Sunday, February 12, 2006

Book Choices

Looking at some of my recent book choices, I have to say that I did not enjoy "That They May Face The Rising Sun" by John McGahern. I found it to be a very boring book and even a bit confusing. Just a lot of dialogue about simple, almost trivial things. Didn't finish it, I'm afraid.

On the other hand, I was most surprised that I enjoyed a book called "Blue Ocean Strategy" by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. I am sometimes sceptical of new paradigms that seem to be built on thin foundations. However, I found the book to be very interesting and stimulating. It provides another approach to strategy development that seems to be quite creative. While I do not think that the method would work solely on its own, I think that, coupled with more established strategy development approaches, it can offer something new and worthwhile. It gives another view of strategy, customers, markets, pricing, and leadership; this is useful. One element of the book that really surprised me was its treatment of "tipping point leadership." This is an idea that I was really sceptical of, but found Kim and Mauborgne's simple treatment of the topic quite compelling.

I recommend this book to all who are interested in strategy development. I think that it can add further useful tools to the strategy toolkit. I intend to use the ideas in the book in developing strategy for my new position, where a creative, challenging strategy is badly needed. I hope to report further on this topic shortly.