In the car I listen to memoirs or books about business. Recently I've started listening to books about running while running - also fun.
This is a really good book but incredibly long and at times the detail get in the way of the narrative. I also find the chronology skips about as different issues and projects are discussed which can be confusing.
That said, the story is engaging and well read. I didn't know much about the oil industry and this was an eye opening account of the power players. At its best this is riveting stuff.
I hesitated before buying this book. The cover and title gave me a low expectation - the book way over delivered!
The 10 words are very well chosen and their power demonstrated through thoughtful and insightful reflections on Leahy's time at Tesco, his work outside Tesco or examples drawn from the wider world.
For me, highlights included the section on values, the section on turning decisions into action and the discussion around harnessing loyalty via the implementation of Clubcard. Also the section on Balance Scorecards is great for any organisation that uses or is considring using this techniue
The overall style is engaging and well complimented by the narration. I really enjoyed this.
This is a great book about the creation, implementation and consistency required to bring good strategy to life. It is also a slightly boring book full of MBA case studies which I felt could have been trimmed.
Rumelt has written a serious account of strategy which is more thoughtful and academic than many of the guru books which are available. He is an expert in his field and this book is hard to fault. My preference was for his thoughts on strategy creation rather than the case studies he used to support his views.