Alexander the Great's Art of Strategy
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In Alexander the Great's Art of Strategy, Partha Bose, one of the world's leading experts on business strategy, gives fresh insight into Alexander's leadership and legacy, and shows how you can use the secrets of his success to conquer today's challenges, as successful executives, politicians, and generals have.
Blending insights from his years of experience in the business world with his lifelong study of Alexander, Bose interweaves a gripping biography with compelling analyses of contemporary case studies of successful corporations that have applied Alexander's lessons to their business, including Dell, General Electric, Wal-Mart, and the Washington Post company. This is a provocative and invaluable audiobook for leaders everywhere.
"As inspirational reading for the managerial class...this book fits the bill." (The Wall Street Journal)
What members say
By G Barth on 05-16-04
I am always suspicious of business audiobooks masquerading as history lessons. This one does not always succeed but it does work on many levels. This offers a wonderful introduction to Alexander, the power of Macedonia and complex history of Greece. Time and again you come away amazed at Alexander's insight, skill, courage--and yes, brutality. The strategic lessons ARE valuable, but can they be traced to Alexander? Do they translate to busness settings? Only in the broadest sense. Still, this is well narrated and fascinating history. The author does draw parallels with current business situations which, at the least, add to the richness of this valuable audio selection.
7 people found this helpful
By Carl on 08-16-05
Painful content, stretched parallels
I thought this would provide a good history of Alexander, insight to his thinking, and then provide direction on how you could use similar thinking in today's business world. Unfortunately, although it provides a historical account, the parallels between his accomplishments and today's business worlds are stretched to the maximum. At one point Alexander is compared to a "rock star", which isn't all that insightful. As I listened, I got the impression that the author just reached out to any business examples, and found a way to tie them together. In essence, it's like search engine results. Businesses don't conquer through war, and anybody who thinks they can run a successful business based on lessons learned through military conflicts isn't running a respectful business.
The parallels were almost circular. History of Alexander were provided, then a company was picked (seemingly at random), and then the author explained how that company's strategies are similar to Alexanders. I expected direction on how I could use similar strategies today. Instead, I got examples of things that companies did in the past. History teaching history...
I learned nothing new from this. It was a painful listen, and the narrator's voice was annoyingly boring -- too soft spoken, and too song-like. The narrator would be good for a TV voice-over of a similar show...but without the visuals, it just falls flat.
7 people found this helpful
By Gerardo A Dada on 09-17-14
Insightful and Enjoyable
There is no doubt Alexander the Great is one of the most important leaders and strategists and that he had tremendous influence in shaping the world where we live today.
This audio book does a great job of providing a detailed, but always interesting account of his life, accomplishments and legacy. Even though it is audio, the description of the battles and the strategies followed are clear and incredibly interesting.
The author provides a fantastic summary of Alexander's strategy and legacy. The author's commentary about how it relates to corporate strategy is sparse and not very effective. Which makes this a poor book on strategy but a wonderful book on history and the legacy of Alexander the Great. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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By Vagabonder on 08-21-04
The lessons about business aren't profound but are nevertheless interesting. It's a great way to approach the subject matter - by seguaing, now and then, to how Alenxander's tactics relate to business. The narration is superb and overall the program is thoroughly 'listenable'.
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By Keval on 07-12-04
Strategy and History
This is a wonderfully written and narrated book. It gives one great insight into the mind, and the revolutionary ideas of Alexander The Great. You get an idea how Alexander dealt with people which was the source of his great success. The strategies he employed were brilliant, and the author sites excellent examples in modern day business where these strategies are used to great effect. Definately worth a listen to.
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By Ishraf on 03-05-17
Lessons for succeeding,from the greatest conqueror
Very well written book, thoughtful, analytical and highly relevant to today's corporate environment. the point of reading history is not to just read for the sake of it, but to derive from it knowledge that will be beneficial for you and your life's environment.
The narration is brilliant.
By Sam on 10-17-12
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Enjoyed the book thoroughly. A good, brief, history of Alexander with good detail on some of his greatest battles.
I disagree with some of the commentators that the parallels were overly stretched. I think the author conveyed some lessons of Alexander well to modern business.
The only criticism I have is that the author did not chronologically go through the campaigns of Alexander. It was a bit confusing in that regard.
By SV on 03-26-10
Solid History, Tenuous Connections
A captivating and quick jaunt through the life and expansion of the Mecedonian empire at the hands of Alexander. The parallels drawn to modern leadership outside of warfare are tenuous, but thought provoking at a minimum. Having not studied Greek history in a long time, I enjoyed the work and the narrators tempo and style. Worth the investment of time if you have interest in the period of the person.