- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial (May 21, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688153828
- ISBN-13: 978-0688153823
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.8 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"You can't get to *better* without first getting to *different*."
"If you aren't smart and hardworking and all that, you're going to fail ten times out of ten. But if you do all the right things, guess what? You fail nine times out of ten."
This book will help you think through your career and your priorities, no matter whether you manage yourself or lead thousands of people.
Like all of the best books in this genre, "Max" contains no recipes for success or other "One Minute" solutions. There are no quick fixes in business. Dauten has provided us a few tools to improve.
The book is organized as a conversation between a successful entreprenuer and a stranded burned-out businessman at snowed-in O'Hare airport. Max Elmore,our hero, helps his new friend see the nature of innovation and the connection between innovation and business success.
For the person who wants the reputation as an innovator (and ain't that what makes life fun?) this is a little book that can be read and understood in a few short hours.
If you have the courage to devote the additional time to completing the exercises outlined in the book you can expect to uncover some interesting experiments that might lead you to some new methods and new thinking.
If you are interested in innovatation and experimentation as an employee or a business owner, the few hours reading this book will be richly rewarded.
"Burton Malkiel (A Random Walk Down Wall Street) dreamed up an imaginary coin-tossing contest. A thousand contestants in a line; heads was a winner, tails a loser. So the thousand people toss their coins and about five hundred get tails and lose. The five hundred with heads toss again. After seven tosses there are just eight coin tossers left. By this time crowds start to gather to witness the surprising ability of these expert coin tossers. The winners are overwhelmed with adulation. They are celebrated as geniuses in the art of coin tossing - their biographies are written and people urgently seek their advice. After all, there were a thousand contestants and only eight could consistently flip heads."
"Naturally, if you aren't smart and hardworking and all that, you're going to fail ten times out of ten. But if you do all the right things, guess what? You fail nine times out of ten. Think how many great novels you've read that never became best-sellers. Think how many actors you see in local or regional theaters who are as good as those on Broadway. Their problem isn't talent or work ethic; it's that they aren't expert coin tossers."
"Remember this: The coin tosser who gets the most 'heads' is the one who gets the most tosses. Given enough chances, chance is your friend."
"Yes, a fluke is a fluke.Read more ›
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