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Outsmart!: How to Do What Your Competitors Can't

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  • Posted May 27, 2009

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    Visionary companies that changed the marketplace

    Is your company an "incumbent" firm, stuck in the mud and going nowhere? Or is it a bold, visionary enterprise, able to see and exploit new business opportunities that incumbent firms miss or are too frightened to pursue? In his new book, business guru Jim Champy, co-author of Reengineering the Corporation, discusses how visionary "smart firms" seize the future while incumbent firms let it pass them by. Even while cautioning that surely some middle ground exists, getAbstract warmly recommends this book, and its fascinating case histories. You'll want to read it if you are responsible for strategy and growth at your firm.

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

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    BEST OF CHAMPY - SO FAR

    This book is completely different than previous books by Jim Champy. You could give a copy of it - and I have already given copies - to students, to entrepreneurs, and to anyone who is interested in business.
    'Outsmart!' is filled with surprising, and somewhat counterintuitive, lessons learned from companies that have achieved super-high growth for at least 3 straight years. I was not disappointed by the amazing experience of the founders of new enterprises (such as Sonicbids and MinuteClinic), but I was stunned by what can be done in the context of 'incumbent' organizations (such as Smith & Wesson).
    Jim Champy states his case clearly: there is not much new in management, but there sure is a lot that's new in business.

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