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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142216781X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422167816
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“a practical, working handbook for teams, organizations and corporations to “recreate their operations to succeed within the scientific reality of a hotter, wilder, more radically open world. With a certain climate-challenged future ahead of us, The Big Pivot gives us a realist's path to making sure it's a prosperous one, too.” — Sustainable Brands (sustainablebrands.com)

ADVANCE PRAISE for The Big Pivot:

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever—
“We’ve reached a tipping point. Our planet and our society are at risk . . . Andrew Winston’s The Big Pivot offers a radical new direction for business that also represents the most practical path forward . . . a must-read for anyone interested in the future of business and our world.”

David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy—
“Andrew Winston’s The Big Pivot is the blinking red warning light on the dashboard for every CEO . . . He lays out a road map for a major shift in consciousness and purpose for the private sector.”

Lauralee Martin, CEO, HCP—
“Andrew Winston has identified issues for business that require more than just a minor change of behavior—these big challenges demand an urgent ‘pivot’ by business for our own survival . . . I hope CEOs and other business leaders step up and read this book.”

David Steiner, CEO, Waste Management—
“. . . Winston’s practical approach to the largest issues of our generation makes his a voice that’s respected by the world’s leaders in politics, NGOs, and business.”

L. Hunter Lovins, founder and President, Natural Capital Solutions; coauthor, The Way Out
The Big Pivot is Winston’s most important and impactful work to date—better even than Green to Gold. It’s a wake-up call for you, your boss, and whoever sits in the corner office . . .”

Thomas J. Falk, Chairman and CEO, Kimberly-Clark—
“Andrew Winston’s The Big Pivot provides thought-provoking perspectives into some of the biggest issues facing companies around the world . . . a call to action in a time of radical change and competing priorities.”

Jeff Seabright, Vice President, Environment & Water Resources, Coca-Cola—
“A resounding call to action for business to embrace the risks of climate change, resource constraints, and radical transparency and turn them into strategic growth opportunities . . . a must-read road map for business success in the twenty-first century.”

About the Author

Andrew Winston is the founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, advising many of the world’s leading companies on environmental strategy. He sits on sustainability advisory boards for Kimberly-Clark, Hewlett-Packard, and Unilever, and serves as Sustainability Advisor to PwC. Andrew’s career history includes corporate strategy consulting with The Boston Consulting Group and management positions in strategy and marketing at Time Warner and MTV. A globally recognized expert on green business strategy, he is a sought-after speaker on the world’s mega challenges and how companies can manage and profit from them. He writes regularly for Harvard Business Review online, the Guardian, and other outlets and appears in major media such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and CNBC.

More About the Author

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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Customer Reviews

It is a book that every business manager and executive MUST read.
Ram Nidumolu
Winston understands he does not have all the solutions however poses some great ideas and sparks your interest with engaging writing style.
Hanna I.
The Big Pivot is a book that will be useful for decision makers interested in managing a business for long term sustainability.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Claire Sommer on March 19, 2014
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It's quite the balancing act to talk about humanity's coming catastrophes with a rational, business-minded focus, but strategist and author Andrew Winston pulls it off. That's because he knows what he's talking about. As he and others have said, "Business can't succeed in a world that fails."

To start, Winston briskly and clearly lays out the science. Failing is what awaits us if businesses don't start getting ready for climate-change fueled weather disasters, resource scarcities and a radically transparent global marketplace. Businesses need to make The Big Pivot to low/no-carbon, climate-resilient practices and strategies.

Then on to examples. Winston knows The Big Pivot--rapid and radical business transformation--is possible because he's seen and helped companies do it. He shares stories to show that change can come from decisive leadership rather just than the stick of regulation or crisis. These up-to-date case studies are perfect, sharable examples of what leading companies are doing today.

And finally, he offers 10 strategies that show why and how your company or organization can make big, bold moves for equally big returns on business stability and profitability.

I'm inspired by Winston's call for businesses to buck the short-term safety of a quarterly profits-obsessed status quo. It's time to pivot to a focus on long-term, science-based realities. With a certain climate-challenged future ahead of us, The Big Pivot gives us a realist's path to making sure it's a prosperous one too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly McCarthy Barner on April 17, 2014
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One of the best things about having good relationships with publishers is that I end up reading and reviewing titles that range beyond procurement or spend management. And yet, there is no question that the value and competitive advantage of a well-managed supply chain runs right through the center of all business strategy books.

The Big Pivot, by Andrew S. Winston, is no exception. The core message of the book is that there are three ‘mega challenges’ that every lasting business must be prepared to face:

1. Climate change
2. Resource constraints and rising commodity prices, and
3. Technology-driven demands for more transparency. (p. 6)

Businesses that are prepared to recognize and face these challenges head on must ‘pivot’. The changes required to maneuver an organization through this new economic reality may be complex and even painful. Leaders that do so successfully will look like geniuses and innovators – partly because only a minority of companies are likely to be able to make the requisite commitment to transformation.

The Big Pivot recognizes the importance and potential of supply chains. One statement that is both empowering and haunting is “…companies should heed one lesson: any operation, anywhere in your supply chain, no matter how remote, is now your responsibility.” (p. 2) And as long as we can remember that all supply chains eventually lead to our consumers, procurement is positioned to occupy a critical role in any transformation.

Green initiatives are a current running through the entire book, and yet the author’s working definition of sustainability is less environmental than the requirements many of us have come to associate with sustainability initiatives.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Vives on April 12, 2014
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This review makes the assumption that the reader of the book is part of upper or middle corporate management.

I have to admit that having read the promotion of the book and the many quotes on the back cover, at the beginning of the book (18 endorsements of Who's Who in the sustainability world! All of them read the book?), and several websites my expectations about this book were very high. Even this site if full of endorsements. Lots of hype.

But no, this an average book with very little new material, with a great promotional job behind and a title that is supposed to make the book different, unique: Big Pivot. The impression is that it will make your (sustainability?) strategy change direction, pivoting on your current position. But barely anything that it proposes represents a radical change in directions, at most some adjustments.

It is a very typical, light, management consultant book: Graphs with concentric circles, divided into sections, which are supposed to unify new concepts or present new theories. Then quotes after quotes: almost every page has a "I spoke with ..............and s(he) told me that......". Full of anecdotal evidence, very little research on the current state of the art (the notes are mostly references to "personal conversation). Not that there is anything wrong with the quotes, all are supportive of the points the author is trying to make and according with generally accepted opinions. The point is that it makes it look very light, with little rigor.

But such are management books for a general, beginners, audience. If you are relatively new to the field of sustainability and like light reading, then this is your book.
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