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Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution Hardcover – June 14, 2012
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"Lisa has done the impossible: she's written a book that's simple, powerful and rewards organizations that have the guts to make change." – Seth Godin, author of The Purple Cow, Linchpin, We Are All Weird, and other best-sellers
"At Zappos, one of our core values is to ‘Embrace and Drive Change.’ Kill the Company shatters traditional notions of culture change and innovation. This book gives a fresh and interesting approach to businesses looking to make changes to their own cultures." – Tony Hsieh, NY Times best-selling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.
"Lisa Bodell is a first class change agent in the corporate world. She points out the often obvious but totally ingrained things that are stifling our companies, then goes on to share her plan for how we can start our own ‘innovation revolution’.” – Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There
"Dylan's Candy Bar will absolutely be utilizing Lisa Bodell's inspiring toolkit to help us prepare for the year 2025. The thought starters and provocative questions in Kill the Company are an exceptionally useful blueprint for any company's strategic plan."– Dylan Lauren, owner of Dylan’s Candy Bar
"The core message and call to arms in Kill the Company is both timely and spot on. Industrial management and MBA-training won't help you think in a more adaptive, iterative, entrepreneurial way to invent and reinvent, but this book will." – Peter Sims, author of Little Bets and founder, The Black Sheep
“This book is provocative yet its solutions are simple to achieve and it offers straightforward tools that can create real revolutionary change. Kill the Company is a must-read for every organization, whether a big company or a small business group within. Be prepared not only to look objectively at your organization, but also at yourself.”– Paul Gerbino, Executive Director, Thomas Industrial Network, Inc.
“Kill the Company is the real company’s guide to implementing a culture of innovation. Unlike other books on the topic, it does not rely on the conjuring of mystical spirits or the anointing of corporate shamans to get your business to go from complacent to competitive. It is a how-to guide to make your real-world organization more imaginative, more inspired and much more innovative." – Amanda L. Perrin, Head of U.S. Talent Management, NYSE Euronext
“A must-read for managers and leaders at all levels. Innovation is the key to our collective future, and this book provides some great ideas on how to get there.”– Barbara Daniels, GE Capital Americas
"Those of us interested in innovation will be glad to know that innovator/futurist Lisa Bodell has finally captured her years of successful innovation work with clients in this book. It’s not only an inspiring manifesto to get on with it—one person and one project at a time—but it provides detailed concepts, examples, and tools for anyone to make innovation happen. Reading this book will launch you on a path to innovation that will you enable to create the future that you want." – Andy Hines, Lecturer/Executive in Residence, University of Houston, Futures Studies
“Lisa Bodell is dead-on: ‘Everyone is a Change Agent.’ This book provides practical tools for anyone to change their company’s culture and raise their game in innovation.“– Jeff Honious, VP, Innovation, Reed Elsevier
“Innovation requires more than just a good idea. A company's culture must persuade innovation to thrive. Bodell gives us a book full of practical wisdom and applicable tools for building a climate of innovation. Step-by-step exercises are laid out in each chapter. The dynamic framework make this an indispensable guide for innovation revolution.”– Leigh W. Jerome, Ph.D., President & CEO, The Institute for Triple Helix Innovation
“Both enlightening and frightening at the same time! Bodell forced me to really ask myself some hard questions. Finally, a book that jarred my thinking but then also gave me a framework and tools to help me work towards better answers.” — Judy Brown, CFO, Perrigo Pharmaceuticals
"The boldness of Lisa's assertion that we must Kill the Company is only matched by the preciseness of the arguments, tools and techniques that she provides to show us how to do it." — Prof Tony O'Driscoll, Executive Director, Center for Technology, Media and Entertainment (CTEM), Fuqua School of Business.
About the Author
Carlos Dominguez is President and COO of the social marketing startup Sprinklr.
Top Customer Reviews
Ms. Bodell clearly articulates actual, real live things one can DO to make change happen (vs. theory which sounds good on paper on 'parking lot' posters in Brainstorming Meetings). I have used this book in two different - but related - venues.
As a change management executive at a global consulting firm, I am often approached by clients who want to make change happen but lack the tools required to shift the behavior of the 'frozen middle' such that they become active change agents. Kill the Company provides tactical ways to effect change that is thoughtful, considered and dare I say it? Fun. "Picture the Future" allowed me to creatively engage with a leadership team in a visioning exercise that prior to Ms. Bodell's kickstart idea, felt a bit stale.
As a professor for organizational change-related classes at NYU I found the book so insightful that it's now on my course syllabus. Through this book, Ms. Bodell helps us to wisely drive intentional change. How can you not be intrigued by astonishingly simple ideas that are so powerful like "Kill a Stupid Rule" (which, when I did this with my team, was met with stunning enthusiasm and great results)?
Caution 2: Parts of this book read as an advertisement for Bodell's consulting company. ("We offer an array of tools...")
With those two cautions aside, the core message of this book is a good one, and is delivered persuasively: Thinking in all its forms -- questioning, creating, inventing, exploring -- too often takes a backseat to efficiency, output, and short-term ROI. Thinking is relegated to a one-time PowerPoint presentation reserved for the annual strategic plan. But novel and useful ideas ("innovation") are the backbone of a company, and the company's politics and policies must be "killed" in order to invite those ideas in.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The tools are really great, but the content is few for a book. I think they really tried to extend the content so they can have enough pages to publish the book.Published 15 months ago by Sebastian Velasquez
Bodell's ideas to simplify and streamline are invaluable. In the midst of a lot of advice about organizations, this set of recommendations is practical to implement. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Tracy
I recommend this book to every singe client of mine. Kill The Company is a great tool for anyone interested in bringing simplicity to the over complicated world of management,... Read morePublished on August 28, 2014 by Scott S
Just another management book... re-packaged, but not very inspiring!
Was expecting a much more better read on innovation. .... ...
Great resource with actionable ideas. Very Inspiring! My company is using these tools and concepts regularly now, and it's working. Things are changing.Published on June 13, 2014 by krich21
Simple read on how to innovate and stay ahead of the curve. Would recommend for small companies or teams at larger firms.Published on March 25, 2014 by Texas native
Obviously, it would be idiotic to kill an entire company or eliminate all of its status quo. If Lisa Bodell knows of one -- in which there are literally no efforts to improve, none... Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Robert Morris