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5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING VIEW OF HOW TO CREATE THE MOST LASTING SUCCESS, 14 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Century business) (Paperback)
The concept behind this book is brilliant: What makes companies that outperform their peers for decades enjoy that success? This approach gives the reader a chance to test whether the authors' ideas for improvement have made sense or not, beyond the logic they seem to display. I think this is one of the most important business books every published, for that reason. You get the rigor of academic analysis with the grace and ease of a consultant's effective communications. The most important lesson of this book is to create lasting ways of managing your business successfully, that will outlive the skills and perspective of any one person, no matter how talented. The book is fun to read. I liked the way the ideas were described: Big, Hairy, Audacious goals is a fun concept just from the title. One of the most useful ideas is that we need to hold conflicting ideas in our minds, such as "do more" and "spend less". English often suggests that conflicts exist in what can be done that do not really exist in practice. This is a great lesson in overcoming stalled thinking. This book is outstanding for "telling it like it is". Of particular interest to investors will be the stock-price charts showing how valuable these lessons are for public companies and their shareholders. A friend of mine introduced me to this book. He was particularly attracted to the message that charismatic leaders are not necessary. As a low-key, but effective, CEO, he found this to be a big relief. Some superb complementary books are DANCE OF CHANGE for sustaining organizational improvements (especially as a learning company), THE BALANCED SCORECARD for implementing strategy, and SMART CHOICES for improving your understanding of how to make difficult decisions (without all the technical detail that would overwhelm many readers). Read BUILT TO LAST first, as you start these. If you are not sure what issues then to attack with your improved organization, consider Peter Drucker's list in MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. If you want to make progress with electronic commerce, be sure to read CUSTOMERS.COM. May your company become a study example for some future edition of BUILT TO LAST!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Built to Last, 14 April 2010
This review is from: Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Century business) (Paperback)
Thanks for the book. Came very promptly and in good condition as described. Many thanks.
The subject itself is extremely thought provoking and very helpful where I am now. Sadly I even quoted it in a meeting last night!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and thought-provoking, 22 Oct 1999
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This review is from: Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Century business) (Paperback)
I read this book last year and it has been invaluable in helping me to set up and run my own company based on clear guidelines such as vision, values and big hairy audacious goals! It's a must read for anyone who wants their business to succeed beyond their term of office.
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