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The Shibumi Strategy

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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, he l
Hardcover, 162 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by John Wiley & Sons (first published October 12th 2010)
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Lars K Jensen
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Rizvan Jaldeen
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little bit of personal Development
Mike Thelen
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
May's ability to put us in a position to learn is exceptional. Lean and Zen, in a harmonious blend. Not a 'zen' guy, but I can see the parallels between the two. ...more
Silash Ruparell
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Bob Wallner
Shibumi means...ummm... well it's not directly translatable into English. To paraphrase the author it is sort of a combination of learning and deep reflection that leads to the "Uh Ha" moment in your life that brings inner peace and where everything you are working for finally clicks.

In the book The Shibumi Strategy, author Matthew E. May uses a fable to illustrate what shibumi would look like in a real life setting. Our protagonist, Alex, has come into work to realize his company is closing the
Karen Mardahl
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Phil Simon
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
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
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If yo are interested in understanding the Japanese view of continuous improvement this book is easy to understand
Walt DeGrange
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple tale that uses a story to illustrate the meaning of Shibumi.
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