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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Schol, Print UK (1 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403986703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403986702
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,430,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Johan Roos' approach to strategizing elicits participants' enthusiasm and engages their imaginations in ways that elude traditional strategy practices. Although this approach cannot guarantee that the resulting strategies will succeed, it encourages people to devote their best efforts to strategizing.' - William H. Starbuck, Professor in Residence, University of Oregon, USA

'This book is important and relevant in several ways. First, it focuses on the need to develop imaginative, creative, and inspired strategies. This is much more than conventional analysis. Second, it argues convincingly for relatively simple strategies that a large cadre of executives in an organization can understand and get inspiration from. Third, it offers an abundance of good advice for 'how to do it'. A great book - and a must for executives and scholars alike.' - Dr Peter Lorange, The Nestlé Professor and President IMD, IMD, Switzerland

'The work of Johan Roos on strategy process is creative, innovative and insightful...[and] his concepts have been widely tested with corporate clients. I encourage you to read this insightful book.' - Professor Howard Thomas, Dean, Warwick Business School, UK

'In our business, we are requested every day to 'think the unthinkable' and challenge commonly accepted wisdom and limitations...We have used some of the techniques described in this book to successfully overcome routine and mental barriers in a creative, playful environment.' - Michel M. Liès, Member of the Executive Board, Swiss Re

'Mind expanding! Being successful in today's global competitive world requires 'out of the box' thinking and strategy. This book gives the leaders of today and tomorrow tools to break out of routines and use imagination, play and spontaneity to build organizations and businesses for the future. From personal experience with these ideas I know Thinking from Within has the potential to transform people, businesses and organizations.' - Jens Moberg, Vice President, Microsoft Cooperation

About the Author

JOHAN ROOS is the Director of Swiss-based Imagination Lab Foundation (www.imagilab.org). He was previously a Professor at IMD, Norwegian School of Management and affiliated with Wharton School and Stockholm School of Economics. An entrepreneur in academia, he is a prolific writer and consultant on a wide range of general management topics, and in particular innovative strategy practices.

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This is a great book about Lego Serious Play and why the process works. This is the book about the process, although it only mentions Lego once on page 77, and has lots of photos (in the hardback edition) of Lego being used in the facilitation process, there is no mention of Lego Serious Play. Nonetheless, this book explain how the process came into being, and why it works. Read it, understand it, and use the ideas. If they explained and admitted to being the developers of the Lego Serious Play process, then this would have been a five star review.
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Thinking from Within: A Hands-on Strategy Practice 30 Dec. 2013
By AJP - Published on Amazon.com
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When you pay $120 for a book (after $10 discount from Amazon) with 263 pages, you would expect something great. I must say I am not satisfied with the ROI. Yes! it has a number of interesting case studies but the content is more of academic documentation of practices and concepts. If you a Facilitator and expect some great models or ideas for your future training, you will be disappointed.
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Serious study of play in the workplace 20 Dec. 2007
By Rolf Dobelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This short, densely written book consists of chapters co-written by Swiss academic Johan Roos and his collaborators, who ignore hardly any aspect of play and imagination, detailing what philosophers, psychologists and others have said about these subjects. Their purpose is to demonstrate that the Enlightenment values of rationality and analytical precision have unbalanced managerial thinking - and how you can right the scales to create a flexible, innovative organization that reacts quickly to unpredictable situations. Unfortunately, so thorough is these professors' treatment of play that they take the fun out of it. A series of close-up photographs shows managers - mostly white men in shirts and ties - at play, or at least pointing at toys and models on a table. After seeing their stiff attitudes you won't be surprised to read case studies that demonstrate the difficulty of applying the ideas in the book. We recommend it to managers who need to loosen their ties, or scarves, a bit - but who wear them.
Excellent written, good stories clear analyses 10 Feb. 2015
By DerMLY - Published on Amazon.com
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The book of books! Excellent written, good stories clear analyses. Wonderful.
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