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on October 8, 2007
You can always learn something. You may learn much from this book, but in my case, not much. I should have noticed the hyperbole on the dust jacket. "What do you want your business to look like in twenty years?" This is plainly absurd. In a fast-changing environment with so many contingencies one can't predict five years out, maybe not even five months. One needs the ability to be adaptable and agile. Just think back twenty years ago, before Google, before cell phones, before we were in so many wars around the world, before the real-estate boom, before the dot-com boom and bust.
This book is based on Christian religious precepts that I find unhelpful. The world is not a static place; and if you just follow the steps, the assumption is, the desired results will miraculously appear.
I found no mention of intuition, the ability to be present, and the value of un-structured time. Purpose is assumed to be good, but often the opposite is true in exploration. Not having a goal is where creativity and change can be allowed to flourish. The Koto School of Philosophy's action-intuition makes more sense in a dynamic world. In a static world, one can get by with imitating so-called successful people.
Sadly, the book reads more like just one more recipe. Externally imposed strictures are resisted by creative and imaginative minds, but this book doesn't seem to be aimed at the thoughtful. Even the title is clichéd sports analogy.