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Publisher's Summary

In business, performance is key. In performance, how you organize can be the key to growth. In the past five years, the business world has seen the birth of a new breed of company - the Exponential Organization - that has revolutionized how a company can accelerate its growth by using technology. An ExO can eliminate the incremental, linear way traditional companies get bigger, leveraging assets like community, big data, algorithms, and new technology into achieving performance benchmarks 10 times better than its peers. Three luminaries of the business world - Salim Ismail, Yuri van Geest, and Mike Malone - have researched this phenomenon and documented 10 characteristics of Exponential Organizations. Here, in Exponential Organizations, they walk the listener through how any company, from a startup to a multinational, can become an ExO, streamline its performance, and grow to the next level.
©2014 Salim Ismail (P)2015 Audible Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Frost & Sullivan's 2014 Growth, Innovation, and Leadership Book of the Year Exponential Organizations should be required reading for anyone interested in the ways exponential technologies are reinventing best practices in business." (Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google)
" Exponential Organizations is the most pivotal book in its class. Salim examines the future of organizations and offers readers his insights on the concept of Exponential Organizations because he himself embodies the strategy, structure, culture, processes, and systems of this new breed of company." (John Hagel, The Center for the Edge)
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3 out of 5 stars
By A. Yoshida on 01-24-16

Not a revelation

The key points from the book are SCALE and IDEAS:

S: staff on demand
C: community & crowd
A: algorithms
L: leveraged assets
E: engagement

I: interfaces
D: dashboards
E: experimentation
A: autonomy
S: social technologies

The book went through most of the elements superficially by referring to some well known examples, such as Netflix's contest for a better recommendation algorithm. While the grand prize money was substantial ($1,000,000), the winner was able to beat Netflix's algorithm by over 10%. There were over 20,000 teams working on this problem. If Netflix spent the money internally trying to improve its algorithm, it probably would not have gotten such impressive results.

If you follow the news on technology, much of the information in the book is not a revelation.

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19 of 21 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nigel on 06-24-15

Extraordinary insights

This book delivers a sweeping collection of extraordinary insights into phenomena underpinning major disruptive influences in the world of business. The diversity and magnitude of these influences will have you reaching for the whiteboard pen in an attempt both to make sense of it all and then to strategise the opportunities you spot. And then putting it down again until you can get your head around the implications of it all. I've just finished my first run through and know that I'm going to read it again right away. My only criticism would be that it would be great to have a one hour version for the second time around :-)

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1 out of 5 stars
By Mr on 08-20-15

Great content, dreadful narration

Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by Kevin Young?

Salim Ismail is a genius. The narration, however, is awful. It ruins what should be an incredibly interesting read. It sounds like it's being read by a robot. Not suitable for a UK audience (or anyone with hearing)

Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin Young’s performances?


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I gave up after one chapter. Shame, Ismail deserves better!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-15-18

Narrator is dreadful

He speaks soooo slow it is anoying. Need to listen to the book at 1.5x and then the voice is not natural.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Raz Chorev on 10-19-16

Wonderful but scary

This book is the Good To Great (Jim Collins) of our current times. Although the book was published in 2014, and written before, many people who should know about these trends and types of organisations, still don't.
The more you get into the book, you could go either way - either scared of the future, or excited by it.
Regardless, the future is here, and you'd better do something about it, if you want to buy your ticket on this bus.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jason on 06-06-17


long book but good. thats all i want to say but wont submit with less than 15 words! !

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