Repeatability: Build Enduring Businesses for a World of Constant Change

    By Chris Zook, James Allen
Is constant reinvention the key to winning in fast-paced world? This title reveals a truth: successful companies that endure maintain a form of simplicity at their core. It equips companies to deal successfully with complexity, the silent killer of profitable growth.
James Allen was born in Leicester, England, in 1864. After the unexpected death of his father, he left school at age fifteen in order to help support his family. For the next twenty-three years, Allen worked, read, and observed the world around him. At age thirty-eight, he wrote "From Poverty to Power, "one of the first motivational books. His next book, "As a ManThinketh", established his reputation as an inspirational writer. Although his writing career lasted only ten years, until his death in 1912, Allen produced twenty titles, which continue to motivate and inspire.


""Repeatability" is a terrific guide to adapting your business for success in uncertain times."
- Ken Chenault, Chairman and CEO, American Express
"Very few businesses move beyond surviving to actually thriving and winning in their segments. The secret is to focus on what truly makes them unique, and to frequently refine and adapt this to changing circumstances through a repeatable business model. This requires hard thinking on why your business exists, and strict discipline to stay focused. Chris Zook and James Allen show how this can be achieved through clear thinking and hard, enduring effort."
- Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, CEO and President, LEGO Group
"Strategy is more than a plan, more than a vision. Strategy is about delivering something better to customers than your competitors every day, which means translating strategy into front line actions and behavior. It is about capabilities, it is about engagement. "Repeatability" is the missing link to turn strategy into action."
- Sandy Ogg, Operating Partner, Blackstone
"Driving profitable growth year after year requires a synergy of various aspects--vision, strategy, execution, continuous learning--along with passion and commitment to organizational goals. Repeatability offers practicable ideas on how CEOs can develop and implement a business model to empower leaders across the organization to replicate a proven growth formula."
- A. M. Naik, Chairman and Managing Director, Larsen & Toubro Limited
"For most industrial capitalists, the secret to success is being able to churn out the same product over and over, with uniform quality and at a predictable price. Zook and Allen argue that the key to strategic success is a company's ability to do approximately the same thing with its business model, replicating the essential voodoo it does so well, in new markets and with new products. It's a killer argument, one no strategist can afford to brush off."
- Walter Kiechel III, author,


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ISBN 9781422143308
Language English
Pages 270
Publish Date 03/01/2012
Published 03/2012
Publisher Harvard Business School Press

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