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Unstoppable: Finding Hidden Assets to Renew the Core and Fuel Profitable Growth

Chris Zook

Over the next decade, two out of every three companies will face the challenge of their corporate lives: redefining their core business. Buffeted by global competition and facing an uncertain future, more and more executives will realize that they must make fundamental changes in their core even as they continue delivering the goods and services that keep them in business today.

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Book Information

Publisher: Harvard Business School Press
Publish Date: 04/02/2007
Pages: 190
ISBN-13: 9781422103661
ISBN-10: 1422103668
Language: English

What We're Saying

May 01, 2007

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September 12, 2008

The Breakthrough Imperative: How the Best Managers Get Outstanding Results by Mark Gottfredson and Steve Schaubert, Collins, 367pages, $26. 95, Hardcover, March 2008, ISBN 9780061358142 Bain & Company have produced some of the best books coming out of consulting industry over the last decade. Chris Zook's trilogy--Profit from the Core, Beyond the Core, and Unstoppable--is a treatise on the benefits of strategic focus in any organization. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

March 06, 2012

Repeatability

By Sally Haldorson

We've spent a lot of time with Chris Zook. Not the man himself, but his work. When we were prepping the material for The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, Jack and Todd were still unsure of what the exact construction of the book would look like, but we were sure of one thing: Chris Zook had to be included in the book. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 07, 2009

The Core Trilogy

By 800-CEO-READ

I am a big fan of Chris Zook's work. He is a partner at Bain & Company and he has spent alot of time researching what companies should do from a strategic point of view to be successful. Zook offers sobering statistics for the success of new ventures and equally inspiring numbers for the power that market leaders have in their industries. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

May 16, 2007

Unstoppable: Finding Hidden Assets to Renew the Core and Fuel Profitable Growth by Chris Zook, Harvard Business School Press, 208 pages, $29. 95 Hardcover, May 2007, ISBN 9781422103661. You expect to find trilogies in fantasy or science fiction literature. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

August 17, 2007

More of Zook and Others

By 800-CEO-READ

I have found some supplemental reading to our recent Unstoppable podcast. Chris Zook (Unstoppable) has been writing a blog for Harvard Business Online. The online site has recruited Bob Sutton (No-Asshole Rule, Hard Facts), Sylvia Ann Hewlett (Off-Ramps and On-Ramps), and Michael Watkins (First 90 Days) among others. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

August 10, 2007

We took some time off this summer from our podcasts. I am kicking off the fall season early with an interview I have been wanting to do for some time. Chris Zook is the author of three books, his most recent being Unstoppable. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

August 10, 2007

After a summer hiatus, we return with a great interview. In this podcast, I talk with Chris Zook, author of Unstoppable: How to Identify Hidden Assets, Redefine the Core, and Fuel Future Growth. This book is the final in a business trilogy of sorts. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 27, 2007

The folks over at strategy + business have chosen what they consider the best business books of the year. There were eight categories, and each one was assigned to an expert in that field for review. Each reviewer also delivered an essay on the books chosen, and they are all good reads. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

April 26, 2007

I think there is a general acceptance in business today doing the same thing year after year is not going to work. If you need data to confirm it, here is results from Chris Zook's latest book Unstoppable: [W]e found that 153 of the top 500 companies in 1994 did not even survive the following decade intact. They either ended up in bankruptcy or were acquired and integrated into a larger company. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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Over the next decade, two out of every three companies will face the challenge of their corporate lives: redefining their core business. Buffeted by global competition and facing an uncertain future, more and more executives will realize that they must make fundamental changes in their core even as they continue delivering the goods and services that keep them in business today.
Unstoppable shows these managers how to look deep within their organizations to find undervalued, unrecognized, or underutilized assets that can serve as new platforms for sustainable growth. Drawing on more than thirty interviews with CEOs from companies such as De Beers, American Express, and Samsung, it shows readers how to recognize when the core needs reinvention and how to deploy the "hidden assets" that can be the basis for tomorrow's growth.
Building on the author's previous books, Profit from the Core and Beyond the Core, this book shows how any company in crisis can transform itself to become truly unstoppable.

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