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Seduced by Success: How the Best Companies Survive the 9 Traps of Winning
Robert Herbold reveals the nine success traps that managers must avoid - from allowing a brand to get stale and losing agility to permitting subpar performance and letting processes run the business.
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by McGraw-Hill Companies
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One of the most interesting paradigm shifts in recent years involves a paradox: at a time when change is the only constant, precisely the same elements which result in a given company's success can often be the causes of its subsequent decline. That seems to be the core concept in this book in which Robert J. Herbold explains "how the best companies survive the 9 traps of winning." Conversely, many other of the best companies (however "best" may be defined) do not. The traps that Herbold identif ...more
You can tell it's a slow day at the library when I am reduced to reading management literature. That being said, this was well-written and I found myself wishing there were a similar volume about non-profit enterprises, like (say) large federal bureaucracies. It didn't make me wince. That is all I ask of management literature.