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How Stella Saved the Farm: A Tale About Making Innovation Happen

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  303 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
How Stella Saved the Farm is a simple parable about making innovation happen. Written by the authors of theNew York Times bestselling Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere, the story resonates in organizations of all types—public sector, private sector, and social sector, from mammoth corporations to small organizations employing just a few dozen people. ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by St. Martin's Press (first published September 1st 2011)
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Aks Madrid
A short, simple read that you can finish in a day if one is not too busy. It is helpful for young business people like me who has no educational background in running a business but have been asked by their folks to carry on the business which they have began. It doesn't really tell you the details and bulk of intensive business management/ development but it has provided an overview of the basic elements enough to understand where to begin with in making your kind of business thrive. The book i ...more
Rachel P
Apr 07, 2013 Rachel P rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won a free copy of “How Stella Saved the Farm” as a first-reads giveaway.

This short, 160 page novella is about the future of an animal run farm after the boss decides to retire. It addresses issues of innovation, leadership, and organizational change. It’s slightly less boring than a text book but not what I would consider fun or light reading.

I would agree with another reviewer that this book is best read/discussed as a group. It’s probably best suited for high school or college students. How
Jane Olsen
I am a little confused by all the raves about this book. I am not a business person (I am a teacher), but my boss gave all of us this book to read to orient us towards innovation at our school. I suppose there are good lessons in here about recognizing the challenges involved in innovation, but it seemed to me as though it was mostly just one crisis after another (which seemed like they should have been anticipated, but somehow came out of nowhere), each of which was resolved through injections ...more
Kitten Kisser
Sep 04, 2014 Kitten Kisser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
Normally I don't care for parables & was hesitant about how beneficial this book could be to my small home based *ironically* organic farm business. After seeing the glowing reviews I figured I'd give it a go & I'm glad that I did. It is a quick read; very simple in it's execution & it works! Although this is geared towards large business, there is still much to learn as the owner of a small business. While I do not have to hire employees or have sections of business requiring depart ...more
Inovaţia şi creativitatea nu reprezintă apanajul doar al domeniilor artistice sau umaniste, ci pot constitui o sursă excelentă de dezvoltare şi pentru sfera economică. Vijay Govindarajan şi Chris Trimble au descris, sub forma unei fabule moderne, Cum a salvat Stella ferma, avantajele pe care o gândire inovatoare le are în relansarea şi revitalizarea unei afaceri. Cu toate acestea, este o abordare privită cu destul de multă reticenţă, într-un domeniu mai conservator decât ne-am imagina. În plus, ...more
Sara Mahmoud
Apr 15, 2014 Sara Mahmoud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personally I finished reading it in one day, it's a short story written in a very simple way talks about innovation process. you should read it if you are applying for business school! it gives you insight about how to manage a business and how to bring innovation to it. The story presents the difficulties faced by any business owner to bring innovation to his business and how to solve them in logical scientific way.

The author tries to let you get the idea in an easy manner instead of reading bo
Jan 31, 2015 Aditi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet little easy read which teaches you valuable management lessons in the form of a fable. You can finish the book in one go as the language is simple and the font is bigger with lots of picture.

The journey of windsor farm towards bringing in innovation is interesting and the incidents that happen are carefully chosen to depict those that happen in real-life corporate world.

this book can be used as a tool to stimulate discussion in groups on making innovation happen.

overall, a goo
May 24, 2013 VaultOfBooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By Vijay Govindrajan and Chris Trimble. Grade: A
After I turned 12, I never thought I would ever read an illustrated novel again. After all, illustrated books are for small children, aren’t they? But here I was, all grown up, back to a book with pictures and a message…
How Stella Saved the Farm is a simple parable about making innovation happen. Grounded in over a decade of award-winning research, it’s a story that resonates with organizations of all types, from global corporations to small compan
Aug 03, 2013 Forrest rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Presented in the form of an illustrated fable, this cross between Animal Farm and a management book looks at the challenges of growing a company through business innovation. Cash flow and resource limits, the philosophical clash between adherents of the core business and the new recruits, the personal frictions caused by any organizational change, and other sore spots are all covered in a friendly, memorable, and easily digestible way.

The flip side of that is the sense of being talked down to, l
Nov 01, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was given this book I was told two things: it is not Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ and it is a quick read. Both turned out to be true. Of all the professional and personal development books I have read, I think this was the first to be illustrated.

This book is an allegory that uses an animal-run farm to convey some of the challenges that people face in a work setting. Though the point of the book is to show how innovation comes from idea to fruition, there is a host of workplace dynamic underto
Stella sure helped out a lot and the farm really made sure that resources were provided as much as they could afford in this little story. I picked up this book because I like to read business books and this one just seemed like it was trying hard to be different. The business world has really tried hard to catch on to what the entertainment industry has known since the beginning of time, if you want to teach someone about something, use a story.

The story of How Stella saved the Farm is apparent
Nov 14, 2013 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: managers and innovation teams
As a business consultant, I read lots of books designed to help teams improve and this was a parable that would be useful for groups to read with their managers about change and innovation. A light read, somewhat entertaining but not as much fun as the Fred Factor or Built to Sell, other parables in business.

Come on an parable adventure with Stella the sheep who lives and works at an animal run farm that is in dire straits as many of the other animal farms are being bought up by the large huma
If Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie met George Orwell, the result might be a tale like this fable. Any person who has been through a management change at work, who is involved in innovation or who must create or embrace operational change can benefit from the simplistic, yet insightful story of Stella and the farm. The farm is in trouble and only innovating a new business plan will save it. The practicalities and realities of making business changes are explored in a fun and easy read. A great ca ...more
Brian Black
Apr 15, 2015 Brian Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who works in healthcare, i found this relevant to the need to radically change how we deliver care while navigating a delicate ecosystem of workers.

If you are expecting many deep and undiscovered insights, you may be disappointed. The principles are simple and memorable and as a business guy who loves Animal Farm, it met the test.
Michael Graber
Jun 07, 2014 Michael Graber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this little book is the gateway fable for handling shape-shifting innovations within established organizations. while a little coy and unimaginative, the lessons stand as unmutable truths about the perils, pitfalls, and pit-bulls on the path to positive change.
Oct 28, 2015 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good, quick read. This book summed up my experience over the past 2 years working on an innovation team within a large $7B+ company. A new business entry within an existing, highly efficient company is highly challenging but greatly rewarding.
May 28, 2015 Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did the job. Sometimes the characters being animals got in the way of the lesson, but not too often. I would recommend it to businesses struggling with change.
May 28, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple, engaging, challenging, direct, reflective.... a good little book that challenges you to pause and refocus on your business. Well worth the time and cost.
Michelle S. Berryman
Very quick read. Simple story, but on point and illustrative of how and why innovation is challenging within established businesses.
no matter what you think of the book, you can finish it in a brief time to figure out your impression since it's such a short read. listed as a fable, it's like a cliff's notes for innovation reading.

the story and characters do resonate and if a group reads it together, the fable can be a great case to play off of and refer to in thinking about group dynamics, leadership and innovation.

unfortunately, some of the language is ridiculous and i find the terrible illustration almost offensive to an
Ankur Sharma
It's a business fable, with story theme heavily borrowed from "Animal Farm". With reading because of the authors.
Michael Tarpinian
I read business fables because I expect one of them to be good—eventually. This was not it.
Nitin Gupta
Animal Farm version of Lean Startup. Too concise to be help, but ok to be read to kids.
Peter Hall
Entertaining parable about innovation that quickly encapsulates key lessons.
Mohammed Belyamani
light and quick reading... going through a FABLE, enjoying a fiction story!!
Oct 15, 2014 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work
This book caught me by surprise, although I'm not sure what I was expecting when I put this on hold, I'm pretty sure I wasn't expecting a parable about a bunch of animals running a farm. That being said, it was an interesting, if different way to teach a lesson about being a good leader and getting the best from your people. It was a quick read, rather superficial, but suitable for use in a beginning business class, retreat or team building exercise. The discussion questions at the end add to it ...more
Nov 13, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great, quick read on innovation!
Andreas Matern
Jun 25, 2015 Andreas Matern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this.
Kimberly Laplante
This is fable on innovation in business is a quick-read. I can see how it would help to facilitate group discussion and it is written at a level that any employee should be able to comprehend. While I appreciate the tactic of using a light-hearted fictional story to make a point, I don't feel that this story adequately covered the material of intent, namely innovation in business. It decisions made by the key players seemed impulsive and not well-thought out, which doesn't seem to be the best wa ...more
LeikHong Leow
Jan 17, 2014 LeikHong Leow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i like how the authors illustrated the learning of innovation and developing new business model via the animals farm story. it is indeed a simple and good read.
the story left a large room of thinking (reader) on how an organization can become when it come to change. The business model, people, competition, partner and many issues would arise.
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