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The authors of the best-selling Competing on Internet Time (a Businessweek top-10 book) analyze the strategies, principles, and skills of three of the most successful and influential figures in business - Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs - offering lessons for all managers and entrepreneurs on leadership, strategy, and execution.

In less than a decade, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Andy Grove founded three companies that would define the world of technology and transform our lives. At their peaks, Microsoft, Apple, and Intel were collectively worth some $1.5 trillion. Strategy Rules examines these three individuals collectively for the first time - their successes and failures, commonalities and differences - revealing the business strategies and practices they pioneered while building their firms.

David B. Yoffie and Michael A. Cusumano have studied these three leaders and their companies for more than 30 years, while teaching business strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship at Harvard and MIT. In this enlightening guide, they show how Gates, Grove, and Jobs approached strategy and execution in remarkably similar ways - yet markedly differently from their erstwhile competitors - keeping their focus on five strategic rules.

Strategy Rules brings together the best practices in strategic management and high-tech entrepreneurship from three path-breaking entrepreneurs who emerged as CEOs of huge global companies. Their approaches to formulating strategy and building organizations offer unique insights for start-up executives as well as the heads of modern multinationals.

©2015 David B. Yoffie and Michael A. Cusumano (P)2020 HarperAudio

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  • 21-11-20

I liked the story parts more than the "Rules"

I am a fan of these authors. I liked The Business of Platforms a great deal. The careers profiled here are of keen interest to me too. The Rules struck me as a useful framework, good to arrange the stories around, but not earth shaking in themselves, as strategy pointers, per se. The stories are archetypal in tech history, and the bits are well selected here.

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  • RB Player
  • 02-06-20

3 great businessmen ... likely good leaders!

some right place, right time ... smart off the charts - all 3! they control a lot of their industries ... and have built great wealth ... let's see what they leave and share with the rest of us!