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7 Powers breaks fresh ground by constructing a comprehensive strategy toolset that is easy for you to learn, communicate, and quickly apply. Drawing on his decades of experience as a business strategy adviser, active equity investor and Stanford University teacher Hamilton Helmer develops from first principles a practical theory of strategy rooted in the notion of power, those conditions which create the potential for persistent differential returns. 

Using rich real-world examples, Helmer rigorously characterizes exactly what your business must achieve to create power. And create power it must, for without it your business is at risk. He explains why invention always comes first and then develops the Power Progression to enable you to target when your power must be established: in the origination, take-off, or stability phases of your business. Every business faces a do-or-die strategy moment: a crux directional choice made amidst swirling uncertainty. To get this right you need at your fingertips a real-time strategy compass to discern your true north. 7 Powers is that compass. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016 Hamilton W. Helmer (P)2019 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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"Simple but not simplistic," 7 Powers is powerful

Hamilton Helmer's 7 Powers is a must-listen for anyone whose career or interests include business strategy. The book introduces the economics of how a business may achieve superior returns over time, then unpacks the seven ways in which it is possible.

The book's concepts may be understood by just listening (Joel Richard's narration is very good), but 7 Powers also includes unusually rich supplemental material. The accompanying PDF contains visual material that strongly bolsters understanding of the 7 Powers. Kudos to Helmer and team for releasing the audio of this book for busy professionals and not skimping on the additional material that can be reviewed later to lock in the learnings.

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No sumplimentary PDF

The reader refers to sumplimentery PDF all the time, but there is no such PDF in the app. It makes the overall experience of the book just horrible.

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Excellent book!

What business strategy is really about!

The best book on strategy that is simple but not simplistic.

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Just okay for me

I heard about this one through the “Acquired” podcast. The hosts of that show regularly work Helmer’s “7 powers” into their discussions, so, after listening to several episodes, I felt I had to check this book out for myself.

In the end, I found it to be okay. The work is centered around seven ways that companies can create power (the ability to realize persistent and sustainable returns). I won’t spoil those seven subjects for you here, otherwise, I’d be giving away the bulk of the book.

And that brings to light my main complaint with this one: I didn’t feel as though there was a ton of substance to it besides learning what those seven powers were. Sure, I was still excited to find out about them, but the process of getting there was a bit uninspiring or surface-level at times.

What I did love was the more specific company breakdowns, such as those related to the rise of Netflix. Such stories provide much-needed application and help illustrate the seven powers quite well. However, those stories are lacking in number; I would've liked more of them.

For the reasons above, I’m not too sure I’d recommend this one. That’s not to say it’s a bad book, just that I think there’s more value to be had elsewhere, first.

-Brian Sachetta
Author of “Get Out of Your Head”

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  • 05-27-21

Must-Listen / Read for CEOs & founders

I find this book among the best since Jim Collins "Good to Great".

It's actionable, well thought out, rigorous.

I listen to a _lot_ of audio books while out biking, hiking, driving and don't often review. This, combined with Porter's 5 Forces, form a foundation for business strategy and forming a defensive moat, or attacking a much larger incumbent.

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Bit hard to follow as audiobook

The book more or less requires you to sit down with the pdf supplement for full ubderstanding.

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Too hard to track in audiobook form. Charts and formulas being described isn't very compelling. Read the analog book instead.

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Too many formulae

Too mathematical. Might be better in paperback as formulae difficult on audiobook. Generally helpful though