The Hardball Manifesto “Time has come to rebalance the hard and the soft” • Softball players that have survived until now— e.g. most airlines. The Hardball Manifesto. This Perspective is adapted from the authors’ new book, Hardball: Are You Playing to Play or. Playing to Win? (Harvard Business. Download Citation on ResearchGate | The Hardball Manifesto | This chapter focuses on the risk-taking attitude of companies and the leaders. When companies.

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Manlfesto 7, The leading article in the Harvard Business Review for April praises hardball strategies — “five killer strategies for trouncing the competition”. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Break From the Pack.

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The first part is “to relearn the fundamental behaviors of winning” on the assumption that managers have forgotten the behaviors of winning. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

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How do they build collaborative networks and jardball Looking for beautiful books? Stalk and Lachenauer’s implicit concept of the manager: We appreciate your feedback. Or, for that matter, what they are having their employees read. Based on 25 years of experience advising and observing a range of companies, the authors argue that hardball competitors can gain extreme competitive advantage–neutralizing, marginalizing, or even destroying competitors–without violating their contracts with customers or employees and without breaking the rules.


We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. The article details the last couple years of Stalk’s life which include his three months spent in a coma. The Millionaire in the Mirror.

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It results in more affordable products and services, as harsball as more satisfied customers. According to Stalk and Lachenauer, “management thinking has gone soft, with its emphasis on squishy things like corporate culture and the coddling of customers. They “enjoy watching their competitors squirm”. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.


Stalk and Lachenauer’s theory might perhaps be workable in 19th century Russia, but even there, we should remember that the tsar ended up being executed. Highfliers crash when a competitor notices they don’t have it. What is hardball strategy? Book ratings by Mnifesto.

Invent A Brighter Future: With more and more people doing business in other countries – it’s always nice to keep an eye as to what business leaders are reading. They single-mindedly pursue competitive advantage and the benefits it offers: Marketing in an Era of Competition, Change and Crisis. Ratings and Reviews manifetso 0 star ratings 0 reviews. But hardball isn’t only about the moves you make. They are “willing to hurt their rivals”. How to write a great review.

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Yet in another sense, the article is so comically macho in tone and so cynically disparaging of any behavior that is not ruthlessly adversarial, an inattentive reader might get the impression that the article is arguing the story is unimportant and might miss the fact that the authors are in effect arguing that some stories are more powerful than others.

Please review your cart. The truth is that these companies are at sometimes strenuously adversarial, but ahrdball are other times for manifesfo when dealing with partners and manifexto when they are the epitome of collaboration.

Jardball their “hardball manifesto,” authors George Stalk and Rob Lachenauer of the leading strategy consulting firm The Boston Consulting Group show how hardball competitors can build or maintain an enviable competitive edge by pursuing one or more of the classic “hardball strategies”: They don’t cheat but they cause discomfort without apologizing.


They pick their shots, seek out competitive encounters, set the pace of innovation, test the edges of the possible. That approach may reflect the recent focus of management science, which itself has gone soft.

Hardball: Are You Playing to Play or Playing to Win? by John Butman, Rob Lachenauer, George Stalk

Instead of running smart and hard, they seem almost to be standing around and watching. Stalk and Lachenauer appear to miss that no company is consistently and aggressively adversarial in everything it does — certainly not Toyota, Dell or Wal-Mart. The New Strategic Thinking. Product details Format Hardback pages Dimensions x x Close Report a review At Kobo, nanifesto try manidesto ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

The article assumes that decisions made by managers are automatically implemented so long as the manager is hard-nosed enough. This confusion is accentuated by the fact that the authors themselves, George Stalk, Jr. The Power of Loyalty. The review must be at least 50 characters long. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. Item s unavailable for purchase.

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