HBR's 10 Must Reads on Strategy

Narrated by: Paul McLain
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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HBR's 10 Must Reads series is the definitive collection of books for new and experienced leaders alike. Leaders looking for the inspiration that big ideas provide, both to accelerate their own growth and that of their companies, should look no further.

HBR's 10 Must Reads series focuses on the core topics that every ambitious manager needs to know: leadership, strategy, change, managing people, and managing yourself. Harvard Business Review has sorted through hundreds of articles and selected only the most essential ones on each topic. Each title includes timeless advice that will be relevant regardless of an ever-changing business environment.

Classic ideas, enduring advice, the best thinkers: HBR's 10 Must Reads.

Is your company spending too much time on strategy development - with too little to show for it?

If you listen to nothing else on strategy, you should at least hear these 10 articles. We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you catalyze your organization's strategy development and execution.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Strategy will inspire you to:

  • Distinguish your company from rivals
  • Clarify what your company will and won't do
  • Craft a vision for an uncertain future
  • Create blue oceans of uncontested market space
  • Use the Balanced Scorecard to measure your strategy
  • Capture your strategy in a memorable phrase
  • Make priorities explicit
  • Allocate resources early
  • Clarify decision rights for faster decision making
©2011 Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Insightful and helpful

My first audible. Great for the concepts, but difficult to follow without diagrams. Next time I would also purchase the book for reference.

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good content, but oddly repetitive at times

Quality articles, although somewhat dated. My main complaint is that the articles were oddly repetitive at times. I couldn't tell if this was the way they were written or there were issues with the audiobook itself. This mildly detracted from the overall experience.

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Good but essentially a textbook

This book is very informative and covers a lot of the same material we covered during my time in business school. As a result it’s like a textbook and is a very dry/stiff listen.

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Best Book on Strategy

This is the best book on strategy available. I wouldn’t waste time reading other books. Can’t wait to read the other 10 Must Reads.

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marvelous topic and narrator

loved it, it was informative and easy to grasp helped me to understand things about and around strategy I didn't know.

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#amazing set of articles around strategy

This is just an amazing set of articles around strategy. The first two from Michael Porter were tough ones, i could berely follow to a degree i was thinking to drop the book. I skipped the second article and moved on, and the rest of articels were amazing.. especially the ones related to vision, blue ocean strategy, execution, and the strategy principles. I would highly recommend this book for those with business backgound (either their own, or have been working for the past 5 years or so).

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  • 09-04-18

Enough Data to be interesting

Accompanied by a reference guide.

Pretty academic but awesome kernels scattered throughout. Activity system maps are fire!

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Really good material

It brings to you a really compete set of papers related to strategy. They make you think and question, and it's good for everyone.

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Great over view of strategy from multiple sources

Really enjoyed this series. very helpful, highly recommended for those creating strategy. liked the short sharp articles that were very insightful giving a very broad perspective. they helped me enormously.

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Repetitive and dated

Some of the books covered, and their ideas are good. But most of content is simplistic, based on traditional large corporations. A lot of it is rooted in 80s and 90s business practices. Too much focus on execution instead of pure strategy design

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  • Buyer1
  • 03-08-18

Interesting ideas but some repetitive

Examples are good but in some instances too repetitive and examples/ideas are rehashed. Too lengthy prose.

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  • MR S RAJ
  • 02-03-17

Repitition

Quite a bit of repitition, felt like I had accidentally clicked rewind on a number of occasions.

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  • Ryan Hollinshead
  • 05-19-20

Good to read.

Refreshed my memory of how to draw good strategies. I enjoyed the time spent listening to it.

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  • Katy
  • 03-16-19

Great content read a little dryly

This book has some truly amazing articles on Strategy, most of which I used in my HND Business Strategy Assignment (in Feb 2019) but the reader was very dry, almost monotone and it could have been taken in much better had there been more emotion and personality than how it has been delivered here. Very interesting content in most chapters, let down slightly by the voice. Having said that, it allowed me to take in content on the subject while I was at work doing my job and in the car driving, so you cannot fault the access it has allowed to making best use of my time. would recommend for a similar purpose.

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  • Temi Mogaji
  • 11-05-17

Must read

Good read but the last few chapters are just repeating itself with an different context and frame works.

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  • The Researcher
  • 04-25-18

Dated

Had to chuckle when it talked about Lotus Notes, when the book mentioned ‘recent’ in relation to 1995 I contacted audible for a refund. Good for those interested in development perhaps but things have come a long way since some of these articles were written. Narrator was also a little ‘flat’

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  • Thomas Shillingford
  • 07-30-19

Great insights - terrible narration

Thoroughly enjoyed the content of this Audible title, absolutely informative and mind enhancing. However, where it falls down is the narration, it’s robotic in places and the pace of the story telling is dodgy at best. I feel I need to seek out the printed version of this title to get a better comprehension of some of the detailed content.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-27-19

Terrific articles, dreadful narration

I was surprised to see that a person narrated the articles. The narration is so wooden and robotic that I was sure it was read out by a machine. I am still not convinced otherwise. The articles are outstanding, of course. In the end, I found the printed versions online because I valued the content, but the narration was unbearably bad and ruined the audiobook experience.