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Tactics: The Art and Science of Success

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  9 reviews
What does it take to succeed in today's competitive world? Is it luck? Talent? Why do some people emerge as successful while others - who seem to work just as hard - never make it? Are special skills required? This book is based upon 50 interviews with men and women - eg, Chris Bonington, Mark McCormack, Terence Conran, Malcolm Forbes, Hans Eysenck - who have been ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published October 1st 1984 by Little Brown and Company (first published 1984)
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Ilya Mrz
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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Success is a complex mix of luck, individual style, motivation, genetics, creativity,
environment, talent, skills, work and the industry you join.
Most successful people are focused and lead balanced lives.
Hard work and training can make a difference, especially if you lack natural talent.
The stereotypical successful person – quick-tempered, brash and impatient – is
often not the one who really succeeds.
Many people in leadership roles really do not have a full grasp of their situations.
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I hated this book at the beginning, as it seemed to be just a collection of anecdotes as successful people reflected on their paths to success. Then I began to see the genius - de Bono is a leading teacher of how to think. In this book, he does not presume to tell you what to think about what leads to success. Instead, he simply collates a rich sample of information from successful people and presents it in the loosest information frame possible, leaving it to the reader to decide what to think ...more
Margaret Ng
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love this book, simply because it is a 'bible' of tools for success. It is a culmination of interviews with almost 50 professionals, experts, reputable and successful people, the likes of Sir Clive Sinclair, Sting and Malcolm Forbes. Every chapter ends with a list of 10 to 20 Tactics. I need not go back and read every paragraph these lists of tactics refresh my memory and success skills.
Abe Hanara
May 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this read. Didn't read all of it.
Apr 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
I got little from this book as it focusses too much on the first hand experience of a selection of people.
Sneha Goley
Mar 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
it's boring and the author hasn't pointed out a student thing we should know, we know the obvious characteristics which made them successful
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Vipin Goyal
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One thing I could never learn in my life is Tactics. The book is exhaustive in new ideas and very useful for those who wish to be successful in this materialistic world.
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This book is a compilation of interviews, it's boring to read.
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Edward de Bono is a Maltese physician, author, inventor, and consultant. He is best known as the originator of the term lateral thinking (structured creativity) and the leading proponent of the deliberate teaching of thinking in schools.