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Think simple : how smart leaders defeat complexity

Author: Ken Segall
Publisher: New York : Portfolio/Penguin, 2016.
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-- Ken Segall's first book, Insanely Simple In practice, simplicity was Jobs's most powerful business weapon. It helped Apple distinguish its products and create entirely new product categories, and it put distance between Apple and its competitors. But, while Apple is a terrific example of a company that has been propelled by the power of simplicity, it is hardly alone. Inspired by the ways Apple has benefited from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Segall, Ken.
Think simple.
New York : Portfolio/Penguin, [2016]
(DLC) 2016017400
(OCoLC)948426934
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ken Segall
ISBN: 9780698180864 0698180860
OCLC Number: 951008412
Description: 1 online resource
Responsibility: Ken Segall.

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-- Ken Segall's first book, Insanely Simple In practice, simplicity was Jobs's most powerful business weapon. It helped Apple distinguish its products and create entirely new product categories, and it put distance between Apple and its competitors. But, while Apple is a terrific example of a company that has been propelled by the power of simplicity, it is hardly alone. Inspired by the ways Apple has benefited from the power of simplicity, Segall set out to find other companies that were traveling this path. He wanted to learn more about the thinking of their leaders. He felt that if he could chronicle the experiences of those who have successfully simplified, it would be an invaluable guide for everyone who would like to do the same. This book is the result of his journey into simplicity in companies around the world. Many of the "heroes of simplicity "profiled in this book are probably not on your list of usual suspects. Segall had conversations with over forty men and women from a wide range of industries, in companies big and small, established and up-and-coming, famous and below under the radar. Each leader has a fascinating point of view about how simplicity has helped improve his or her company and set it apart from competitors. Each is unique, yet, as you'll find, many display interesting similarities. From Jerry Greenfield, you'll hear how Ben & Jerry's grew from local to global without losing its focus and simple values. From the CEO of one of Australia's biggest banks, you'll hear how simplicity is attracting new customers. From former Apple Senior Vice President Ron Johnson, you'll hear how a simple idea aligned the team creating the worldwide network of Apple Stores. You'll discover how simplicity influences the CEOs of The Container Store and Whole Foods. You'll get insights on simplification from the worlds of fashion, automobiles, entertainment, and technology. You'll even get inside the blue heads of the Blue Man Group, who developed a business strategy to defeat complexity before it could take root. No principle is more important for businesses today than simplicity. In this insightful and often surprising book, you will learn how to harness the power of simplicity to build lasting, profitable organizations.

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