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The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World by [Winston, Andrew S.]
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We live in a fundamentally changed world. It’s time for your approach to strategy to change, too.

The evidence is all around us. Extreme weather, driven by climate change, is shattering records all over the planet. Our natural resources are in greater demand than ever before as a billion more people enter the global middle class, wanting more of everything. Radical transparency is opening up company operations and supply chains to public scrutiny.

This is not some futuristic scenario or model to debate, but today’s reality. We've passed an economic tipping point. A weakening of the foundations of our planetary infrastructure is costing businesses dearly and putting our society at risk. The mega challenges of climate change, scarcity, and radical transparency threaten our ability to run an expanding global economy and are profoundly changing “business as usual.” But they also offer unprecedented opportunities: multi-trillion-dollar markets are in play, and the winners of this new game will profit mightily.

According to Andrew Winston, bestselling author (Green to Gold) and globally recognized business strategist, the way companies currently operate will not allow them to keep up with the current—and future—rate of change. They need to make the Big Pivot.

In this indispensable new book, Winston provides ten crucial strategies for leaders and companies ready to move boldly forward and win in this new reality. With concrete advice and tactics, and new stories from companies like British Telecom, Diageo, Dow, Ford, Nike, Unilever, Walmart, and many others, The Big Pivot will help you, and all of us, create more resilient businesses and a more prosperous world. This book is the blueprint to get you started.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (11 March 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CEO field guide for thriving in a threatened world 9 April 2014
By Steven Cristol, Strategic Harmony Partners - Published on
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Dog-earing the pages of significance in Winston's new book quickly became a repetitive, futile exercise: I found significance on every page for any executive trying to simultaneously please customers, outwit competitors, and build a resilient and thriving enterprise for the long haul in the face of unprecedented macro challenges.

This is an uncommonly smart and constructive book, not only because of the specific strategies and executional guidance prescribed, but also because of the holistic big-picture perspective throughout that can only come from an author who has spent years confronting the interconnectedness of business performance, risk management, natural resources and ecosystem services, environmental challenges and opportunities, and satisfying human needs and desires in an ever more populous world. But perhaps its most distinguishing feature, among many, is that it's not just a book about what can be done in the face of climate change and scarcity -- it is ultimately a book about what MUST be done, who must do it, and the rewards that the doers will reap.

Winston has done the math. I found his approach to translating that math into setting company objectives especially compelling. Drawing on extremely diverse and highly credible sources, he makes a persuasive business case for doing what MUST be done to build a resilient company and sustain the planet. The book is laced with already-occurring examples from iconic companies reducing complex problems to concrete solutions you can build on.

The Big Pivot is at once a wake-up call to action, a pragmatic and hopeful bridge from today's ominous trajectory to a vision of sustainable innovation and a circular economy that is both required and exhilarating, and a thoughtful repository of ideas and springboards for getting there. But we're running out of time. Very quickly. Don't wait for summer beach reading. Read it now, act decisively, and prevail. Your shareholders -- and grandchildren -- will thank you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Guide to the Future of Business 2 April 2014
By Ram Nidumolu - Published on
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Andrew Winston's book is ambitious, innovative, heretical, and a delight to read! It is a book that every business manager and executive MUST read.

"The Big Pivot" puts forward nothing less than a vision and strategy for the future of the business enterprise. After laying the foundation for why we need a different mindset in business, it describes three key pivots that business leaders need to make regarding business vision, valuation and partnering.

Each chapter of the book is filled with fascinating new concepts, innovative ideas, great case studies, and especially, a "How to Execute" section that is very practical and understandable. Most of all, the book is a delight to read -- highly readable, humorous, fast-moving, and filled with examples of companies.

I think this is his best book, at the very top of books on resilient/sustainable business, and one of the best books out there on business in general. It is no wonder that the April 2014 issue of the Harvard Business Review featured a cover article on this book!

Put simply, "The Big Pivot" will establish the terms of business conversation for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Important Book 1 April 2014
By Alison Lueders - Published on
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Andrew Winston’s book lays out a clear and compelling case for addressing the threat of climate change now, instead of later. He explains the business reasons why further delay is actually bad for business. Climate change is here NOW: natural disasters cost the US over $100 billion in 2012 alone. And that figure is only going to rise.

As a business strategist who has advised the largest corporations for years, Winston understands the challenges they face. But the real bottom line is that if we don’t address climate change now, we won’t be around to debate business plans. We will have drowned, starved, or died in wars driven by too many people chasing too few resources. It’s that stark.

The book is not all gloom and doom - far from it. The threat of climate change creates enormous economic opportunities. We need new products and services that don’t harm the environment for a huge new global middle class. Business has the resources and the innovative skills to build a green economy. Let's do it!
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version has missing pages - Unreadable 9 May 2017
By Rowan L. - Published on
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I'm only on the first chapter and I keep coming to pages that are a continuation of a page that isn't there. It's not even readable. If I buy a book for Kindle I'd like to know that I'm getting the ENTIRE book. How much do you charge for a book that has half the pages ripped out? Unbelievable. This book was way too expensive for this and Kindle apparently doesn't let you return faulty products. I kind find a place to submit an issue ticket or get my money back. What a scam.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Distills leading-edge thinking into action-oriented, practical steps 20 March 2014
By Claire Sommer - Published on
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It's quite the balancing act to talk about humanity's coming catastrophes with a rational, business-minded focus, but strategist and author Andrew Winston pulls it off. That's because he knows what he's talking about. As he and others have said, "Business can't succeed in a world that fails."

To start, Winston briskly and clearly lays out the science. Failing is what awaits us if businesses don't start getting ready for climate-change fueled weather disasters, resource scarcities and a radically transparent global marketplace. Businesses need to make The Big Pivot to low/no-carbon, climate-resilient practices and strategies.

Then on to examples. Winston knows The Big Pivot--rapid and radical business transformation--is possible because he's seen and helped companies do it. He shares stories to show that change can come from decisive leadership rather just than the stick of regulation or crisis. These up-to-date case studies are perfect, sharable examples of what leading companies are doing today.

And finally, he offers 10 strategies that show why and how your company or organization can make big, bold moves for equally big returns on business stability and profitability.

I'm inspired by Winston's call for businesses to buck the short-term safety of a quarterly profits-obsessed status quo. It's time to pivot to a focus on long-term, science-based realities. With a certain climate-challenged future ahead of us, The Big Pivot gives us a realist's path to making sure it's a prosperous one too.