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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Bookshaker (16 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905430973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905430970
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 880,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Liao is a social networking pioneer, philanthropist, entrepreneur and the co-founder of www.xing.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Jeffries on 4 Feb. 2010
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Inspiring books deserve fulsome praise!

If I had to describe Stone Soup in just 2 words - I would say 'holistic business'. Through a very readable combination of fable reminiscent of Paulo Coelho interspersed with experiences and comments by the author - successful businessman and philanthropist Bill Liao - we are shown complex business problems that have surprisingly simple solutions that we can all incorporate into many or even all aspects of our lives with potentially world-changing benefits.

Not least, through the adventures of the heroine of Stone Soup we have a clear illustration of how by working together, we can all profit in a multitude of ways. I was first introduced to the concepts of win/win and the value of interdependency through reading Stephen R. Covey's Book - 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People' - concepts which seemed hugely sensible to me and yet seemed strangely lacking in my workplace!! In Stone Soup we are shown how we can incorporate simple strategies to overcome what may seem to be great difficulties.

More than this, there is the idea that if business achieves a balance then a lot of the world's problems could be solved. Bill Liao does not portray any doomsday scenarios in his book, he merely states that he is not inspired by profit alone, but also has more altruistic goals. I found this totally inspiring and hope that this idea is taken up by a great many businesses and individuals who together can bring about much-needed change. As a result of reading this book, I think it is possible that we can all play a part in helping to create a healthier and happier society locally, nationally and internationally.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Breslin on 22 Feb. 2010
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This is a wonderful book which reminds of all of the fundamental truth that it is very difficult to achieve anything really significant alone, but by emotionally connecting with others and working together, extraordinary things can be achieved. Bill's writing style is unconventional but it is authentic - this comes from a man who has achieved extraordinary things in his life by connecting with, inspiring and working with others. I was inspired by this book and I will carry it and its messages with me for a very long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judith Ower on 2 Jan. 2010
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Stone Soup is a definite must read for 2010 for anyone wanting to succeed in what they do, their dreams and their goals. Bill's writing style is engaging, entertaining and informative and a book you wont want to put down. He pulls together his experiences and tips for success in an out-the-box way of thinking, getting readers to see above and beyond their current vision and strive beyond what you perceive as your potential. Bill's anecdotes and real life experience makes you realise that every conversation, and every person you meet is an opportunity to better yourself, and them, and help you strive closer to your goals. The main take away from this book is collaboration and participation is key. I highly recommended this book to all who want success and it is definitely one I will be recommend to my networks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Cleary on 10 Jan. 2010
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I read a lot of business books and this is by far the best business book I've read in years. I sat down on Saturday to read it and couldn't put the book down (which is unusual for me). If you're starting 2010 with a new business or you feel your existing business needs to improve buy this book. It's not just a good read, it's an extremely valuable resource for improving profitabily of your business.
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Bill Liao is a true original.
He has taken the philosophy of the internet - the free sharing of knowledge - and created something parallel in the practice of business. What drives him is the chance of empowering other people. And he has pursued this governing credo with great success. Stone Soup shows just why he is a business leader to look out for, one who business writers will look back on in 50 or 60 years as a catalyst for change at the beginning of the 21st century.
In this accessible introduction to his philosophy, Bill Liao shows how, and why, ventures flourish through shared endeavour. The narrative is carried forward by the gradual assembling of the recipe for Stone Soup, in which many parties add different elements to an initially unpromising base ingredient to make a collaborative, and nourishing, dish. This use of timeless parable and an engaging storytelling voice are reminiscent of Paulo Coelho, as has been pointed out elsewhere. Yet there is no wishful thinking on show here. There are instead unflinching case studies from Bill Liao's own experience and some firm principles.
- Disruptive, or negative, influences need to be identified and removed if any venture is to flourish.
- Any decisions taken under the influence of fear or greed are bound to be flawed decisions.
- And, most importantly, all business leaders are judged, in the end, on their integrity. They, and the success of their ventures, stand or fall on their ability to keep their word.
There are plenty of moments in Stone Soup that made me cry out in recognition, plenty that would shame any open-minded business leader into rethinking everything they do.
I studied Stone Soup immediately after reading Jessica Pryce-Jones's no less revelatory Happiness at Work.
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