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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)

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    Joey 08-18-17
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    "Good but too many stories"

    I thought it was good. I wish he was talk about more strategy. Still good

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    Ryan Laroche 08-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Smart Read"

    Great informational read. It drags along in the details at times but I would highly recommend it.

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    Anonymous 07-22-17
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    "A bit dull & repetitive"

    The writing is a bit dry, which makes it hard to stay focused while I'm listening.

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    neil 07-19-17
    neil 07-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Want to know more about how things work? Read this"

    The narrative is a bit dry, but I was amazed at how relevant the case studies referenced were to everyday life. This book also highlighted why there are so many things that have happened in the corporate and regulated arenas that may not have gone as planned and why organizations weren't able to adapt. This book doesn't teach strategy but it does show countless examples of why it's so important to think before you look to leap.

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    MyDerrick 05-04-17
    MyDerrick 05-04-17
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    "Listened a lot of times"

    I have listened to this audiobook a lot of times and I'm thinking of buying the actual book.
    The examples and discussions are eye opening and makes you rethink strategy.

    Compared to my own experience I see a lot of holes and biases that needs constant monitoring.

    Highly recommend this audiobook.

    MD

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    Andres Lafe New York, NY United States 04-21-17
    Andres Lafe New York, NY United States 04-21-17
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    "Great insight. Sound common sense."

    great book. well thought out with strong and compelling examples. not only does he provide useful tools to strategy, he also helps readers understand some of their own fallacies of thought and management. Highly Recommend!

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    Colleen E. Hamilton Seattle, WA USA 04-17-17
    Colleen E. Hamilton Seattle, WA USA 04-17-17 Member Since 2010
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    "an exceptionally good read"

    I can't remember the last time i enjoyed a non-fiction book so much. dense with learnings, well-written, and compelling, about a subject which impacts all our daily lives, I've been recommending this book to all my family and coworkers.

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    Noopur s 03-22-17
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    "A very convincing argument about strategy being the key factor in the success or failure of businesses."

    A very convincing argument about strategy being the key factor in the success or failure of businesses. Motivation, grit to succeed, leadership all become fluff if not backed by an effective strategy that can give you the upper hand.

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    Amazon Customer san diego, ca United States 03-22-17
    Amazon Customer san diego, ca United States 03-22-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow. My new guide. So many businesses don't this."

    Great lesson. I bought the paper book version after I listened so I could break it down for further review.

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    Yaron Schwalb 03-20-17
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    "excellent book for starting to pondering strategy"

    simplicity and clarity on framing strategy development discussion and analysis. helps keep the investigation in check

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  • Zulfiqar H.
    8/10/15
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    "excellent in depth strategy book"

    This book is for the serious strategy practitioner. excellent stories and business case histories. depth of knowledge of strategy and breadth of topics covered is impressive. well narrated and interesting

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  • Brian
    Camberwell, Australia
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    "Insight, crisply delivered"

    This should be mandatory reading for anyone tasked with developing a strategy. The writing is crisp and beautifully nails the key points without needing hyperbole. Template-driven strategy is swiftly disposed of, showing most so-called strategies to be the vacuous fluff that they are. The narration is clear and well paced.

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    "The best audiobook on strategy "

    Richard Rumelt dismisses much supposed strategy (generally wishful thinking or merely operational efficiencies) in his inimitable style.

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    KENT, United Kingdom
    2/17/14
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    "Engaging"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Good Strategy/Bad Strategy to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed listening to this book the narration is good and the book is well laid out covering a lot of topics in an accessible style with good real world examples and the authors own experience/style as a lecturer - I wouldn't have had the time to read the book. Some of the topics/chapters are quite deep and i found difficult to comprhend compared to the book version, but will probably by a copy of the book to dip into and revisit some of the chapters to gain a more thorough understanding.


    What other book might you compare Good Strategy/Bad Strategy to, and why?

    The style and depth of knowledge I found similar to The effective executive, by Peter Drucker. This book is similar to Drucker that I feel you could re-read and gain a different insite or perspective each time.


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  • Andrew
    Bordon, United Kingdom
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    "Excellent: interesting and insightful"
    What made the experience of listening to Good Strategy/Bad Strategy the most enjoyable?

    The clear expertise of the author, and his combination of theoretical information with practical, real-world examples.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This wasn't a story, but the book did contain many stories of companies and organisations implementing strategies in good ways and bad. This made it clear what the benefits were of understanding the process of creating a strategy and implementing it consistently


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was able to lend gravitas and authority in keeping with that of the author.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not applicable


    Any additional comments?

    I particularly found it interesting at the various points when the author described teaching seminars on strategy. As someone who has never done an MBA, it felt like I was gaining a small part of one by being able to look in on seminars run by a great tutor.

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  • ReviewerA
    Ireland
    12/12/13
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    "Suprisingly good and intresting!"
    If you could sum up Good Strategy/Bad Strategy in three words, what would they be?

    fact based, lots of data, good analysis


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    Any additional comments?

    Great book. A lot of real life examples that demonstrate good and bad strategies of different organizations and the outcomes. Easy to listen to and interesting. Helps one to see how some huge undertakings completely lacks the reason despite millions of dollars behind them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    United Kingdom
    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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  • Andrei Berechet
    New York
    7/3/17
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    "half baked, general and arrogant"

    To Rumelt strategy = doing. If you do something good then good strategy, if you do something bad, bad strategy. This type of extrapolation makes sense to the same extent extrapolating sugar to being food makes sense. But then what do you do, write a book about sugar or write a book about food? Not to mention the arrogance and poor argumentation.

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  • Adam
    11/20/16
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    "Insightful read, with some great anecdotes"

    Good Strategy, Bad Strategy is a great read. Our strategy manager describes it as "the strategy bible". The anecdotes are incredible and very insightful. Further, the book describes bad strategy incredibly well.

    Where I believe this book can be improved is describing what good strategy is in more detail and building on the technical elements. Also, there was many figures which back up the arguments. This is great however the main point of the argument is lost on the reader whilst you attempt to understand the barrage of figures you are presented with.

    On the whole, this book is a MUST read for anyone wanting to think strategically. I will be applying this to all elements of my life not just in business. 10/10, would bang.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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