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Playing to Win

How Strategy Really Works

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Playing to Win by A.G. Lafley
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"Valuable insights, perhaps a little oversimplistic."
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This book simplifies strategy really well. The big question is whether it helps people have the judgement to use the tools. Most people succeed by doing more of what works; and then other people try to explain what was done. It is not clear in this book how much of the framework was created and then used, vs created to explain what happened. The former would be preferable.

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If strategy is about creating a competitive advantage that allows a firm to win, then pinpointing your strategy to a few critically important choices will dramatically increase your chances of success. This is especially true in the volatile and complex environment that has become the norm for all of us. Yet the authors of Playing to Win, A. G. Lafley, the former CEO of Procter & Gamble and one of the most successful business leaders of the last century, and Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management, say most firms shy away from these difficult strategic choices, settling instead for false approaches that can lead to irreversible blunders.

Author Biography

A.G. Lafley has been named the new Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of Procter & Gamble, where he previously served as CEO from 2000-2009. Under Lafley's leadership, P&G's sales doubled, its profits quadrupled, its market value increased by more than $100 billion, and its portfolio of billion-dollar brands--like Tide, Pampers, Olay, and Gillette--grew from 10 to 24 as a result of his focus on winning strategic choices, consumer-driven innovation, and reliable, sustainable growth. Roger Martin is Dean of the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and an adviser to CEOs on strategy, design, innovation, and integrative thinking. In 2011, Roger was named by Thinkers50 as the sixth top management thinker in the world. This is his eighth book; he also contributes regularly to Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, and the Washington Post, among others. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB in economics from Harvard College.
Release date NZ
February 5th, 2013
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
Illustrations
Imprint
Harvard Business Review Press
Pages
272
Dimensions
156x235x30
ISBN-13
9781422187395
Product ID
19839902

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