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The Shibumi Strategy: A Powerful Way to Create Meaningful Change

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Gold Medal Winner, Business Fable, 2012 Axiom Business Book Awards

A personal leadership fable on applying principles of Zen to work & life choices.

"The Shibumi Strategy" is a little book about a big breakthrough. It tells the story of a hardworking family man who finds himself in crisis when his company closes. Through his struggle, and guidance from unlikely sources,
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ebook, 176 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Jossey-Bass
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Lars K Jensen
A great and quick read on personal development based on key Japanese concepts, such as kaizen. It works; you don't get an in-depth introduction but you get a hunger to learn more about these 'tools' for improvement, reflection etc. It's a fable, so don't expect an award-winning plot to the story - but for me it works anyway. Although at one point you get 'the shibumi seven' thrown at you all at once. That never really caught in with me, maybe it was because of the garden comparison.

But, in spit
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Debbi
Listened (from Audible dot com), and found enjoyable and instructional. Listened in one sitting (a few hours while doing chores at home).
I recommend it.
Karen Mardahl
This passed by in my friends' lists of read books and it caught my eye. Maybe it is serendipitous, but it really suited my mindset. First of all, I was tempted by the quick read or quick listen in audiobook form. :) I thought, why not, give it a try.

It doesn't have any answers, but it gave me inspiration. I have been working on the Getting Things Done strategy all this year, and progress is showing in small ways. It is a long process to improve habits. There are no quick wins. That is one of the
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Silash Ruparell
This review also appears on my blog www.silashruparell.com

My one liner: Simplicity. Austerity and the subtraction of the non-essential. Quietude and stillness. Asymmetry and Seductive Imperfection. Naturalness without artifice. Subtlety and Suggestion. Incremental improvement produces immense change in the long run. Told as a fable, this book provides a nice template for self-review.

Ok, so maybe you have or haven’t read Shibumi, the 1979 fictional thriller by Trevenian, reviewed in my previous p
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Phil Simon
The only other "business fiction" book that I read was Death by Meeting. By way of background, I absolutely loved May's second book - In Pursuit of Elegance. May's style consistently leaves me wanting more. Like "Elegance", "Shibumi" says quite a bit in relatively few pages. It's a quick read with a really interesting point: sometimes we have to do less to do more. You could apply its principles to many pursuits and, as someone marketing his own books, should heed the advice of the book. Highly ...more
Walt DeGrange
Simple tale that uses a story to illustrate the meaning of Shibumi.
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