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Publisher's Summary

In the ever-changing world of business, we've arrived at a point where process has trumped culture, where the race toward efficiency has made us complacent and unable to reach our potential. Stuck in the land of status quo, we've forgotten how to think. And the very structures put in place to help businesses grow are now holding them back. It's time to Kill the Company.
What this audiobook suggests is simple: to SIMPLIFY by getting rid of things first rather than continually building on what doesn't work; a form of spring cleaning for your organization. Innovation specialist Lisa Bodell urges companies to question assumptions and to challenge rules that have outlived their time.
Killing these status quo attitudes makes space for change and more value-added work, like thinking. Bodell tells us that these changes need not be one-size-fits-all initiatives that are forced upon employees. Instead, we need to embrace smaller, positive behavioral changes that create ripple effects throughout the organization. Too many change initiatives simply add another layer of processes to the to-do lists of already overwhelmed and tired employees. Not this one. Innovation is supposed to make things better, not worse, easier, not more complicated.
Kill the Company is your guide for simplifying and streamlining, then building and maintaining a place where everyone's innovative spirit and energy fuel the long-term goals of your organization. A company that empowers its people to think critically, question relentlessly, and act boldly, to move from Zombies, Inc. to Think, Inc., will own the future.
©2012 Lisa Bodell (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC
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By henk on 04-07-15


What disappointed you about Kill the Company?

maybe just me, but same old...same old

What do you think your next listen will be?

some action / shoot-em-up fiction

How could the performance have been better?

narrator could be more natural

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

dissapointment, Lisa was key speaker @ SA innovaton day, i think i expected more

Any additional comments?

this is how we learn

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By Selena on 08-13-14

Enjoyed the simple techniques shared

Would you consider the audio edition of Kill the Company to be better than the print version?

I would probably prefer the print version better because it'd be easier to refer back to the tools and exercises in the book later on. There's a chapter specifically for your "Innovation Toolkit" that would be a great reference.

What other book might you compare Kill the Company to and why?

There are probably a lot of books out there on innovation that explain the theories, benefits, and outcomes, but I bet Kill the Company is a lot more interesting and applicable. It actually outlines step-by-step 12 innovation tools that are simple and practical and this makes a huge difference compared to other books.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I enjoy audio books where the author narrates the book instead because you can get to know them. This was not the case here. This narrator for this book needs to be more lively and enthusiastic.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As soon as I read about PPCO, one of the tools, I shared the concept with my two partners and they were into the idea too so we all agreed to start using it with our team! It's a way to provide feedback for new ideas without being harsh and shutting down the person pitching the idea. We've been too nice and trying to encourage new ideas, when they don't always make sense for our priorities. But now, we can get employees to run the idea through PPCO themselves first before bringing it to us.

Any additional comments?

I love how different and creative the techniques are. More people should know about them!

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