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ISBN: 0471219932
Author: Stephen R. Covey,Dave Marcum
Language: English
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (April 23, 2002)
Pages: 257
Category: Management & Leadership
Subcategory: Money
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 908
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Businesses will only achieve their true potential, according to Dave Marcum, Steve Smith, and Mahan Khalsa, when the people that run them learn to "think business.

Businesses will only achieve their true potential, according to Dave Marcum, Steve Smith, and Mahan Khalsa, when the people that run them learn to "think business. In businessThink, the authors, all corporate veterans now with the FranklinCovey leadership development organization, propose eight rules that create a framework for cultivating this different thought process. Most people are just going through the motions of doing (not thinking) business-merely practicing their comfortable old routines," they write.

From the Foreword by Stephen R. Covey author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. If your organization–like ours–wants to be recognized as the best, this book should be required reading for all current and future business leaders and managers. Acclaim for businessThink. businessThink is every person’s MBA for the real world. William G. Parrett, President and Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP. "businessThink provides a commonsense, jargon-free return to the core concept of creating real value in business.

Dave is a respected authority in complex sales and has worked with companies across the globe like EDS, Andersen, Microsoft, and Accenture. Steve Smith has two degrees in management and psychology.

by Dave Marcum, Steve Smith and Mahan Khalsa with Foreword by. .

by Dave Marcum, Steve Smith and Mahan Khalsa with Foreword by Stephen R. Covey. To improve the odds of success businessThink authors Dave Marcum, Steve Smith, and Mahan Khalsa promise to deliver a revolutionary new method to bridge this gap.

Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Business Think : Rules for Getting It Right . Thinking creatively about business is the hardest. This book not only enlightens you from hard to hardest but does it with profound simplicity.

Thinking creatively about business is the hardest. - Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration The University of Southern California; author, Managing the Dream"The lessons of businessThink are understandable and actionable.

Businesses will only achieve their true potential, according to Dave Marcum, Steve . Managers should read the book the book with their teams and use it in leading team implementation of the wisdom it contains. What makes this book so useful is that it offers a heavy dose of something important but in short supply in business today-common sense. -Jack Trout, Author, Differentiate or Die.

This book is the only business training that tomorrow's leaders will need to consistently create effective . Effectively blended, these skills become the new business intelligence that is needed to get it right-no matter what.

This book is the only business training that tomorrow's leaders will need to consistently create effective solutions and take themselves and their associates into the zone of optimum performance. FranklinCovey is the world's premier leadership development organization, whose client portfolio includes eighty-two of the Fortune 100 companies and more than two-thirds of the Fortune 500 companies.

Businesses will only achieve their true potential, according to Dave Marcum, Steve Smith, and Mahan Khalsa, when the people that run them learn to.Business Think : Rules for Getting It Right - Now, and No Matter What! by David Marcum.

Businesses will only achieve their true potential, according to Dave Marcum, Steve Smith, and Mahan Khalsa, when the people that run them learn to think business.

Research shows that over fifty percent of all business decisions fail; sixty percent of all businesses fail before the sixth year, and eighty-two percent go under before their tenth anniversary; and eight out of every ten new products fail. In direct contrast, research also shows that ninety-one percent of all businesspeople are as confident as ever in making decisions. Decision confidence is up. Success is down. While we are an inventive, entrepreneurial society, an innovation explosion has also been tagged with a business implosion. What gives?

businessThink is a revolutionary new method that bridges the monumental gap between the results businesses and people want and the failure they often get. This book is the only business training that tomorrow's leaders will need to consistently create effective solutions and take themselves and their associates into the zone of optimum performance.

businessThink transforms readers into businessthinkers with provocative new rules for accelerating work while revitalizing the enterprise. With rules like "Check Your Ego at the Door," "Move Off the Solution," "Get Evidence," and "Create Curiosity."

businessThink promises to significantly increase results by delivering hard core business thinking and fusing it with high intuition and emotional intelligence that open up, rather than shut down, thinking and collaboration. Effectively blended, these skills become the new business intelligence that is needed to get it right-no matter what.

FranklinCovey is the world's premier leadership development organization, whose client portfolio includes eighty-two of the Fortune 100 companies and more than two-thirds of the Fortune 500 companies. With 45 offices in 38 countries, FranklinCovey employs 3,500 associates.

Dave Marcum has a unique blend of management experience with positions ranging from VP of Sales & Marketing, to Chief Operating Officer in the publishing industry, to Business Transformation Leader at FranklinCovey, a 500 million dollar company. Dave is a respected authority in complex sales and has worked with companies across the globe like EDS, Andersen, Microsoft, and Accenture.

Steve Smith has two degrees in management and psychology. He has been a human resources manager inside a Fortune 500 company, an entrepreneur starting his own consulting firm, and head of development of FranklinCovey's The 4 Roles of Leadership. He has presented management programs to clients such as Nike, Hard Rock Cafe, and the U.S. Air Force.

Mahan Khalsa is a world-renowned expert in business development, whose clients include Arthur Andersen, Microsoft, and Walt Disney. He graduated with honors in economics from UCLA and has an MBA from Harvard. Mahan is Vice President of the Sales Performance Group at FranklinCovey Co.

Comments:

Zulkigis
I try to read a few solid business books each year, and this one came recommended by someone of influence that I respect. I was delighted by the "Ego Alert" chapter which for me was a real gem that I can use immediately.

Pro:
+Shingo Prize for Excellence winner
+Straight-forward easy read
+Solid Socratic chapter questions... I like books that end chapters with a few compelling questions to help one internalize what you've read
+Excellent coverage of "humility"... do you have it? Should you?

Con:
-Seemed like the authors went out of their way to try to invent words and catchy phrases... this I think backfires more that it works. Just finding this book was almost impossible using "business" and "think" in the Amazon search! (This was at least true when I bought it.)
-Too much reliance on "examples" to describe points. Some examples comprise nearly 100% of a concept. This is weak in my view.

Bottom line: Recommended.
Uttegirazu
This is one of the best business books I read (listened to). A different approach, highly recommended!! I learned a lot from it
Globus
This is the second book I have bought as a gift for my friends. I think they like them just fine.
Centrizius
There aren't many new ideas within this publication - hence 4 stars. I couldn't help but think of De Bono's six thinking hats as a framework for thinking that has many parallels with the BusinessThink publication.
However, that doesn't detract from what is a message that needs repeating and a message that needs to be absorbed by all of us to make the process of decision making (and thinking in general) more productive.
You're going to get value from this book where dysfunction is at its greatest. If you're already part of a productive team you're probably going to read this book and see recognition of what you're already doing rather than learn anything new.
Personally, this books remains a favourite. Whenever we make a few successful decisions (or believe we do) this is the first sort of book we disparage and neglect. But it's just when we start to believe our infallibility and skip steps within this framework that we start to make blunders.
The authors introduce some interesting statistics: successful decisions are fewer on the ground that what our beliefs might suggest.
Domarivip
Summary:
Do not read businessThink, unless you want to learn how to write hundreds of pages of common knowledge and hype it as revolutionary thinking. The book does contain useful thoughts but they are definitely not new and are wrapped in disgusting self-propaganda for the businessThink "methodology". The authors do not demonstrate any significant knowledge of business best practices or the relevant literature, consequently the examples used to underline the points are far from enlightening.

Details:
Normally I stop reading such books before the end of the introduction, but being on holiday and the weather being rainy, I got as far as the beginning of Chapter 5. Then I decided that businessThink was not even worth the $6 bargain price I paid for it.

I do not expect every business book to contain breakthrough ideas (for instance, I enjoyed reading "Thinking Inside the Box" even if it claimed to contain only the old, commonsense rules of business). However, what Marcum and Smith did in this book; pasting together trite from business literature, calling it "revolutionary" on every second page of the book, lacing it with irrelevant or imprecise examples, and using a conceited and patronizing style in the meantime is way too much for me.

Being mostly a compilation of common business knowledge, businessThink does give you some good general advice, but much better business books exist, with more relevant and practical examples and written by more modest authors.

Let me share with you what I have read in the first four chapters and then you can decide whether you are interested in the rest. (My comments are in parentheses.)

Foreword by Stephen R. Covey: Powerful breakthroughs need a paradigm change, not just a change in attitudes. He believes that businessThink "presents a provocative, principle-centered paradigm shift for rethinking the way we do business". This book is "every person's MBA for the real world". And this goes on for 8 pages... (By the way, if I hear or read "paradigm change" or "paradigm shift" I get immediately suspicious. This is one of the favorite phrases of empty-headed corporate parrots.)

Introduction: Despite of an "innovation explosion" and a confidence among entrepreneurs, most businesses fail. This is because most businesspeople just "do" business and not think about it. (This is the first of many not-so-solid conclusions of the authors. A business can fail for many reasons, inadequate thinking being just one important aspect.)
But do not worry, all you feeble-minded, unable-to-think-coherently businesspeople around the globe, because here we are to help you out with our eight rules that "will be the seeds of a much-needed revolution in business". We offer a complete, fail-proof solution to the "dysfunction of the real business world". Live by these rules and "you will develop a business instinct or seventh sense".
If you learn how to think correctly - that is, if you adopt businessThink - then it will be better for both you and for your company. Since you may find this idea difficult to comprehend, let us elaborate the upsides of thinking versus not thinking. (And they actually list the advantages of using your brain at work! This is probably necessary because the moronic reader has not learnt businessThink yet. By the end of the book, he might be able to assemble such a list himself, but for the time being he surely needs instruction by the bright authors on this point.)

Chapter 1: Today thinking is the most important activity of businesses. But most decisions fail, while decision confidence is high. (The authors cite re, some of them without proper reference.)
Let us see an example of a company making bad decisions - Webvan. (A verbatim quote from Fortune magazine follows, with what I believe to be a rather shallow analysis of Webvan's failure. Surfing on the Net, I found a better article on the topic in 5 minutes. If Marcum and Smith could not come up with an original example, at least they should have chosen their quote wisely.)
In today's business white-collar productivity is all-important. Thinking is everybody's job. (I believe, I've also heard this before...)
Currently in most businesses "there is no common approach or common criteria for making decisions". But here are the Eight Rules of businessThink listed and shortly explained.
Neither EQ, nor IQ is enough for proper application of businessThink, you need a fusion of the two.

Chapters 2 and 3: The first rule is "Check Your Ego at the Door". That is, listen to others, do not be overconfident, show humility etc. (Of course, this rule is only applicable in business decisions but you can forget about it when you write business books - at least that's what Marcum and Smith seem to think...)
Some of the revolutionary ideas regarding the first rule include:
- Don't think black and white, but consider other options.
- Beware the absolutes like all, never etc.
For your convenience, these rules are also demonstrated in business scenarios, comparing the "old school" thinking with businessThink.
(Many of these thoughts are meaningful. The only problem is that the "old school" does not exist. At least I have never read any business book or methodology that would recommend that on a company meeting you should say things like "The idiots. I totally agree with you..." instead of "What kind of information could we get together...?". Of course in practice you will meet stupid reactions, but this is not because of some pervasive "old school". Smart people have avoided thinking black and white for centuries, while dumb people will continue to react stupidly. So it is a ridiculous claim of the authors that businessThink provides the reader with a completely new approach.)

Chapter 4: The second rule is "Create curiosity". Ask questions, refresh your beliefs and forget about hierarchy and titles.
(This is of course not bad advice, but the examples cited range from the inaccurate - Grace Murray Hopper inventing the COBOL language - to the unproven in practice - the company IDEO reinventing the shopping cart in a TV show -, indicating a lack of serious knowledge or adequate research by Marcum and Smith on this topic. This shallowness of the authors is also evident from other parts of the book, e.g. in the beginning of Chapter 5 they cite a research result but instead of referencing the original publication they refer to another book. I would expect that if you make an experiment a starting point of a chapter in your book, you would actually read the original report in full, not just some interpretation of it.)

Enough said... If you are really in need all these ideas then I doubt that you will profit from any book, including this one. I give two stars for the glitters of humor and for the honesty of the authors' own failure stories.
Shistus
The days of jumping into the deep end of the pool and seeing if you sink or swim are long over. The key to success in today's business world is preparation and you do that by thinking. In this excellent book, the authors, through an easy to understand eight rule model, show readers how to rid themselves of the the "that's the way we've always done it" mentality and to develop a "seventh sense" for knowing what or will not work. As the authors' say, "predetermined, premeditated, premature solutions have no inherent value. Zero!

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