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Playing to win: how strategy really works

Two of today’s best-known business thinkers get to the heart of strategy – explaining what it’s for, how to think about it, why you need it, and how to get it done. And they use one of the most successful corporate turnarounds of the century, which they achieved together, to prove their point.

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Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors

Porter’s analysis of industries captures the complexity of industry competition in five underlying forces. Porter introduces one of the most powerful competitive tools yet developed: his three generic strategies lowest cost, differentiation, and focus, which bring structure to the task of strategic positioning.

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The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think

Finally, an answer to the ultimate business question: How do some companies achieve exceptional performance over the long term?

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Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Perfomance

Competitive Advantage introduces a whole new way of understanding what a firm does. Porter’s groundbreaking concept of the value chain disaggregates a company into “activities,” or the discrete functions or processes that represent the elemental building blocks of competitive advantage.

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Divide or conquer: how great teams turn conflict into strength

No one would dispute the idea that relationships matter in business. Yet despite their obvious importance, they remain largely a mystery. Why do some conflicts get resolved quickly while others lead to permanent animosity? Why do some relationships grow stronger over time, others more fragile?

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flawed advice and the management trap

The first book to show how and why so much of today’s business advice is flawed, and how managers and executives can better evaluate advice given to their firms.

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the strategy and tactics of pricing: a guide to growing more profitably

The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing shows readers how to manage markets strategically, rather than simply calculate pricing based on product and profit, in order to improve their competitiveness and the profitability of their offers.

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Powerful times: rising to the challenge of our uncertain time

Understand the most revolutionary human transformation in four centuries… and prepare for it! We’re not just living through an age of change: we’re living through a ‘change of age’: the most profound inflection point in human history since the Enlightenment. That’s the thesis of Eamonn Kelly’s remarkable new book Powerful Times.

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Inevitable Surprises: thinking ahead in a turbulent time

Peter Schwartz is a world-renowned visionary in the field of scenario planning, Schwartz is startling – and accurate – predictions have been employed by government agencies and major corporations for more than twenty-five years. He argues that the future is foreseeable, and that by examining the dynamics at work today we can predict the “inevitable surprises” of tomorrow.

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The art of the long view: preparing for the future in an uncertain world

What increasingly affects all of us, whether professional planners or individuals preparing for a better future, is not the tangibles of life, but the intangibles: our hopes and fears, our beliefs and dreams. Only stories – scenarios – and our ability to visualize different kinds of futures adequately capture these intangibles.

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10 Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs

Innovation principles to bring about meaningful and sustainable growth in your organization. Using a list of more than 2,000 successful innovations, including Cirque du Soleil, IBM mainframes, and many more, the authors applied a proprietary algorithm and determined ten meaningful groupings that provided insight into innovation.

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