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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent novel-come-textbook from Eliyahu Goldratt
If you've read "The Goal" by the same author, you must follow it by reading this book, its direct sequel. If you haven't, read "The Goal", then move straight onto "It's Not Luck". Heavier going than "The Goal", it makes just as much sense, and will blow your mind even more. Another MUST for anyone with any interest in management...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alex Rogo and His Team to the Rescue Again!
It's Not Luck is the sequel to Eliyahu Goldratt's great business novel, The Goal. After their success in The Goal, Alex and his team have all been promoted into the key positions in the faltering Diversified Businesses group in their conglomerate. The whole company is faltering, and great pressure is put on Alex and the team to turn their businesses around. The story...
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent novel-come-textbook from Eliyahu Goldratt, 9 Jun 1999
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This review is from: It's Not Luck (Paperback)
If you've read "The Goal" by the same author, you must follow it by reading this book, its direct sequel. If you haven't, read "The Goal", then move straight onto "It's Not Luck". Heavier going than "The Goal", it makes just as much sense, and will blow your mind even more. Another MUST for anyone with any interest in management techniques.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alex Rogo and His Team to the Rescue Again!, 12 May 2004
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 124,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: It's Not Luck (Paperback)
It's Not Luck is the sequel to Eliyahu Goldratt's great business novel, The Goal. After their success in The Goal, Alex and his team have all been promoted into the key positions in the faltering Diversified Businesses group in their conglomerate. The whole company is faltering, and great pressure is put on Alex and the team to turn their businesses around. The story emphasizes the Thinking Processes from The Goal, and the importance of using them in business and in personal life. The problems addressed are primarily ones of (1) tailoring the bundle of business product and service offerings for customers in ways that create profit margin advantages across the business (2) by building on benefits from adding value for customers in improved ways and (3) creating these advances in ways that competitors cannot easily duplicate. The examples include a printing business for packaging, a beauty salon products business, and providing a service and parts intensive product.
The book's main story is interesting, and will keep you turning the pages. If you only read this as a novel about the caring manager and parent as a hero, you will find this to be a five star book.
If you want the book to help you learn new methods, you will find it not too beneficial. The examples are developed at such a level of generality that you will probably learn little from them. I graded the book down two stars for this weakness. Most readers won't know any more about how to create advantaged business models at the end of the book than they did at the beginning, except that they are to remember to apply the lessons from The Goal to all of their businesses.
The concepts that the book suggests are all perfectly valid and helpful ones. The first notion is to think of your customer and yourself as one entity. How can the two entities be combined in order to create the most value for both? The second notion is to then think about combining your business with acquisitions or being acquired by others so that the new business model can be applied to all these enterprises. I hope you do learn how to develop these commendable ideas.
After you finish reading this book, I suggest that you think about all of the ways that current measurements in your business cause you to optimize the performance of parts of your enterprise rather than the whole business and that of your customers. If you can locate those flaws, you can then begin to change the measurements to become those that reward the correct enterprise-customer optimization goal. The rest of the benefits will tend to flow from making that change, even if you never become very good at using the Thinking Process described in this book. Self-interest can take you a long way.
Become truly symbiotic with your customers in ways that enhance vitality for all!
And don't be afraid to think about how to include employees, suppliers, shareholders, and the communities you serve in this consideration of optimization!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough in marketing & decision making analysis, 4 April 1999
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This review is from: It's Not Luck (Paperback)
Following on from the Goal this is a book that will require revisiting numerous times and each time will reveal more and give deeper insight into management. 'It's Not Luck' performs the first accesible value / sales analysis showing marketeers how to asses their offerings in such away as to maximize potential returns. This is coupled with Goldratt's analysis technique 'Breaking the cloud'. Which is just as well because some of the analyses will lead to unorthodox solutions and the technique (which works) will help keep people enthusiastically on board. If you wish to stay ahead of the market uy this bk and tell NO-ONE else about it, this way it might not catch on.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alex Rogo and His Team to the Rescue Again!, 30 July 2004
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 124,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: It's Not Luck (Paperback)
It's Not Luck is the sequel to Eliyahu Goldratt's great business novel, The Goal. After their success in The Goal, Alex and his team have all been promoted into the key positions in the faltering Diversified Businesses group in their conglomerate. The whole company is on the decline, and great pressure is put on Alex and the team to turn their businesses around.
The story emphasizes the Thinking Processes from The Goal, and the importance of using them in business and in personal life. The problems addressed are primarily ones of (1) tailoring the bundle of business product and service offerings for customers in ways that create profit margin advantages across the business (2) by building on benefits from adding value for customers in improved ways and (3) creating these advances in ways that competitors cannot easily duplicate. The examples include a printing business for packaging, a beauty salon products business, and providing a service and parts intensive product.
The book's main story is interesting, and will keep you turning the pages. If you only read this as a novel about the caring manager and parent as a hero, you will find this to be a five star book.
If you want the book to help you learn new methods, you will find it not too beneficial. The examples are developed at such a level of generality that you will probably learn little from them. I graded the book down two stars for this weakness. Most readers won't know any more about how to create advantaged business models at the end of the book than they did at the beginning, except that they are to remember to apply the lessons from The Goal to all of their businesses.
The concepts that the book suggests are all perfectly valid and helpful ones. The first notion is to think of your customer and yourself as one entity. How can the two entities be combined in order to create the most value for both? The second notion is to then think about combining your business with acquisitions or being acquired by others so that the new business model can be applied to all these enterprises. I hope you do learn how to develop these commendable ideas.
After you finish reading this book, I suggest that you think about all of the ways that current measurements in your business cause you to optimize the performance of parts of your enterprise rather than the whole business and that of your customers. If you can locate those flaws, you can then begin to change the measurements to become those that reward the correct enterprise-customer optimization goal. The rest of the benefits will tend to flow from making that change, even if you never become very good at using the Thinking Process described in this book. Self-interest can take you a long way.
Become truly symbiotic with your customers in ways that enhance vitality for all!
And don't be afraid to think about how to include employees, suppliers, shareholders, and the communities you serve in this consideration of optimization!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it actually made me some money..., 14 Jan 2010
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Nottebaert "xof" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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The story is thin and serves only the purpose of transmitting the textmaterial, which is fine as it sure reads easier than a normal textbook. The disadvantage is that ideas tend to stay on the surface and the how-to do it exactly is not revealed.

But applying some of the common sense principles made me advance my business on the spot which made the time investment in reading it more than worthwhile.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A DIFFERENT STYLE OF WRITING, 9 Mar 2007
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Atha Fokias "Athas" (Leuven) - See all my reviews
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Goldratt has a style all of his own. I obtained many of his works and he puts his viewepoints into every day scenarios with dialogs like a docudrama tv movie. He is famous for 'theory of constraints' and his works are motivated by that thinking. As a planning strategist I know that business do not often succeed just because they are new ideas. Just imagine that a few years ago Google was the brainchild of 2 students. Today they employ 10,000 worldwide, such growth is not luck. It was a development of well thought out strategy,

it parallels Microsoft of the 70's & 80's. Their influence in the market has forced Microsoft and Yahoo to follow suit. Equally with Amazon, who would have thought that such a business model would change the way we buy books? Both scenarios started off with a fresh idea and they developed into complete e-commerce corporations. It gets you to examine why, not how.
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3.0 out of 5 stars b, 13 Dec 2013
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Not yet had a chance to read it as I am so busy, but I expect it'l be just fine!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No freebees., 27 Oct 2013
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Goldratt believes that you can achieve just about anything if you decide to work hard. In this book he postulates that you will not get very far if you do not make a decision and work hard at some point. No one got anywhere without making a choice and then pursuing that dream.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic stuff!!!!!!!!!!, 14 Jun 2013
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I think, this is a very useful book. Full of excellent ideas to think about. Many CEOs simply forgot what to do when the problem turns up. Only think they do is cut the cost and lay off people. This book and the Goal are books to remind them what to do. That means to do what is necessary not what is easier to them.

Highly recommended!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 2 July 2012
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This book is a very good followup to The Goal. It continues the same story, but now Alex is working for upper management and the focus is on the thinking process behind the theory of constraints.

Just like in The Goal, the story format gives a very good understanding of the theories Goldratt has developed. It also makes the book very easy to digest.
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