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Karl Marx was right. The workers do control the means of production; 1.3 kilograms of brain holds the key to all our futures. Successful companies are different from the competition, and difference comes from the way people think rather than what companies make. In the new world, it's talent that makes the capital dance. Business as usual is uninspired and that's no longer Karl Marx was right. The workers do control the means of production; 1.3 kilograms of brain holds the key to all our futures. Successful companies are different from the competition, and difference comes from the way people think rather than what companies make. In the new world, it's talent that makes the capital dance. Business as usual is uninspired and that's no longer good enough; talent doesn't want to work there; customers don't want to buy there. In these times we need Funky Business.


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Karl Marx was right. The workers do control the means of production; 1.3 kilograms of brain holds the key to all our futures. Successful companies are different from the competition, and difference comes from the way people think rather than what companies make. In the new world, it's talent that makes the capital dance. Business as usual is uninspired and that's no longer Karl Marx was right. The workers do control the means of production; 1.3 kilograms of brain holds the key to all our futures. Successful companies are different from the competition, and difference comes from the way people think rather than what companies make. In the new world, it's talent that makes the capital dance. Business as usual is uninspired and that's no longer good enough; talent doesn't want to work there; customers don't want to buy there. In these times we need Funky Business.

30 review for Funky Business: Talent Makes Capital Dance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ilona

    If you are a younger reader, you might hardly understand why this book was so popular back in the day. Here are some examples for you which might correlate to possible experiences for you today and in the future: - The authors are as excited as you will be when you will have the first all-included trip to a skiing resort on Mars. - The authors are as enthusiastic as you will be during your first hologram "call" (probably there will be another name for this). - The authors are using word "Funky" so If you are a younger reader, you might hardly understand why this book was so popular back in the day. Here are some examples for you which might correlate to possible experiences for you today and in the future: - The authors are as excited as you will be when you will have the first all-included trip to a skiing resort on Mars. - The authors are as enthusiastic as you will be during your first hologram "call" (probably there will be another name for this). - The authors are using word "Funky" so much because they think it's a cool word, just like you did two years ago with YOLO. - The authors are telling obvious things in a overly pumped-up tone because global internet was a new thing back in 2003 and it was (and is) so crazily exciting. If you wonder how it feels to be a part of this, just remember the first time you were about to have sex: it's a mixture of confusion, happiness and need to share your feelings with all of the world. But instead of posting on Instagram, you write a book that pretends to be about economics. I've left the book somewhere around p. 105, and usually I do not do that, but the book is outdated. It is great to see how excited the authors are about this whole World Wide Web thing:) and yet for someone who was in there as well, it's a bit nostalgic but as well irrelevant.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bogdan

    This book is not taking any step forward from the line of "management and business" books promoted in US. For me it just another one from the series of Alvin Tofler, Stephen Covey, Denis Rivers and others. It is just a mix of known facts, but presented systemically, lots of quotes and "evidence" supporting one main idea. I cannot say I totally agree their argumentation, but perhaps it is just the fact that I come from a different culture. Indeed the world has changed in the last 300 years dramati This book is not taking any step forward from the line of "management and business" books promoted in US. For me it just another one from the series of Alvin Tofler, Stephen Covey, Denis Rivers and others. It is just a mix of known facts, but presented systemically, lots of quotes and "evidence" supporting one main idea. I cannot say I totally agree their argumentation, but perhaps it is just the fact that I come from a different culture. Indeed the world has changed in the last 300 years dramatically, and this has influenced everything in our lives. And the sparkle that triggered this change was the protestant revolution, fueling it even up to our days. I am part of a more traditionalist society and I do not subscribe totally to some of the trends they believe will shape in the near future the life and work place. Overall, an interesting book, that should not be read as if it holds the absolute truth. My copy of this book is in Romanian.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Left this one somewhere halfway through and am not planning on going back. Either it was my translation, or ...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nenad

    I may be a bit too hush but the book is, in many ways, like reading one of those believe in yourself cheap psychology books. it's pop economics. Nevertheless it makes some valid points, though do not expect an eye-opener. The problem for me, maybe was that I expected much more due to the hype around the book and the authors - it was a bit of a let down. I may be a bit too hush but the book is, in many ways, like reading one of those believe in yourself cheap psychology books. it's pop economics. Nevertheless it makes some valid points, though do not expect an eye-opener. The problem for me, maybe was that I expected much more due to the hype around the book and the authors - it was a bit of a let down.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alberto

    It's a great book for entrepreneurs, but you must consider the context it was written at (before the whole dot-com boom), so it's outdated but the core idea is valid and enthusiastic. It's a great book for entrepreneurs, but you must consider the context it was written at (before the whole dot-com boom), so it's outdated but the core idea is valid and enthusiastic.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kiersten

    Started it, didn't finish it--couldn't get into it. Started it, didn't finish it--couldn't get into it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bryce

    This book is about the future of business. The book was written in 2002 so is a little outdated however the principles in the book still apply to the real world today. If you have limited knowledge about how business is changing and transforming into the future then you’ll get some great info out of this book. If you’re well versed on the the state of the future of business then a more up-to-date book on the future of business would be more beneficial.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nat Ziv

    OUTDATED AND BIASED, don't waste your time Not thought provoking at all. There is no thought. A lot of provocative name dropping for the sake of name dropping, very "funky" way of telling History. On the back cover of the book:"FB is rigourously researched..." - Business voice Now, see p. 73 "The bureaucratic firm is dead. It is just too small for effective exploitation and too big for energetic experimentation". They are confusing wishful thinking and the reality. This is not research. For instance OUTDATED AND BIASED, don't waste your time Not thought provoking at all. There is no thought. A lot of provocative name dropping for the sake of name dropping, very "funky" way of telling History. On the back cover of the book:"FB is rigourously researched..." - Business voice Now, see p. 73 "The bureaucratic firm is dead. It is just too small for effective exploitation and too big for energetic experimentation". They are confusing wishful thinking and the reality. This is not research. For instance, Banks will never work like startups. After this financial crisis, we see they are still there (thanks to taxpayers' money) and behave bureaucratically. Everyone who works for a big company is in a bureaucracy. p78: "when stokke launched it tripp trapp children's chair in France it discovered that families did not sit down for meals together any more". What a lie! French mothers might be the most rigid mothers concerning meals. Moreover, if it were true, Tripp trapp would have disappeared. Some 15 years after publishing this book, it seems tripp trapp still sells well, whereas this book doesn't. Very good scientific research! This book is full of preremptory statements that are just the opinions of authors very fond of globalisation and new trends. It's a neomaniac book that hasn't passed the test of time. After a hundred pages, I just stopped because I felt insulted. They really take the reader for an idiot

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Poyiadgi

    This is the best book I read in 2007 - hugley inspirational and a pleasure to read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joe Raimondo

    I saw Nordstrom speak at a conference -- very insightful. Everyone needs to create temporary monopolies.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tania

    over use of the word 'funky'. over use of the word 'funky'.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Natasa Tovornik

    I guess it is true what the authors write at the beginning - this book is not gonna tell you what to think, it is going to make you think. A classic to star thinking differently.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sintija

    I got to page 160 and all I got was “funky world, so cool, customers dictate everything, yay funky world”! I suppose I got tired of this reading it in year 2019, it probably was spot on when the book came out. Some interesting facts but all in all I expected more actionable recommendations or something. I’m not fond of the “This is so cool, look at some cool examples, then figure out how to be cool” way.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Irina Starodubtseva

    Though the book was written more than 20 years ago, it is still relevant to modern economy. The possible reason for that is the fact that it deals with philosophical questions much more than with practical ones and has a special poignant language. There was no plot whatsoever and nothing revolutionary, but a bit of funny revelations...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Allan

    Still a good read after nearly 20 years. Perhaps not as current as some modern business books but still contains relevant and interesting ideas. Technology has progressed quicker than anyone had expected and had a greater impact on business. However their theories on globalisation, tribalism an "new" organisations have come to pass... Still a good read after nearly 20 years. Perhaps not as current as some modern business books but still contains relevant and interesting ideas. Technology has progressed quicker than anyone had expected and had a greater impact on business. However their theories on globalisation, tribalism an "new" organisations have come to pass...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hermano

    Great read, I wish I had read this book 17 years ago. These guys were dead on as to what was going to happen in the business world. I saw them speak at a conference in Toronto years ago, and they are funny live.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Narek Manukyan

    Rather interesting in its time-frame though also rather long and twisting (the first 150+ pages could be summed up in about 50 max).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dasha Vakhina

    First I read this book in the first year of the business school and was excited about the new for me corporate world and business future. But the flow of ideas was too wide, so I couldn't get any clear conclusion from it. The I decided to read (actually to listen on my way to work) the book again upon my graduation...and after four years of university and some work experience I see these guys (btw I think they are really interesting and inspiring professors) mostly as theoretics. Their view of t First I read this book in the first year of the business school and was excited about the new for me corporate world and business future. But the flow of ideas was too wide, so I couldn't get any clear conclusion from it. The I decided to read (actually to listen on my way to work) the book again upon my graduation...and after four years of university and some work experience I see these guys (btw I think they are really interesting and inspiring professors) mostly as theoretics. Their view of the world is too simplistic and ideal, they want it to look like they write about it but the book doesnt have much in common with what the real business is. At least in Eastern Europe. Anyway the book is nice to read exactly for the freshmen to get excited about the business. The language is too simple, as I call it "western business type of books", I mean the reading isn't challenging, so it is just ok to listen to audioversion on your way.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Franco Arda

    This book is about the funky (business) world we are living in. All three books written by the authors are such a pleasure to read ... so informative ... unconvential ... and non-conform. The reader will take many notes about funky business is truly global, working values, globally linked society, senseless supply, deregulated life, tribalisation, innovation etc. We live in a winner takes all world where normal = nothing. It's funky out there, very funky. PS; This book is an up-dated version of t This book is about the funky (business) world we are living in. All three books written by the authors are such a pleasure to read ... so informative ... unconvential ... and non-conform. The reader will take many notes about funky business is truly global, working values, globally linked society, senseless supply, deregulated life, tribalisation, innovation etc. We live in a winner takes all world where normal = nothing. It's funky out there, very funky. PS; This book is an up-dated version of their fantastic first book 'Funky Business; Talent Makes Capital Dance'. One controversial part of the first book is left out for more general acceptance :-)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Luka

    Don't expect for it to reveal "hidden secrets you never new before in your life!!!", but it will sum up the today's world in such a lucid manner, being very clear about everything it touches - cutting right through the bullshit :) It's funny that this book is from 2002, with ideas that 90 percent of your surroundings STILL don't understand and live by. You'll feel that especially if you have any contact with companies. So get the hell OUT of that nursing home community and just read this. Don't expect for it to reveal "hidden secrets you never new before in your life!!!", but it will sum up the today's world in such a lucid manner, being very clear about everything it touches - cutting right through the bullshit :) It's funny that this book is from 2002, with ideas that 90 percent of your surroundings STILL don't understand and live by. You'll feel that especially if you have any contact with companies. So get the hell OUT of that nursing home community and just read this.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cosmin Cosma

    Good reading, enjoyable! But it lacks the practical side. Apart from a description of the nowadays way of doing business, written in a fancy postmodern style, no uses for learning something really applicable.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peter Hutchinson

    This book was very enjoyable to read. I had similar thoughts to theirs so I was very pleased to see my thoughts come to life in someone else's book. It confirmed many things I thought about. I read it again and underlined points I learnt. Very good book. This book was very enjoyable to read. I had similar thoughts to theirs so I was very pleased to see my thoughts come to life in someone else's book. It confirmed many things I thought about. I read it again and underlined points I learnt. Very good book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dmitry

    Reads like Powerpoint presentation :))) Fun read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    It's a very interesting book, that helps you see and discover more about you, about how talent and an open mind can be used to climb the ladder of success. It's a very interesting book, that helps you see and discover more about you, about how talent and an open mind can be used to climb the ladder of success.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Fredrik Stenbeck

    A classic of it's time. A classic of it's time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Francis

    A good book in its time. But it speaks about the unavoidable and constant change, so 14 years later it must be for definition obsolete. Anyway you can get some inetersting ideas from it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sergei

    Visionary and still relevant. Must read for the future minded.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Yevgeniya

    Is lost among hundreds of similar books

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vladimir

    Reading it second time to refresh and having much pleaseure again!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Javier

    Repetitive, repetitive, repetitive. I´m getting tired of this "one-idea" books. Repetitive, repetitive, repetitive. I´m getting tired of this "one-idea" books.

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