5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Useful enough if a little hollow at times,
This review is from: Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works (Hardcover)
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This is a useful enough handbook that's easy to read with some good anecdotes. It focuses on Proctor & Gamble and the changes to it's structure and product over the past ten years or so and it is honest enough to point out the failures as much as the successes.
As with many business books these days it does repeatedly state the obvious though, such as strategies cannot be written in tablets of stone and must be flexible...I mean, you don't say? But on the whole the authors steer away from too many cringe worthy business school sound bites and there is some genuinely interesting insights in this little book.
I must admit though I'm becoming a bit jaded with these business pep talk books these days; so much [like 99%] of what is being preached, is not put into practise. Our corporate structures are straining through inefficiencies and outright corruption, and if there are two things that can define western corporations these days, it is a lack of vision and short-termism. What would be really interesting would be a couple of CEOs biting the bullet and writing a business analysis book about that, as there is definitely a gap in the market there for them. I wonder which ones will grasp the nettle and do it...