• by Adrian J. Slywotzky, Karl Weber
  • Narrated by Dave Courvoisier
  • 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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).


What the Critics Say

“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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Compilation of stories of successful businesses

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.

What three words best describe Dave Courvoisier’s performance?

This was not read by the author, which is almost always less fulfilling of a 'listen'.

Any additional comments?

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."

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- Brandon "An avid learner and therefore, lover of non-fiction works, specifically about business, marketing and sales."

"in search of excellence" for the new millenium

Terrific recap of what it takes to drive demand, updated for the 21st century. While there is nothing really new here, the authors provide solid examples of how to increase the probability of success. Importantly, their stories involve businesses that sell both services and products.
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- Andy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-08-2011
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books