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Extreme Management: What They Teach at Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program [Kindle Edition]

Mark Stevens
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Book Description

The cutting edge management strategies taught at Harvard Business School's advanced management training programme are rendered accessible through this publication. It essentially provides a crash course in substantial management lessons.

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From Publishers Weekly

Originally created to provide the U.S. government with industrial managers who could address the business side of military logistics during WWII, Harvard's intensive nine-week curriculum for senior managers focuses on decision making, global competition, corporate finance, organizational competence and teamwork. Here, marketing consultant Stevens (King Icahn; Sudden Death: The Rise and Fall of E.F. Hutton) aims to distill the program's lessons, drawing on anecdotes from corporate executives who have completed the program and some faculty members (the school did not authorize this book). For example, one sales executive, a former military man, learned to change his authoritarian, micromanaging style to one that allows him to act as a source of experience and information, resulting in his subordinates more actively following his lead and working harder for him. Another learned that he is not always the expert; faced with employees trying to unionize, he reflected on the lessons of the Harvard course and rather than firing the union supporters, which would have been both incendiary and illegal he hired an accomplished labor lawyer. While it may appeal to executives accustomed to self-analysis and who have sought additional professional training, the book falls predictably short of its goal to recreate the Harvard experience for the reader.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From AudioFile

The program summarizes what's taught at the renowned management school, which was started during WWII and flourishes today as a rite of passage for top corporate executives. After framing the program's inception as a response to Hitler and then using Truman's decision to bomb Japan as an example of management resolve, the military emphasis diminishes, but not much. The writing is combative, even for today's take-no-prisoners corporations, and the reader needlessly exaggerates this. The program covers a lot of ground so quickly that the ideas sound like platitudes or clichés. This and the wordiness of the writing make it hard to tolerate despite the basic soundness of the management lessons. T.W. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • File Size: 363 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (March 1, 2002)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000Q9IWZU
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extreme is Extremely Lacking August 13, 2001
By A Customer
I was very excited when I purchased this book. I fully expected to at least learn some of the theory and thought behind the much-acclaimed Harvard B School's Advanced Management Program. The book failed to deliver. Contrary to what the cover implies, this book is NOT authorized by Harvard. The author did NOT even attend the program he wrote about. (The author SHOULD have taken some basic writing classes, as his writing style is positively painful. His thoughts meander, his concepts are clouded, he chooses awkward examples, and he has an uncanny gift for confusing what was clear, and complicating what was simple. While he may be bombastic and pretentious, a communicator he is not.)
Publisher's Weekly had it right when they said that "the book falls predictably short..." I also agree with the AudioFile reviewer who pointed out the "writing is combative... the ideas sound like platitudes or clichés...this and the wordiness of the writing make it hard to tolerate..."
My views might not have been so extreme had the book and its description not promised so much. Clearly, the book doesn't cover the curriculum of the Advanced Management Program. For the most part, it is a poorly organized summary of some of the author's interviews with a sampling of some the people who attended the Harvard program over the years. Extreme Management is extremely lacking to say the least. I would add that the name of the book and its cover are an embarrassingly transparent attempt to make money off the Harvard name.
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5.0 out of 5 stars meeting with few executives and professors January 7, 2003
By AShami
Poor ratings and skewed reviews by others prompted me to write this review to provide objective information for knowledge seekers.
In my view it is a good book considering the price i paid, reading time, breadth of topics, simplicity and few good examples of how high level concepts could be translated into actions. I felt like spending few hours in the company of professors and executives, what they shared made sense to me and made me collect their words as jewels. Where else could one find synthesized knowledge from people like Michael Porter, Fruhan and other renowned scholars within 190/200 pages? I liked the simple manner in which DuPont and other fundamental financial management concepts are explained. I wouldn't mind recommending it to anyone for casual reading during a 3hr flight. Indeed it is not a text book, should not be taken seriously and may not be permanent part of your collection. The book is NOT for technical person who likes to live in details, nor for one who tends to seek ready-made solutions, nor for one who is interested in structured learning or pursuing graduate degree in management. One finds elements of inspiration and motivation to act, hallmark of good books. The stuff about Harvard or text on cover is more of marketing gimmick but nowhere author claims school endorses his book. There is a clear statement to that fact so don't know what caused the confusion written in other reviews. What matters is that the interviews, wisdom and thought process shared by people is original and real.... writer did not make up those 7 OFP points or market competition strategies. Don't expect a book could make you good manager or reveal secrets of success - there is no formula book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money! January 2, 2004
This book has a great title but little else. I was not inspired and learned very little from the book. Based on this book, if I were responsible for Harvard's AMP Program I'd be distancing myself from Mark Stevens.
It's a better investment to spend your moeny on a bag of jelly beans than to purchase this book. Can I have my time back that was wasted reading this book?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extreme is Extremely Amateurish June 29, 2002
By A Customer
I picked up a used set of Extreme Management (book and audio) at a flea market. I should have saved my dollar. The book was laborious reading, bordering on pontification, so I tried the tape. What a mistake. If the amateurish and combative writing style was bad in print, the voice used on the tape made things exponentially worse - a classic case of really bad writing getting worse.
Here's the quick scoop:
1. I checked with Harvard and they did NOT authorize this book.
2. The author did NOT attend the classes he wrote about.
3. The writing style is very reminiscent of pre-canned smoke-and-mirrors business-speak...much verbosity, little content.
4. The author sounds positively angry about something.
5. I was angry, too, only because I wasted a dollar on this junk.
I agree with the jist of almost every reviewer on this page, especially Publisher's Weekly and AudioFile. I should have read the reviews on this site first. Oh well, it was only a buck.
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More About the Author

Mark Stevens is a best selling author, CEO of MSCO, a results-driven management and marketing firm, and a popular media commentator on a host of business matters including marketing, branding, management and sales. Mr. Stevens is known for delivering business insights with blunt truths and unconventional wisdom.

Stevens shook the marketing establishment with his Business Week best seller, "Your Marketing Sucks" (Random House/Crown Business), and redefined the rules of management with "Your Management Sucks" (Random House/Crown Business, 2006).

Stevens' latest book, Your Company Sucks: It's Time To Declare War On Yourself (to be published Aug 2, 2011)idetifies the four reasons companies fail or simply get stuck in neutral and how to identify and address them so the business can break through the ice to new levels of success. Stevens also demonstrates that "customer satisfaction" is no longer acceptable: winning companies must Thrill their customers/clients.

Stevens is the author of 24 business-related books including the best sellers: "The Big Eight"; "King Icahn"; "Sudden Death: The Rise and Fall of EF Hutton" (a Wall Street Journal bestseller and Library Journal "Business Book of the Year"); and the enormously popular "Your Marketing Sucks."

Stevens' firm, MSCO--founded in 1995-- has representsed a stellar roster of clients including Nike, Starwood, GE, Guardian Life, Intrawest, Estee Lauder, The MONY group, Environmental Systems Products, Saturday Evening Post , Virgin Atlantic, and many others.. Through integrated marketing campaigns, MSCO focuses on achieving results for its clients instead of awards that serve egos. Mark Stevens possesses an innovative and iconoclastic view of the business world, having served as a journalist and nationally syndicated columnist and having held management positions at several global corporations. His incisive understanding of critical business issues is geared toward achieving extraordinary growth and success for his clients.

Stevens is an in-demand speaker and a frequent guest commentator on Fox Business Channel and a wide range of media from Entrepreneur to Dow Jones.

Stevens writes the wildly successful blog, "Unconventional Thinking."

Books by Mark Stevens have been published in USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, China, Germany, Spain, Japan, Russia and Brazil.


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