- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Random House Business (5 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847940471
- ISBN-13: 978-1847940476
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.4 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 846,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Little Bets: How breakthrough ideas emerge from small discoveries Hardcover – 5 May 2011
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"I have always believed that constant innovation is core to success. The methods Peter Sims provides in the highly engaging Little Bets will help you challenge the status quo and discover extraordinary new possibilities in whatever endeavor you're engaged in." (Howard Schultz Chairman and CEO of Starbucks)
"Want a big idea? Start little. Whether you're an entrepreneur or an artist, Peter Sims shows you how big breakthroughs start with little bets." (Chip Heath Author of 'Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard')
"With examples that range from traditional businesses to stand-up comedians, Peter Sims shows that the path to big success is lined with small failures. Behind every breakthrough idea is often a host of experiments that flopped - and Sims shows how to leverage these "little bets" to produce lasting results. This is a powerful and practical book." (Daniel H. Pink Author of 'Drive' and 'A Whole New Mind')
"A fascinating and revealing journey through the real-life dynamics of the creative process. Vividly written and bustling with examples from comedy to architecture, Little Bets is a wonderful example of itself: a big idea that takes shape through many small discoveries. I highly recommend it for anyone with a serious interest in cultivating creativity in business, education or in their own lives." (Sir Ken Robinson)
"In Little Bets, Peter Sims convincingly argues that we need a new model of creativity, focused around gradual improvement and constant innovation. If you're not learning while doing, Sims points out, then you're probably doing it wrong." (Jonah Lehrer Author of 'The Decisive Moment')
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Top Customer Reviews
As Sims explains, his book's proposition is based on an experimental approach that involves a lot of little bets and certain creative methods to identify possibilities and build up to great outcomes eventually, after frequent failures. (Actually, experimental innovation has no failures; rather, there are initiatives that have not as yet succeeded, each of which is a precious learning opportunity.) "At the core of this experimental approach, little bets are concrete actions taken to discover, test, and develop ideas that are achievable and affordable. They begin as creative possibilities that get iterated and refined over time, and they are particularly valuable when trying to navigate amid uncertainty, create something new, or attend to open-ended problems.Read more ›
The book illustrates well the idea that multiple small steps towards a goal, our even just taken out of curiosity to see what will happen, are usually the best ways to make progress. Most progress comes from small steps- that cost little, don't take long- and are basically "little bets." A little bet is a diversion you can take that may or may not work, but the worst you'll lose is some small amount of money, and a bit of time. Most ideas don't work out as planned- and often the big idea or concept emerges as an outcome of what starts off as quite a small idea or project. The key thing seems to be to know what problem you are dealing with- and to break it down into small workable chunks.
The world is largely divided between conceptual thinkers who then work out the details, and other people who work with small chunks, and eventually discover what they are really a part of. Little bets offers something to both groups. The conceptual thinkers have good ideas- but they are rarely entirely right- or exactly what customers and others need. Sometimes big visions take so long to implement that by the time they are achieved they are obsolete. A bit of work with little bets often will save such grand projects from being misdirected from the start. The experimental types will enjoy trying experiments- and won't lose too much capital or emotion in building up a magnum opus that turns out to be misdirected. The key is to learn from the experiments, and keep moving on.
This book does move on briskly and entertainingly with many good examples and ideas. I can recommend as a good little bet to readers- it won't take you long to read and you'll quickly come away with several useful ideas from it.
A must for anyone wantuing to make change when change is hard, and to inspire people to keep going despite all the challenges and barriers put in front of them.
If you want to achieve something remarkable this is a great book to start with
In a nutshell, Sims' book refreshes a simple idea of how productive and valuable it can be to work in small steps. He calls these steps "little bets" to illustrate risk management opportunities coming with gradual development rather than big bets of putting every resource behind unproven ideas. In doing so Sims accomplishes to address two objectives. Firstly, he manages to convincingly combine the examples backing up his reasoning from as diverse backgrounds as military operations (counterinsurgency ops in Iraq), animated movies production (Pixar) and some more. He successfully avoids a trap of putting different examples artificially bind together. Secondly, by reviving little steps approach what I guess is a concept as old as humanity, he brings back to live some worthy advice not necessarily limited to business. It reminds of values that sometimes tend to be neglected as they miss the flavor of being dynamic, rule-breaking and so on (any buzz-word would fit it). Specifically, though it is not literally stated, I take his book as praise for achieving the goals gradually, or if I can risk to by pathetic, it is simply praise for patience. Sims calls for experimenting, for allowing (yourself, or your team, or your company or your... well, you name it) to fail in order to learn, but that's on the surface of his reasoning.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really wonderful book. Has a lot of examples and anecdotes of various examples of some successful companies and how they do things differently. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sriram
Got some old and new ideas of how to fulfil your dreams and goals and visions in the most effective way with no big losses. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2014 by Kristina
A really interesting book with lots of common sense ideas that can be adopted in all aspects of life, particularly education. Read morePublished on 20 July 2014 by Amazon Customer
I read this book in a day and found it very inspiring - I couldn't put it down! Great examples of idea generation which challenge the traditional way we make business decisions. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2013 by Simon Gray
This is a good book with some interesting ideas. Overall I enjoyed reading it. My only complaint would be that the author is sometimes unnecessarily wordy or repetitious,... Read morePublished on 23 July 2013 by T. VANDERNOOT
Little Bets is a short but sweet book containing many, relevant examples of how creative and inspirational companies and people have got to where they are by trying, and failing... Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2013 by T. P. Duong
I'm reading this as part of a company book club. On a regular basis we select a book which we think will help us see how we work and what we do from a different perspective and... Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2012 by Wesleyan
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