategy to a REAL strategy (which I realize that we don't have after listening to this book).


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    Ray 05-11-14
    Ray 05-11-14
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    "Move this to the top of your wish list"
    What did you love best about Good Strategy/Bad Strategy?

    Richard Rumelt pulls no punches as he exposes case after case of poor (read no) strategy in both companies we do and don't know. He then highlights some stand out strategy cases but without confining himself to just the old Apple and Walmart scenarios. A must read for anyone after more than just motivation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It untangles some seemingly very complicated strategies into building blocks. No claim here that it is easy, but definitely doable.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    I found the narration quite easy to listen to. He sounded like he was the author.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favour. Get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Neil
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    12/9/13
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    "Good book/Bad book"

    This is a great book about the creation, implementation and consistency required to bring good strategy to life. It is also a slightly boring book full of MBA case studies which I felt could have been trimmed.

    Rumelt has written a serious account of strategy which is more thoughtful and academic than many of the guru books which are available. He is an expert in his field and this book is hard to fault. My preference was for his thoughts on strategy creation rather than the case studies he used to support his views.

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  • Mr
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    4/13/13
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    "Food for the Brain"

    Strategy can be an absolute brain bender and so easy to get wrong. This book through examples and the authors excellent understanding helps you to get to grips with it and to the real essence of strategy. As the title suggests it provides examples of both good and bad and what we often think of as strategy is actually just fluff and a list of objectives. I would highly recommend this book to anyone involved with strategy or anyone infact involved with business.

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  • Devarshi Kapadia
    11/28/14
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    "Great book, very nicely narrated"
    What made the experience of listening to Good Strategy/Bad Strategy the most enjoyable?

    Having listen to Richard Rumelt online, it was kind of little weird listening to his words spoken by Sean. As it moved on, Sean did manage to get a good rapport of making his speech close to how Richard would have spoken. Thoroughly enjoyed.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    10/17/14
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    "Good content, heavy on tech strategy"
    Would you listen to Good Strategy/Bad Strategy again? Why?

    Yes - really useful content on good and bad strategy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    OK


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Good strategy content but gets heavy on tech industry strategy in the second half.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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