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Profit from the Core: A Return to Growth in Turbulent Times

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When Profit from the Core was published in 2001, it became an international bestseller, helping hundreds of companies find their way back to profitable growth after the bursting of the Internet bubble. The 2007 global financial meltdown reaffirmed the perils of pursuing heady growth through untested strategies, as firms in industries from finance to retailing to ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Harvard Business Review Press
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Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Boss recommended this book as it is so appropriate for the Casual Dining space and Chili's specific goals today...a little bit of a snoozer but definitely got more relatable later on. Good for higher management and those that make the decisions to read and digest. Lots of real-life examples and stats that put things in perspective.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read the original version of this book 20 or so years ago. There are only a few books that stick with you for so long. The core concept is fundamental to corporate success. Must read.
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Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the focus of building out understanding of, measuring, and accelerating your core assets. Where there is focus, there is progress.
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Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
In a world that is constantly changing opening up new opportunities, this book advocates focus on the company's core business. If the environment changes too much, then perhaps the core of the company would need to shift, it suggests.

I found that thesis to be logical. The book was easy to read and with many examples. Yet some of the then successful companies highlighted in the book are not still enjoying that success (a peril of writing a management book using live companies).

I recommend the
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
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I felt like this didn't say anything that Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies didn't already say...and say better. This was a lot of complicated strategy, over my head (understandably), and sometimes repetitive. I think it serves well as a reference for its particular topic, but as general core reading, it was a little bit too focused.
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Maybe having just been through business school, the concept seemed overly simple. It is a great reminder if how important the core business us, but also something which I learned quite a bit about getting my MBA.
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Chris Zook is a business writer and partner at Bain & Company, leading its Global Strategy Practice.
“The better performing of your business units are likely to be those operating the furthest below their full potential.” 0 likes
“The key to sustained and profitable growth is to find a repeatable formula that utilizes the most powerful and differentiated strengths in your core and applies them to a series of new "adjacent" markets.” 0 likes
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