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Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself

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Practically Radical is a manifesto for change and a manual for making it happen—in an era when change is the name of the game.

Businesspeople everywhere are engaging in a dramatic "rethink" of how they lead, work, and get results. In an age of fierce competition and stubborn recession, the status quo just doesn't cut it. But how do you break new ground when there is so much
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by William Morrow (first published December 15th 2010)
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Dan Schiff
This is fine as a pop management book looking at a lot of companies, plus some nonprofits and government entities, that found success doing things differently. Some of the examples Taylor offers are actually pretty interesting. Zappos has been written about plenty already, but it really is an interesting company that puts customer service above all else, with stellar results. Also intriguing are the software firm Rite-Solutions, which developed an internal stock market of ideas to tap into the c ...more
David Owen
This books helps inspire you to step back, take off those corporate tunnel vision goggles, and see your business from an entirely different perspective. Just as Ford first envisioned the assembly line after viewing a Chicago slaughterhouse, sometimes you need to look outside your business and completely question all assumptions within your industry. I enjoyed the behind the scenes journeys of Ryanair, Zappos, and Umpqua Bank and how they transformed their industries by simply doing things differ ...more
This book just barely eeks out a 4th star. To be honest the writing and structure is only ok. It gets a point across... kinda. It doesn't do a good job of having a cohesive and succinct point, so it lacks power on that front.

That said, this book is a treasure chest of interesting ideas and case studies. These little tidbits have a lot of insight in them and make the book quite worthwhile.

It seems like the book could have been truly special with either a strong thesis or an observer viewpoint.
Apr 27, 2011 Ora added it
He seemed to stretch out the content a bit to fill out the book, but there was some useful, though-provoking advice. The two that stick with me the most are "Move the Big Dots", from a hospital CEO, and Taylor's advice to "start with a clean sheet of paper" rather than make incremental improvements. It would have been helpful to have more examples from outside of healthcare and more in depth about how change was achieved.
May 27, 2014 Matt added it
75% complete and it is a great business book because it tackles business problems from a story-telling perspective. Many of the business books I read are not organized as effectively as this one and it makes it a pleasure.

The concept is not new but the framing of it, in these times, is noteworthy and a good refresher. It has been a real thought starter for me.
Dave Emmett
I really enjoyed the case studies in this book about companies that stand for something more than just making a profit.

It's interesting because this book is kind of making the case for what we call user experience design: looking at what matters to the people who use your service/product, and finding ways to improve that experience.
Chad Stutzman
Great book, I got lots of creative ideas for my organization which happens to be a church. I love the broad set of examples used to demonstrate how to connect with people and set yourself apart. Loved the term humbition and agree that the best leaders have that mindset of humility and ambition.
While better than most, it's still a business book.
Elaine W
Just started, who's to say?
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