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How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied
By: Howard Yu
Narrated by: Feodor Chin
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Summary

Outlasting competition is difficult. Doing so for decades is nearly impossible. Yet some pioneering companies have endured and even prospered for generations. How did they do it? And what can we learn from them? 

In today's competitive environment where latecomers can replicate almost any product or service for less, and where expert intuition and market intelligence have been overtaken by machine algorithms, companies can no longer just be very good at what they do. They need to leap to new knowledge disciplines. The best leap repeatedly. And it's the combination of two skills - mastery of the old and the new - that empowers them with the best competitive advantage.  

To discover how some companies not only survive but thrive for centuries, strategy expert Howard Yu identifies key trends from business history, skillfully extracting timeless lessons and applying them to today. He illustrates how managers can look to leverage technological shifts, increasingly ubiquitous connectivity, smart machines, and managerial creativity - in order to leap forward. Ultimately, Leap is a playbook for the future that shows how pioneering players can thrive by rethinking their businesses, their relationships with customers, and the very reasons they exist.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2009 Howard Yu (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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"Howard Yu argues that, even in a future age of machine intelligence, the human ability to innovate will be the primary factor enabling companies to thrive. His advice will be invaluable to managers and CEOs worldwide." (V.G. Govindarajan, Coxe Distinguished Professor of Management, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth University, and author of the New York Times best-seller Reverse Innovation)

"A deeply thoughtful journey on why human curiosity and creativity matter more, not less, than ever in the new brave world of ubiquitous connectivity and smart machines. And why and how we as leaders need to learn to leap - and not just incrementally extrapolate what we already know." (Jouko Karvinen, chairman of Finnair)

"As technology's tectonic shifts reshape how companies win, Howard Yu shows the criticality of good management today. In Leap, he's written a valuable guide to help managers prepare their companies for long and successful lives." (Keith Ferrazzi, Ferrazzi Greenlight chairman and author of New York Times best sellers Never Eat Alone and Who's Got Your Back)

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  • Daniela
  • 30-06-18

An overview of how to succeed in business today

Leap tells the reader a number of strategies that can be used in order to make sure their business can succeed, or simply keep up their success in a world where change is happening at an ever-increasing pace.

Some of the methods described here are probably not new to those who have in-depth knowledge of innovation, disruption and entrepreneurial strategy, but the real strength of the book lies in how well the case studies of various companies describe the point being made, making sure you will remember it. The introductory comparison between the textile mills of the Carolinas and the chemical companies in Switzerland boils down the in point of the book.

While the textile mills in the Carolinas innovated and created a cost-effective way of making fabric, they settled in as they grew as businesses, eventually being overtaken by competitors in Asia who could make similar products even cheaper. Meanwhile the chemical companies in Switzerland continually reinventing themselves, going from dye manufacturer to high-tech pharmaceutical companies, all because they were not afraid of change and taking risk to compromise their established business models for long-term success.

If you are interested in some easy listening that will help you understand more about how you should do business today, from someone who is not scared to death of the future with the kind of technical change and disruption we are currently seeing, this is a good one...

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  • Vetrici Marius
  • 05-12-19

I just love the Leap book

I read the book with great pleasure and curiosity because I found in it some insightful ideas for my business.

The author offers a fresh perspective of why certain seemingly immortal companies have vanished. And why some other companies have thrived for more than 100 years. what they've done differently?

First I've learned that long term competitive advantage is delusional, that every company has to constantly adapt, reinvent and to LEAP in order to survive. The specific examples related to Novartis, P&G and many others indicate that they thrived by switching from one domain knowledge to another, e.g. from chemistry to biochemistry to genetic engineering; from manufacturing to consumer psychology; or from agriculture to platform technologies.

I have also learned about the barriers to leaping. Being afraid to launch a new product because it will eat your existing product's market share is scary? Then remember that if would not do it, your competition will eventually do it.

Lastly, I found the book easy to read and very entertaining, yet packed with interesting historical business facts as well as insightful ideas about what will happen next.

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  • Alex
  • 31-08-18

Relevant for any future CEO

Using examples throughout time and across the world, Howard Yu helps set the stage of modern business in a refreshingly optimistic and methodical presentation.