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It's Not the Big That Eat the Small...It's the Fast That Eat the Slow: How to Use Speed as a Competitive Tool in Business

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Conventional wisdom once told us big companies are unbeatable... and eat smaller competitors for breakfast.

Not anymore. These days It's Not the Big that Eat the Small... It's the FAST that Eat the Slow!

Jason Jennings and Laurence Haughton discovered what separates today's icons of speed from everybody else.

They asked questions like:

What is the difference between speed and
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 16th 2002 by HarperBusiness
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Feb 03, 2008 Nick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Blue Ocean Strategy
This is one of the first book I bought and also my first business book. Lots of great anecdotes on how large companies get bogged down by bureaucracy, incumbent turtles and bozos, and the absence of rules such as learning from mistakes, implementing innovation, letting the best idea win. One idea from the book (which I see appear elsewhere, and probably did not originate from the book) is what to do when you don't like your job: put up with it, leave, or try to change it. The book do ...more
If you are only mildy curious about the topic, give it a pass. If you really want some good ideas and are going to take a few notes along the way, pick it up.

This is one of those books where the title pretty much tells you the idea. I heard the author a few years ago give a presentation on this topic. Quite frankly, it was a better presentation. The book reads like typical consultant fodder - I will use five businesses as the perfect examples of my ideas and then beat you to death with them.

I've been inspired by it so much I apply it to the context of my small business. This book validates the way I believe great service should be delivered thought It can be tiring to always be moving fast, so this is a point I find we need to decide for ourselves when speed may kill us vs help us.
This is one of my favorite business books and one I've requested employees read. Innovation comes from those companies and individuals who can invent and adapt quickly, change as needed and move at a speed normally not capable by large organizations with heavy bureaucracy. There's a few points within the book that make me scratch my head and question the direction of the author, however these are overshadowed by the overall message.
Troy Marshall
this is a great book
it shows the the fast that eat the slow... just like the rabbit and turtle know...
Arie K.
Great book beside Good to Great, need to be quick to grab every opportunities available.
Great book! It's a quick and easy read but also filled with valuable ideas.
This is a great book.
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Jason Jennings (b. May 31, 1956, Negaunee, Michigan) is the author of the 2001 Harper Collins NY Times bestseller,[1] It's Not The big That Eat The Small - It's The Fast That Eat The Slow,[2] and his subsequent business bestsellers for Penguin Putnam , Less Is More[3] (2004) and Think Big-Act Small[4] (2006).

He began his career as a broadcast journalist and later owned radio stations in Oklahoma,
More about Jason Jennings...
Think Big, Act Small: How America's Most Profitable Companies Keep the Start-up Spirit Alive The Reinventors: How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change Less Is More: How Great Companies Use Productivity Hit the Ground Running: A Manual for New Leaders The High-Speed Company: Creating Urgency and Growth in a Nanosecond Culture

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