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The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World Hardcover – April 15, 2014
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Winston’s passion and sincerity clearly move his engaging discussion beyond mere consultant hype. In this book, he provides a realistic way to address these mega issues along with tested strategies on how to manage these challenges effectively and profitably.” CHOICE, a publication of the American Library Association
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 behaviorthese 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 datebetter 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.”
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well done business book on the need for - and benefits of - adopting environmental sustainability.Published 1 month ago by Scottietoo
Bought this book for my sustainability class, and am thoroughly enjoying the techno-optimistic narrative by Winston. No more gloom and doom, no more blame games. Read morePublished 9 months ago by jL
I used this book extensively when consulting with a major industrial client on sustainability. The principles and approaches clearly lay out the shifts in thinking that are needed. Read morePublished 9 months ago by ann
An inspiring roadmap of solutions. Exquisitely researched. Read it and gift it.Published 14 months ago by Sarah Finnie Robinson
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