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This book, full of actual examples, aims to bring to life all of the dynamic, subtlety, and variety of business strategy as it is practiced in the real world and in real companies. The author does not purport to be inventing strategy in this book or to be revealing the secrets of Japanese business and strategic planning. Rather, he is exploring with the reader the ways in This book, full of actual examples, aims to bring to life all of the dynamic, subtlety, and variety of business strategy as it is practiced in the real world and in real companies. The author does not purport to be inventing strategy in this book or to be revealing the secrets of Japanese business and strategic planning. Rather, he is exploring with the reader the ways in which the strategist must think, the key principles and thought patterns that real-world strategists have used to move their companies forward in Japan and throughout the world. He explores the relationship of the Strategic Triangle formed by the company, the customer, and the competition and shows how these factors must be the basis for all strategic thinking and planning.


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This book, full of actual examples, aims to bring to life all of the dynamic, subtlety, and variety of business strategy as it is practiced in the real world and in real companies. The author does not purport to be inventing strategy in this book or to be revealing the secrets of Japanese business and strategic planning. Rather, he is exploring with the reader the ways in This book, full of actual examples, aims to bring to life all of the dynamic, subtlety, and variety of business strategy as it is practiced in the real world and in real companies. The author does not purport to be inventing strategy in this book or to be revealing the secrets of Japanese business and strategic planning. Rather, he is exploring with the reader the ways in which the strategist must think, the key principles and thought patterns that real-world strategists have used to move their companies forward in Japan and throughout the world. He explores the relationship of the Strategic Triangle formed by the company, the customer, and the competition and shows how these factors must be the basis for all strategic thinking and planning.

30 review for The Mind of the Strategist: The Art of Japanese Business

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nanette

    A must-read for every member of an organization, not just strategists. This is not a how-to do strategic planning type of book. Its a book that discusses ways, techniques and example to practice strategic thinking - which is actually what is lacking in most professionals these day. Not deliberately but corporate folk have altered their thought process by corporate functions and day to day requirements so this book is a good review / reminder on how to develop and consistently exercise strategic A must-read for every member of an organization, not just strategists. This is not a how-to do strategic planning type of book. Its a book that discusses ways, techniques and example to practice strategic thinking - which is actually what is lacking in most professionals these day. Not deliberately but corporate folk have altered their thought process by corporate functions and day to day requirements so this book is a good review / reminder on how to develop and consistently exercise strategic thinking. Also contains useful tips for discussion and understanding cause and effect of business proble

  2. 5 out of 5

    Omar Mohamed Alaa

    “All this leads me to a final onservation. Strategic success cannot be reduced to a formula, nor can anyone become a strategic thinker merely by reading a book. Nevertheless, there are habits kf mind and models of thinking that can be acquired through practice to help you free the creative power of your subconscious and improve your odds of coming up with winning strategic concepts” ~ The Mind of the Startegist ~ Kenichi Ohmae I got this book as a recommendation from a podcast about how to be a c “All this leads me to a final onservation. Strategic success cannot be reduced to a formula, nor can anyone become a strategic thinker merely by reading a book. Nevertheless, there are habits kf mind and models of thinking that can be acquired through practice to help you free the creative power of your subconscious and improve your odds of coming up with winning strategic concepts” ~ The Mind of the Startegist ~ Kenichi Ohmae I got this book as a recommendation from a podcast about how to be a consultant and work for McKinsey. It has a lot kf very good frameworks, yet it is very outdated, the examples and the context kf the book is from back in the 1980’s, so as much as the knowledge is powerfull, as much as I wasn’t able to relate it to modern day problems. One very pleasant surprise though was the insight shared about the Japanese educational system and how it developed the Japanese work ethic we see today. This helped me understand a lot about the current Japanese work culture and answered some questions I had about the amazing discipline they have. If I would rate this book, I would give it 3 out of 5. It is not in Diwan Bookstore nor is it at Books Bike I got it from Amazon via Edfa3ly.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sunny Jaggi

    As a foreigner working in Japan, I am keen to understand and decipher the hidden mysteries of Japanese business culture. I expected this book to provide more valuable insights on how the Japanese culture is integrated with corporate environment. However, I think there are two major areas which can be improved in this book: 1) have more emphasis on business culture in Japan since this book largely focus on general strategy, 2) I think the narrative can be simplified as I was sometimes struggling As a foreigner working in Japan, I am keen to understand and decipher the hidden mysteries of Japanese business culture. I expected this book to provide more valuable insights on how the Japanese culture is integrated with corporate environment. However, I think there are two major areas which can be improved in this book: 1) have more emphasis on business culture in Japan since this book largely focus on general strategy, 2) I think the narrative can be simplified as I was sometimes struggling to understand the author’s point. Worth to mention is that this book is written in the 1980s.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ietrio

    I had a good laugh. The hive mind in which the employee is a cell and in late 20th century managers are expected to commit suicide for mismanagement, also a national debt bigger than the GDP, well, funny. It has worked for Marie Kondo given the small places in which many people live in inner city Japan. But art and strategy combined with Japanese Business?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jun Wang

    i have read several books by Kenichi Ohmae these two weeks, he seems to be thinking methods to apply the situations, he focus on strategy, structure, big picture. lots of formulas/flow charts/diagrams to map the situations - very difficult for Chinese, who are more interested in people-people relations, not these charts. kind of difficult for me ;-(

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    My KPMG-Partner-boss turned me onto this back when I was a young and impressionable consultant in 1995. This book started it all for me with my various pursuits in strategy over the years. A must read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lone Wong

    Fascinating & Inspirational. I think whoever running a business should read this book. Although the book is translated from Japanese to English. There are some sentences I don't really get it. This book is not about tactics or formula to hone a strategic business plan. But to cultivate your creative thinking mind to be able to think like one of the strategists. And the fundamental fact of the book is to be able to let an entrepreneur know what is strategic business plan are about distinguished i Fascinating & Inspirational. I think whoever running a business should read this book. Although the book is translated from Japanese to English. There are some sentences I don't really get it. This book is not about tactics or formula to hone a strategic business plan. But to cultivate your creative thinking mind to be able to think like one of the strategists. And the fundamental fact of the book is to be able to let an entrepreneur know what is strategic business plan are about distinguished it from all another kind of business planning. In a word, competitive advantage. The author basically interpreted four routes to simple strategic advantages. - Identify the functional differentiation (Key Factor of Success) - Exploiting competitor's weakness (Relative superiority) - Challenge the Status Quo (Aggressive Initiatives) - Maximize User Benefit (Strategic Degree of Freedom) And the secrets of the mind of strategist lies in making people think, from the very start, what can we do? Instead of what can't we do?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sandeep Shah

    A must-read for all the people in the organization. The top guys in business might be aware of the contents in this book. It is a must for others. It widens your outlook towards competition and different options available to stay ahead of the competition. This contains examples from 1960-1980s and may not be directly relevant. Although the process described getting a competitive edge can still be followed today. A good book to understand the role of a strategist.

  9. 5 out of 5

    MaryEllen Ruddell

    Excellent concepts that still work for the most part. If you can get past the outdated examples and male dominated references, you can see how the concepts can be applied. Would love an update that includes new concepts as well.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ponatshegelo Katlholo

    Every leader should read this. So every manager should. There are things that we are never exposed to at school, university, or college. This is tangible truth. Great read which is Eye-opening to how we should do things in business to enable growth and good positioning in customers.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Peter Sanchez

    I felt this was a very hard read. I had to force myself to sit down and turn pages just to finish it. I don't feel like I got a ton out of it. Maybe if my businesses were much much larger it would be more beneficial to me. I feel like it's geared toward conglomerates.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mijere Zimba

    GOOD BOOK FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO START A BUSINESS OR WANTS TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL

  13. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    really struggled to get through this. kept on having to refer back to acronyms, and a lot of the material is very dated

  14. 5 out of 5

    Prateek

    Must read for insights in Business & Strategy, especially Japanese companies. Thought the examples given are several decades old, but you get the essence. Must read for insights in Business & Strategy, especially Japanese companies. Thought the examples given are several decades old, but you get the essence.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Harish B

    Excellent book on strategy. Lucid with insights. Must read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jun

    Good take away from Japanese management strategy of business.

  17. 4 out of 5

    James K Worswick

    A great read for strategic thinking. It goes more in depth into the aspects of the classical approach, and the types of questions to ask in order to breakthrough or improve on the current approach.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Siddharth Bhaskar

    Good overview of how to think strategically in order to create competitive advantage. Also, a gives a good insight into how management consultants tackle growth challenges.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Okolo

    I like that he started in the beginning to point out clearly that intuition must guide our judgment and decisions after analyzing carefully all available facts. He points clearly the need to groom creativity and imagination in our daily activities, in that way we will avoid being crammed into meaningless thread mills of unproductive work ethics.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sujata Sahni

    Inventive Genius according to Thomas Edison is " 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration". The insight spark goes hand in hand with method, discipline and hardwork. While creativity cannot be taught, it can be cultivated over a period of time with the key ingredients of sensitivity, will and receptiveness nurtured over a period of time. Constraints to achieving the vision are reality of customer, competition and company's inherent competencies, ripeness or timing - If the market is not ready the most s Inventive Genius according to Thomas Edison is " 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration". The insight spark goes hand in hand with method, discipline and hardwork. While creativity cannot be taught, it can be cultivated over a period of time with the key ingredients of sensitivity, will and receptiveness nurtured over a period of time. Constraints to achieving the vision are reality of customer, competition and company's inherent competencies, ripeness or timing - If the market is not ready the most successful of strategies can fail and finally understanding the resource competencies and limitations. The book covers aspects of the art of strategic thinking, building successful strategies and modern strategic realities and cites examples from Japan and the West to compare and contrast.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    An outstandingly insightful journey into the art of business strategy. Seriously engaging and important . Would that a revised edition of the work is done to encompass the current cyber-physically related business space on the cusps of Industry 4.o While Kenichi Ohmae's four-pronged approach to strategy is fundamentally germane to success, it also behoves the new entrant to find practical ways to position their business for profit. In business (local or global), what remains certain is the inter An outstandingly insightful journey into the art of business strategy. Seriously engaging and important . Would that a revised edition of the work is done to encompass the current cyber-physically related business space on the cusps of Industry 4.o While Kenichi Ohmae's four-pronged approach to strategy is fundamentally germane to success, it also behoves the new entrant to find practical ways to position their business for profit. In business (local or global), what remains certain is the interrelatedness of all players (niche mates or not) and this interconnectedness affects every business directly or indirectly. A strategy that will properly position your business within this global clockwork of business is key to success. Great work. Glad that lessons learnt from it will become a crucial part of my growing repertoire of strategy tools.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paul W

    Another classic strategy text which outlines five conditions for a successful company: 1. The business domain must be clearly defined 2, The strategic scenario should be understood and clearly articulated 3. Critical strategic choices must be confronted - with an implied requirement that an organisation achieve strategic fit with its people, technology and processes 4. Progress must be realistically paced - guard against overreaching 5. Remain focused on the objectives - but not so focused that if th Another classic strategy text which outlines five conditions for a successful company: 1. The business domain must be clearly defined 2, The strategic scenario should be understood and clearly articulated 3. Critical strategic choices must be confronted - with an implied requirement that an organisation achieve strategic fit with its people, technology and processes 4. Progress must be realistically paced - guard against overreaching 5. Remain focused on the objectives - but not so focused that if the world changes, you do not adapt. Another rewarding read when reflecting on an organisation's strategy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    K

    The book starts out excellently. It gives a very good overview of how a manager can inculcate strategic thinking in his work. The 3Cs model is also well-explained. However halfway through the book, the author starts focusing on differences between Japanese and Western businesses, and this is where the book falters. Given that this books was written decades ago, some of the ideas discussed in the book are no longer relevant. Read the first two parts of the book for a decent introduction to strate The book starts out excellently. It gives a very good overview of how a manager can inculcate strategic thinking in his work. The 3Cs model is also well-explained. However halfway through the book, the author starts focusing on differences between Japanese and Western businesses, and this is where the book falters. Given that this books was written decades ago, some of the ideas discussed in the book are no longer relevant. Read the first two parts of the book for a decent introduction to strategic thinking

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    This book was recommended to me by a mentor as being valuable for a career in business/economics. Despite being passionate about this field, I couldn't get through more than half of this book. I may pick it up again, but for now I'm hopeful I can find a more interesting source for the information I need. :/

  25. 4 out of 5

    Siddharth Agarwal

    The book is about how to think and make sense of your thoughts pertaining to the problem at hand. Though it is about business, do not expect too many jargons or numerical scenario and hence the makes an excellent read. The best part is that the problems are explained in a very logical and thought provoking manner considering as many angles as possible.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nishesh Gupta

    Written by a master strategist - Kenichi Ohmae...the book after the first few chapters becomes a strategy class text book...however, if you do have the capability to labour on...a great read and some very nice ideas can be derived from the same.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dave Bolton

    A little dated towards the end, but in terms of raw business strategy this is a classic.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nina Selezneva

    A rather extensive in terms of examples, but not exhaustive, to my taste. An excellent read authored by an excellent strategist, in any case.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Camilo Gomez

    First chapters are very interesting and relevant still today. The second half of the book examines cases from Japan in the 80´s so it might not appeal to everyone.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Xuan Do

    Asking the right questions

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