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Green Recovery: Get Lean, Get Smart, and Emerge from the Downturn on Top Hardcover – August 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1422166543 ISBN-10: 1422166546
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“Winston's experience in speaking on green innovations at blue-chip companies shines through in a multitude of anecdotes throughout the 208-page booklet…” - Reuters, August 20, 2009

About the Author

Andrew Winston advises many of the world's largest companies on how to profit from environmental thinking. A globally recognized expert on green business, he is coauthor of the bestseller Green to Gold. Andrew's earlier career included corporate strategy at Boston Consulting Group and management positions at Time Warner and MTV.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422166546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422166543
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,432,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For its 30th anniversary, Inc Magazine created a list of 30 books that all managers should own, covering 70 years of strategy thinking from Drucker to Porter to Collins. Andrew Winston's book, Green to Gold, was on this very short list. As founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, Andrew advises some of the world's leading companies; sits on sustainability advisory boards for the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Hewlett-Packard (HP), and Unilever; and serves as a Sustainability Advisor to PwC.

His earlier career included advising companies on corporate strategy while at the Boston Consulting Group and management positions in strategy and marketing at Time Warner and MTV. Today, Andrew is also a highly respected and dynamic speaker, reaching audiences of thousands of people around the world and acting as a practical evangelist for the business benefits of going green. He received his BA in Economics from Princeton, an MBA from Columbia, and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale.

Andrew's new book, The Big Pivot, out in early 2014, explores how companies can manage the profound challenges of a hotter, scarcer, more open world. The Big Pivot provides a new roadmap, helping executives create a more prosperous business, economy, and world.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Fleischer on July 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Andrew Winston's new book, Green Recovery, comes in a small, green package, but it packs a big, relevant punch. It is a must read for CEOs who still think going green will cost too much and for mid-level and senior managers responsible for identifying strategic sustainability initiatives to focus on.

Like his public speaking style, Winston's writing voice is personable, authentic and engaging. Building on his previous book Green to Gold and his sustainability consulting experience, he presents a clear, green recovery framework that outlines four key paths to a leaner, greener world:

* Get lean: Invest in energy efficiency, waste reduction and other quick-return strategies, and use the cost savings to fund innovation.

* Get smart: Gather data on your environmental footprint throughout the value chain, and use the data to identify priorities, encourage creativity and support employee engagement.

* Get creative: Encourage staff to ask heretical questions and implement strategies to nurture innovation.

* Get engaged: Galvanize your staff by making a real commitment to sustainability, and encourage alignment with core business goals by linking performance to key metrics.

Winston advises that companies that follow this framework will, "...survive today's travails, thrive as things get better and emerge from the downturn on top."

Top reasons to read Green Recovery

1. Business case for going green: Winston does a great job making the business case for why going green is a vital business strategy, with specific examples that address six business drivers. You might want to get a copy for your CEO, or other senior staff, if they are not fully on board yet.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank Roettgers on February 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Andrew S. Winston stands for quality. Not for nothing this book and Green to Gold are bestselling books in the field of environmentalism and green business strategies. In "Green Recovery" he outlines tactics and techniques how to arise from an economical downturn, making use of green and sustainable business strategies. Although, while I was reading the book, I sometimes thought that Winston sees it a bit black and white (regarding becoming green being the only way out of a crisis) I was very impressed by this book.

"Green Recovery" is not only written as a guide on how to go green, stay green, and become the next environmental steward, but also provides the reader with a lot of background information. This mix made the book a nice read apart from being an extremely valuable resource for everyone who tries to restructure an organization. If you want to get a few tips and tricks on how to become greener and more successful at the same time, this book delivers you insights from years of experience.

- Frank Roettgers, author of Going Green Together - How to Align Employees with Green Strategies
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By Jim Estill on February 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Last night I read Andrew S. Winston's new book Green Recovery - Get Lean, Get Smart, And Emerge From the Downturn on Top.

The book was awesome and obvious. The gist of the message is it's smart business to be green and that many of the things which companies do to save money are actually environmentally friendly.

One of my tenants in business has always been to try to get 100% utilization of resources, so if I happen to have a board room that wasn't being used, if I get someone to use it (and pay something for that), it was a good way to cover my overheads. It also happens to be good for the environment because I was already going to pay to heat that part of the building.

For some reason, there is a lot of 'Green' in my family. My parents must have raised us right. One brother owns a biodiesel refinery and has written a book on biodiesel. My other brother Glen runs a wind farm and my son has started a business selling solar installations.

The book talks about:
Get lean by revving up your energy and resource efficiency to survive the downturn.
Get smart by using environmental data about products and value chains to save money, innovate, and generate competitive advantage.
Get creative and rejuvenate your innovation efforts by asking heretical questions such as "Can we run our business with no fossil fuels?"
Get your people engaged and excited by asking employees to solve their own, the company's, and even the world's environmental challenges.
Winston had written a previous book called Green to Gold, which described how Green is good for business.

Any business that invests money is always looking for a positive ROI and some parts of ROI are tough to measure.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Coral Rose on July 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Green Recovery is a quick, thought provoking fairly simple read. Applicable for anyone in an organization, from "Champions" on any level to the C-Suite.

The message is simple; GET GREEN NOW while much of the business world is in survival mode. Your business will WIN NOW in the short term, and while you are getting green now, you will also create long term shareholder value and competitive advantage.

Andrew Winston makes the business case for going green NOW ....not later. He outlines a simple strategic framework that is applicable for any size business be it small or of mega mammoth proportions. His framework of Get Lean, Get Smart, Get Creative and Get Engaged along with the business successes outlined in the book, allow for any reader to gain insights into how to spur innovation and identify quick wins in several areas, including energy and waste. These quick wins, in many cases can immediately impact your bottom line with a nice shade of green.

Where will your business be when oil prices rebound after this crunch is over? Having survived the economic crisis, will your company be in a position to survive an energy crisis, the likes of which we have never seen? Andrew gives you the framework to follow to green your business now, and avoid that pitfall.

Those companies that green up now will survive the long term non-renewable energy crunch that is surely headed our way. That is reason enough to read Green Recovery, Get Lean, Get Smart and YOU WILL... Emerge from the Downturn on Top!!!!

Coral Rose
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