In Demand, Adrian Slywotzky provides a radically new way to think about demand, with a big idea and a host of practical applications - not just for people in business but also for social activists, government leaders, non-profit managers, and other would-be innovators. To succeed in their various missions, all these groups need to master such ground-breaking concepts as the hassle map (and the secrets of fixing it); the curse of the incomplete product (and how to avoid it); why “very good” does not equal “magnetic”; how what you don’t see can make or break a product; the art of transforming fence sitters into customers; why there’s no such thing as an average customer; and why real demand comes from a 45-degree angle of improvement (rather than the five degrees most organizations manage).
“Adrian Slywotsky’s charming and enlightening stories of market creation will inform and inspire innovators everywhere. Demand is the book you didn’t know you needed until you read it, love it, and find that you can’t succeed without it.” (Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School professor, author of Confidence and SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good)
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Compilation of stories of successful businesses
I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for the writer to lead you to (and develop) insights. But if you're looking for a well-written and very detailed synopsis of how several well-known businesses succeeded, then it's right up your alley.
This was not read by the author, which is almost always less fulfilling of a 'listen'.
This would make a great series of books, but the title is rather misleading and inaccurate. They author makes almost no logical connection between "creating demand" and the successes of the several businesses they refer to. The connection of "demand" and their successes is completely implied, and the book is really like several thesis papers melded together to for a book on what several companies did right to succeed. While this is useful, interesting and even entertaining, there are very few insights available in this book and all of them have to be self-drawn since the author is really just retelling stories and doesn't make an attempt to develop an argument or "statement."
Mediocre assemblage of various topics
Probably not. The book lacks any academic rigor. The case studies are interesting, but they read like marketing material. The author constantly promotes the companies that illustrate the principles that are advocated in the book. In some cases I am aware of the companies and other factors that probably contributed towards their success. Regarding the content, the reader won't find much here that isn't available elsewhere. In at least one case (demand trigger), the concept is so poorly defined that it is hard for the reader to draw anything useful at all.
It is hard to say, but I will probably steer clear of future book.
The narrator sounds like a cross between a DJ and a commercial announcer. Perhaps it was his contribution that made all the case studies sound simplistic and shallow.
No, I stopped listening after the first of two parts in the download.
- G Tucker