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I bought this book based on the good customer reviews and a sense that my business strategies need improving. I regard the information contained in this book as timely and more than simply useful. It has certainly focused my thinking on strategy being the means to achieving goals as opposed to merely signalling aspirations. Similar to the Harvard Business Essentials book on strategy, you are advised to begin with a thorough swot analysis and to use your strengths to overcome weaknesses, organisational and those, presumably, of competitors. It sounds obvious, writing this down, but it not necessarily something at the forefront of one's business thinking: in this way, the book focuses you down onto the essentials, the things that matter. Analysis of what comprises bad strategy is also useful and a trap one can easily fall into. If you are in business, today and need something to kick start a fresh approach, this is certainly one of the books I recommend reading and one of a few that have helped me to push forward during some difficult times in the last year or so.
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on 17 April 2017
Well written with clear explanation of a complicated subject - i will definitely re-read. The examples are well chosen from the business, military, and scientific spheres. The author suggests learnings and applications from his examples, and although quite complex in places it is all very readable. The comprehensive index and notes are a plus too.
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on 24 March 2017
One of the genuinely cleverest business analysts I've come across.
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on 30 May 2017
As per title!
This is a good read with well cited examples. Not too much over stretching (as is the case with other books claiming the 'answer' to strategy or similar)
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on 23 March 2017
Thought his intro was trying to hard to stand out as a different way of defining strategy as a dichotomy however once you get past the intro chapters it's an amazing read that I would suggest to anyone. Good, easy take aways and some interesting cases presented in brevity.
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on 14 March 2017
A must read.!!
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on 18 March 2017
Brings together scholarship, experience and history. Lots of good examples, punchy writing and pace make it a great read as well as an essential one.
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on 12 June 2017
Well constructed arguments with lots of examples. Not just a management read, but an insight into strategy that benefit many areas of life.
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on 10 September 2014
This is a very enjoyable, plain language book. It is scattered with interesting real world examples highlighting good strategy and bad strategy.
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on 24 August 2016
An excellent step by step guide about how to form coherent strategy and use it to guide your decision making within an organisation
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