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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

Lisa Bodell believes in the power of simplification. She is the founder and CEO of futurethink, a company that uses simple techniques to help organizations embrace change and increase their capability for innovation. She brings her compelling message to over 100,000 people a year, showing them how to eliminate mundane and unnecessary tasks from their everyday routine so that they have more time for work that matters. Bodell has transformed teams within organizations like Google, Novartis, Accenture, and more. Drawing on her practical Midwestern upbringing and entrepreneurial background, she has used the power of simplification to launch three successful businesses, write two books (Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins), travel to over forty countries and forty-eight states, and sit on boards such as Novartis’ Diversity and Inclusion Board and the Global Advisory Council for the World Economic Forum.

Carlos Dominguez is President and COO of the social marketing startup Sprinklr.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bibliomotion (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937134024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937134020
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Engaging to read with powerful, implementable ideas. Highly recommended.

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)?
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Caution 1: The marketing of this book appears to employ some of the time-worn tactics of many business books, e.g., bringing first-time reviewers out of the woodwork to add two sentences of praise in order to inflate the star ratings.

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Caution 2: Parts of this book read as an advertisement for Bodell's consulting company. ("We offer an array of tools...")

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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.
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I bought the unabridged audio version. I made it approximately a third through the book. Her fundamental recommendation and approach makes a lot of sense, but she repeats the same theme over and over and over. It is not a bad book, but I would rather save my time for something that I find more personally engaging.
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There are lots of pearls of wisdom buried in the pages of the book and it has usefulness to both the new manager to the well experienced. After reviewing my personal notes I was quite pleased with the amount of "to-dos" to help spur innovative ideas to grow your business. There are hundreds of new business books written every year and this one does seem to worth your time to get and start of absorb.
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My husband and I both read this book, and are so happy we did. Though many of the examples in the book pertain to large companies, as small business owners we could not have found it to be more relevant. Lisa Bodell forces you to rethink everything you do at work everyday, and has really changed our approach to how our business operates. What we liked best about the book are the small tools she offers that are extremely accessible and do not require a major and impractical business overhaul. It's wonderful to feel on top of your business and your goals. We highly recommend this to the owner of any business, large or small.
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Lisa Bodell has created a toolkit for changing the culture of your company. Most books and articles on this topic focus on the theretical or the process. Lisa provides several easy-to-implement resources that allow every individual an opportunity to think differently. By showing the reader a typical company whose leaders belive in innovation while at the same time making it impossible to bring new ideas to the table, the authors illustrates why our companies are stuck.
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Kill the Company provides a suite of proven, inspired tools that can be implemented immediately to shift how an organization approaches change. Case studies come from futurethink's work with leading private-sector firms, but I found the tools and guidance absolutely applicable to our challenges in the nonprofit world as well. This book is a must read for anyone looking for inspiration and a road map to creating space and systems for big picture thinking in an environment dominated by short-term demands.
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When I first saw the title of this book, "Kill the Company" I was skeptical. Can you really kill the company? I loved the idea of course because so many good companies lose their way and need this type of killer injection. The book is packed with fantastic exercises that help you kill and rebuild the company one step at a time, with things that make sense for you and your culture. My favorite is "Kill a stupid rule." Like all the exercises in this book, it takes a very customer-centric approach and gets people on the front lines involved. This book and its guidance is not for the weak of heart; you have to be serious about creating some real change and transformation. If you're up for that, read this book.
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