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eBook The Visionary's Handbook: Nine Paradoxes That Will Shape the Future of Your Business epub
  • ISBN: 0066619874
  • Author: Howard Means,Watts Wacker
  • Genre: Business
  • Subcategory: Management & Leadership
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; 1st edition (March 15, 2000)
  • Pages: 254 pages
  • ePUB size: 1667 kb
  • FB2 size 1603 kb
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If only that were true of The Visionary's Handbook: Nine Paradoxes That Will Shape .

If only that were true of The Visionary's Handbook: Nine Paradoxes That Will Shape the Future of Your Business, by Watts Wacker, Jim Taylor, and Howard Means. Talk about self-empowerment jargon. You can tell right off that this is supposedly a "big think" book, because it tells us we should "live today not in one tense, but in two," the present and the future. For me I'm thinking on applying complexity thinking to business (I thought that Howard Sherman's book was a bit disappointing - Stu Kauffmann, Chris Langton are still the standard bearers); and, what after money? I still see the pursuit of wealth as the biggest human preoccupation - shame on us.

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At a time when business bestsellers such as Six Sigma are touting . Visionary's Handbook : Nine Paradoxes That Will Shape the Future of Your Business.

Visionary's Handbook : Nine Paradoxes That Will Shape the Future of Your Business. by Watts Wacker, Jim Taylor, Howard Means.

A bold, incisive book, The Visionary's Handbook captures the interlocking web o paradoxes that abound in everyday business life, and provides an essential map to help make the future work for every individual and every company in the challenging and uncertain times ahead. This book will challenge your most fundamental beliefs about competition, value, time, action, and leadership. Get ready for enlightenment! -Philip Kotler, Professor of International Marketing, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

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Watts Wacker, Jim Taylor. In The Visionary's Handbook, Watts Wacker and Jim Taylor refuse to paint a simplistic picture of the future; instead, they show where to look for the insight needed to compete and grow in the years ahead

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The nine paradoxes are all about being a success – both in business and personal life areas

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The Visionary's Handbook by Watts Wacker, Jim Taylor .

The Visionary's Handbook by Watts Wacker, Jim Taylor, and Howard Means (Harper Business, 2000). Consider Peter the Great," say James Champy and Nitin Nohria, authors of The Arc of Ambition: Defining the Leadership Journey. There's one more hard part: reading this book and wading through one damn ambitious person after another. Peter the Great, Ted Turner, Gandhi, Martin Luther King J. Meg Whitman, Sam Walton, Ray Kroc, Thomas Jefferson - and that's just a sampling. If only that were true of The Visionary's Handbook: Nine Paradoxes That Will Shape the Future of Your Business, by Watts Wacker, Jim Taylor, and Howard Means.

Building upon the Age of Possibility first espoused in their provocative and acclaimed The 500 Year Delta, Watts Wacker and Jim Taylor now welcome readers to the Age of Uncertainty, where, because life has never been easier, it has never been more difficult.

In this unprecedented new book, Wacker and Taylor present a vision of the present and future that goes beyond all the chaos and complexity of our times. With a clear and firm grasp of their material, they proceed to chart a method for readers to create a personal course for the future.

This navigational route is premised upon the authors' profound understanding of nine mind-boggling paradoxes that capture the imponderables of modern life, and define the business and social climates of the world as we move forward into the new millennium:

The Paradox of the Visionary The closer your vision gets to a provable truth, the more you are simply describing the present. In the same way, the more certain you are of a future outcome, the more likely you will be wrong.

The Paradox of Value The value of any product becomes inseparable from a buyer's perception of worth. Instead of intrinsic value, we have relative value only--the products that a business makes bear diminished relations to the physical content of the offering.

The Paradox of Size The bigger you are, the smaller you need to be.

The Paradox of Time To succeed in the short term, you need to think in the long term. Yet the greater your vision and the longer the time interval over which you predict results, the greater the risk that you will be unable to take the necessary steps in the short term to achieve the long-term goals. The tension between short- and long-term planning has never been more tormented.

The Paradox of Competition Your biggest competitor is your own view of your future; competition comes from everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

The Paradox of Action You've got to go for what you can't expect to get; nothing will turn out exactly as it's supposed to. You must act intuitively and be equally ready to take resolute counter-intuitive action.

The Paradox of Leadership To lead from the front, you have to stay inside the story. In an inherently inconsistent world, consistency is not the virtue it once was in our leaders.

The Paradox of Leisure Play is hard work; play and work are blending and becoming indistinguishable.

The Paradox of Reality Every person on planet Earth today has the potential to be connected to every other person, and every single one of us inhabits a world of our own and is a marketing segment of absolutely one. As our links become stronger, our individuation becomes starker.

A bold, incisive book, The Visionary's Handbook captures the interlocking web o paradoxes that abound in everyday business life, and provides an essential map to help make the future work for every individual and every company in the challenging and uncertain times ahead.

Comments: (6)
Mr_TrOlOlO
Pure. Genius.
Hurus
I enjoyed the subject matter of this book though stylistically it did strike me as a little strange. If you haven't read the top 10 recent bestsellers (Innovator's Dilemna, Serious Play and books of that ilk) then this book will serve you well in getting you rapidly up to speed. Think of it as a exceutive summary of those. If you have read them, there is something to be gained in seeing all the 'paradoxes' placed side by side to consider. This would be excellent if you are in a scenario planning type exercise or want a better treatment on how you should 'model' the future. The authors attempt to engage the reader through a series of thought exercises about yourself (life, career etc) in order to give you some material to apply the paradigm shifts they detail. Though I wholeheartedly applaud them trying to use something other than the 'usual' case studies of Dell, Amazon etc etc, I don't think this 'personal' approach works. I just found it annoying but others who are looking to evaluate themselves might not. However those sections are easily skipped over and key points are succintly and well written for a quick and thought-provoking read for the business audience.
Nothing personal
If only that were true of The Visionary's Handbook: Nine Paradoxes That Will Shape the Future of Your Business, by Watts Wacker, Jim Taylor, and Howard Means. Talk about self-empowerment jargon. You can tell right off that this is supposedly a "big think" book, because it tells us we should "live today not in one tense, but in two," the present and the future. The way to do that, the authors write, is by compartmentalizing your future tense from your present tense. That might best involve outsourcing, since your "Fool Box" might otherwise unduly influence your "Future Box." Then list all of your "neotribes" to figure out which one bonds most closely to your corporate values.

Dig hard enough here and you may find one salient piece of visionary advice: "You have to tell yourself the story of what you are going to be and retell it again and again until you believe it absolutely and until there's not a thread of inauthenticity left in what you aspire to."

Sound advice, perhaps, but it still seems pretty thick.
Bys
It was great to get another fix of Watts - Matter on Fact is good but does not really allow a theme to really develop.
I though the book will be great. The discussion on Brand is tremendous - the best I have ever read. This should be required reading for anyone entering business let alone those who seek to specialise in Brand Marketing like I did once, a long time ago. The theme of Paradox is also well handled throughout. Will be great? Greatness is a property acquired over time...I need to muse on the stuff for a little while longer...
To pick holes seems a little churlish, but these are the observations I have:
· The overall concentration on business and the use of money to value things was not where I thought the book would be. Whilst the authors did a brilliant job of dismantling the present business model for Harvard, maybe the value of a Harvard Education is priceless? What could be applied to the failing inner city schools who can't seem to get kids to read or write let alone count money?
· Were they able to charge anything out to Kodak? (After all they benefited considerably from the wisdom therein).
· Jon Krakauer's 'Into Thin Air' is a good book, Anatoly Boukreev's 'The Climb' (same subject, professional guide's point of view) is better. I've been long fascinated by the indomitable nature of the human spirit - other suggestions are 'Touching the Void' by Joe Simpson and 'South' by Sir Ernest Shackleton.
· I found the main thrust a little bit US centric - I know there were bits and pieces from the rest of the world - but they did feel like bits and pieces.
· I also found the future exercises and exams a little distracting.
I'd also be fascinated to know how to write a book in a threesome, and what is fascinating the authors now? (where does a futurist who's done Paradox go next?) For me I'm thinking on applying complexity thinking to business (I thought that Howard Sherman's book was a bit disappointing - Stu Kauffmann / Chris Langton are still the standard bearers); and, what after money? I still see the pursuit of wealth as the biggest human preoccupation - shame on us. Is this general, or national/ regional? Zen Bhuddists and Taoists seem to get it. All the .com millionaires and VCs jetting off to Tibet definitely don't get it.
Thanks for a great book
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