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
“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)
This is a superb treatment of a topic that too many businesses, and way too many consultants and academics fill with fluff and buzz-words.
If you feel that "if you conceive it, and believe it, you'll achieve it" --- this book is probably your cup of tea. However, if you value actual performance over platitudes, and are willing to do the mental work to assure success, then invest in this book!
I liked the audio version so well I will be buying the paper version to use as a reference.
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!
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).
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.
It untangles some seemingly very complicated strategies into building blocks. No claim here that it is easy, but definitely doable.
I found the narration quite easy to listen to. He sounded like he was the author.
Do yourself a favour. Get it.
I really enjoyed the rant on bad strategy
Loved it. I would love to meet the author and take one of his classes.
The print version does put perspective that the audio book doesn't, but this is true with all audio books - the limitations of being able to visualize lists and paragraph structure
Lectures by Olivier Fourcadet, a divine professor of Competitive Strategy who seriously put perspective on such a profound topic
Long train running
Not a suitable question for a non fiction title
The book was a good take on strategy. It has a lot of academic thought put into it which helps one move from the classroom to the boardroom. However, I didn't agree with some of the perspectives put in the book - it leaves one no room to either listen to self perception or market perception of an idea. Was confused on that particular point.
don't know. Haven't done the print version
don't know as I don't know what he has done
This was not a novel, so this is an irrelevant question
again wrong question
You need to differentiate the questions for a business book and a novel. They are totally different
"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.
"Great book, very nicely narrated"
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.
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