It is a strategy so powerful and an execution-driven mind-set so relentless that companies use it to gain more than just competitive advantage - they achieve an industry dominance that is virtually unassailable and that competitors often try to explain away as unfair. In their hardball manifesto authors George Stalk and Rob Lachenauer of the leading strategy consulting firm The Boston Consulting Group show how hardball competitors can build or maintain an enviable competitive edge by pursuing one or more of the classic hardball strategies: unleash massive and overwhelming force, exploit anomalies, devastate profit sanctuaries, raise competitors' costs, and break compromises.Based on twenty-five years of experience advising and observing a range of companies, the authors argue that hardball competitors can gain extreme competitive advantage, without violating their contracts with customers or employees, and without breaking the rules.
NEWS & OPINION: January's International Best Sellers
Posted February 6, 2009, 4:19 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
With more and more people doing business in other countries - it's always nice to keep an eye as to what business leaders are reading. Or, for that matter, what they are having their employees read. .
NEWS & OPINION: Books People Like
Posted March 11, 2005, 4:46 PM with category of Marketing & Sales
Rob May likes Brand Hijack.
John Moore likes The One Thing You Need To You.
Mary Trigiani likes Blue Ocean Strategy.
NEWS & OPINION: George Stalk on front cover of Fast Company
Posted January 17, 2005, 6:11 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
You should have your February issue of Fast Company now.
It seems we can't stop talking about George Stalk (Hardball, Competing Against Time). The article details the last couple years of Stalk's life which include his three months spent in a coma.
NEWS & OPINION: More on the importance of customers
Posted January 12, 2005, 5:04 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Jack put up the quote on Monday from the new Peppers/Rogers book and Tom had the Drucker quotes yesterday. Both of those reminded me of a slide from the Tom Peters Re-Imagine Summit in December.
Tom was on kick about strategy and the put-up a slide about Hardball by George Stalk and Rob Lachenauer.
NEWS & OPINION: Fast Company Book Mentions - Dec. 2004
Posted December 9, 2004, 1:04 PM with category of Publishing Industry
I expanded my ongoing column on the business books mentioned in Fast Company to include all books. You'll see why.
In the Fast Talk section, they talk with Asya Muchnick, editor of Little, Brown.