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Chief Culture Officer: How to Create a Living, Breathing Corporation

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  132 ratings  ·  15 reviews
How can you become Steve Jobs, A.G. Lafley, or David Ogilvy? Hint: read this book.
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Published November 1st 2009 by Basic Books (AZ) (first published 2009)
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University of Chicago Magazine
Grant McCracken, AM’76, PhD’81
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"Trend spotter: Canadian anthropologist Grant McCracken, AM’76, PhD’81, has built an unconventional career as an observer of American culture."

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Greg
Nov 24, 2010 Greg rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students of corporate culture, organizational managers and leaders
For those interested in corporate culture, Chief Culture Officer is an interesting take on establishing, changing, maintaining, and understanding organizational cultures. The examples McCracken gives are often insightful, though not always. Sometimes they are a stretch, and are more easily explained in other ways than as artifacts of culture or cultural understanding. Another complaint...the book often sounds like an extended pitch for the creation of the position of chief culture officer (CCO), ...more
Sherin
The book Chief Cultural Officer is something that should have been written at least 10 years ago. In today's fast changing society, it is unimaginable not to take into account cultural trends while making major business decisions. The misconception is that it is easy to know the culture of the consumers and we don't need a separate person for the job. This is because people focus on the latest fads and what is 'cool' and think that that is what will be successful. However, the author stresses on ...more
Ryan Holiday
Books are always better when you find unexpectedly find yourself in the acknowledgments. That being said, Chief Culture Officer is very good. Grant McCracken is one of a handful of business writers and bloggers who a) has a deep understanding and love for the topics he covers, b) writes about them in an inspiring and unexpected way, and c) isn't a tool. I take a special joy in obscure allusions or connections and I get the feeling that Grant does, too. I really think someone who had previously b ...more
Hiten Samtani
This is the single most important book I've read this year. McCracken employs his considerable experience as an anthropologist to peer into the labyrinth of corporate America, and provides engaging examples to guide the reader along the way.

McCracken discusses the perils of personality cults, the value of treating cultural knowledge as a professional competence, the distinction between fast and slow culture, and the power of empathy. His examples are witty, informative, and transformative,rangi
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Paul
BusinessWeek Best Innovation Books of 2009
"Contending that culture is an overlooked factor in successful businesses, anthropologist and Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Grant McCracken makes the case for the creation of a chief culture officer atop each company. Entertaining and provocative—in a chapter called "Philistines," he directs disdain at such figures as Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen and Scott Cook of Intuit—a ton of examples and case studies make
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Jessica Lindgren
Some good insights, but I think I misunderstand the title CCO - I thought it meant internal culture more than how external culture affects the business.
Pedro Gil nieva
Hasta ahora el concepto no es malo, algunos de sus ejemplos y sus dichos no son del todo correctos y tal vez dramatiza un poco para hacer llegar su punto (Por ejemplo que Microsoft genero la explosión del Silicon Valley).

Aun así, el tema de que un negocio (y una persona para el caso) debe tener en cuenta la "Cultura" y mas específicamente la "Cultura Popular" en su radar como parte integral del negocio, es un concepto muy valido e interesante.

Elizabeth Arveda
Moved this from "currently reading" to "to-read" because I read the intro and ch. 1, then didn't pick it up again. I was looking at it for CMST490, but since that course isn't on my teaching schedule in the foreseeable future, this one goes back on the shelf for a while. It's still a contender for CMST490, though.
Ken Schafer
While nominally a business book, even Grant McCracken has trouble keeping up the charade. This book is far more than a business book - it's a plea for us to give what I'd term "Applied Anthropology" a chance to evolve and flourish.

A great read.
Genie
This seemed quite self serving for a business book. Some interesting tidbits about consumer facing companies, but it didn't relate to my industry the way I was hoping it would...
steph
eh... not what i expected it to be about and not all that interesting to me. couldn't finish it.
Bethany
Great, timely hypothesis and provocation - solution/recommendation is not fully baked.
Lisa
Mar 27, 2010 Lisa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Molly Recommendation.
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Nov 03, 2010 Coolkat marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Could not put the book down
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