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- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: August 8, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005GBVH5K
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That said, most of the time when I flipped the page and saw the referenced person - Muhammad Yunnus, General McMaster, or Malcolm Gladwell - as I reader of Tom Ricks' Fiasco, Banker to the Poor, The Tipping Point, and books on Lean Start-Up and Customer Development, I already knew where the author was headed and was left underwhelmed.
I'm not usually moved to review books on Amazon, however, I honestly believe the book is overrated as it stands with a lot of four and five star reviews. The book has a great title that certainly drew me in, yet I didn't find anything groundbreaking inside.
I often measure content I consume according to how much I think about it the next day. This book left me with a number of outstanding insights that I apply consistently.
Sims explains that when it comes to getting great work out of people be the student a coworker or yourself, the key seems to be to praise people for *effort* that they put in rather than merely praising them for their outcomes. It seems silly given that context to say that this book achieves great things but it does!
The book is well researched, and draws from a number of different fields. While many business books focus solely on one industry or one school of thought, Sims draws from an incredibly diverse palette to establish some consistent themes. We hear stories from comedians, military leaders, filmmakers, architects, and even a few entrepreneurs.
The key insight from this book is to treat life is an experiment where failure teaches as much a success. If you can scale your bets to the right size (a.k.a. little) is show that failures are less painful and allow course corrections. You can then place larger bets on things that will be successful. Trust me on this little bet -- buy the book.
It seems like the publisher noticed the book was a bit light, so they've added page after page of notes, references, resources to explore, etc; nearly 30% of the book is puff. Frankly, you could go to the author's Q&A page on Amazon, read the interview, and have all the ideas and value of the book for 5 minutes reading, and $0. Save your time and your money on this one.
As Sims explains, his book's proposition is based on an experimental approach that involves a lot of little bets and certain creative methods to identify possibilities and build up to great outcomes eventually, after frequent failures. (Actually, experimental innovation has no failures; rather, there are initiatives that have not as yet succeeded, each of which is a precious learning opportunity.) "At the core of this experimental approach, little bets are concrete actions taken to discover, test, and develop ideas that are achievable and affordable. They begin as creative possibilities that get iterated and refined over time, and they are particularly valuable when trying to navigate amid uncertainty, create something new, or attend to open-ended problems.Read more ›
Making little bets is about doing little tests. Try something. Get feedback. Refine. Get more feedback. The creative process is a hands-on experiment. Lasting, reproducible success comes from small corrections over time. The feedback you get from making little bets leads to the best outcomes... the ones you didn't and couldn't predict.
I was fortunate to get my hands on an advance proof of "Little Bets" and was hooked from the introduction. Having been a courtroom criminal defense lawyer for more than a decade, having built and sold a successful tech company, and now working on my second tech start-up, this book spoke to me. Although I didn't know what to call it at the time, my successes in the courtroom and in business came from taking a little bets approach.
If you are creative (especially if you work in corporate America), this book will probably solidify what you already know in your heart and give you the tools, confidence and case-studies to challenge the status quo. If you manage creative people, you can't afford to overlook this remarkable book. And if you're a parent, or teacher, or coach, or community leader, this book will give you tools that will make a world of difference to those who look up to you.
Do yourself a favor. Order this book now.
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"Little Bets" explores how we can begin to think like master entrepreneurs. He asserts that the "creative process of discovery" can assist in the creation of some... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donovan Peterson
I am a student at the University of Baltimore enrolled in the survey Entrepreneurship course. This book was part of our required reading and I will say that it was better than any... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Little Bets is a great leaning experience. I am a student taking a entrepreneurship class at the University of Baltimore and Professor Tiago assigned this book which has really... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this book.
First, 'Little Bets' is well-written for a book of its type, with a simple, straightforward narrative that gets the facts across. Read more
I am a University of Baltimore student enrolled in the survey Entrepreneurship course and that this was my recommended reading. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Capri
As a high tech entrepreneur, I rate “Little Bets” right up there with my other favorite startup book, "Crossing the Chasm. Read morePublished 5 months ago by E. Thomas
I think this book is underrated. It has as much impact on my thinking as The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, but it's nowhere near as celebrated. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Caroline L.
I found it fascinating to find out that this is a valid and effective way to approach creativity in a highly practical way. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Bull