• Strategic Intuition

  • The Creative Spark in Human Achievement
  • By: Bill Duggan
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-15-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (177 ratings)

Regular price: $24.95

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Publisher's Summary

How "Aha!" really happens..... When do you get your best ideas? You probably answer "At night" or "In the shower" or "Stuck in traffic". You get a flash of insight. Things come together in your mind. You connect the dots. You say to yourself, "Aha! I see what to do."
Brain science now reveals how these flashes of insight happen. It's a special form of intuition. We call it strategic intuition, because it gives you an idea for action - a strategy.
This new book by William Duggan is the first full treatment of strategic intuition. It's the missing piece of the strategy puzzle that makes essential reading for anyone interested in achieving more in any field of human endeavor.
©2007 Columbia University Press (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A concise and entertaining treatise on human achievement." (William Easterly, Wall Street Journal)
"William Duggan's book is really on point. His work has enormous implications for the teaching of strategy." (Glenn Hubbard, Dean, Columbia Business School)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Dominique le Roux on 06-18-12

Strong on content, pace and delivery

While this author has strong academic credentials, and clearly ensures that academic criteria are met, he does not get bogged down in academia. Statements are credited and referenced, giving me as the reader the sense that he speaks with authority. Even when he's saying things that are contrary to popular belief, you don't get the sense that he's saying them for sensationalist reasons or that they are unsubstantiated in any way.

This balance between credence and storytelling is a tenuous one, and he seems to get it right. If he errs, it's slightly on the academic, but I'd prefer that.

The narrator seems to be well chosen. Easy on the ear, without being attention-grabbing. He doesn't seem to get in the way of the text. Just simply conveying it clearly.

While this works really well as an audio book, I realise in hindsight that my preference would have been an ebook so that I could highlight and bookmark certain sections to compensate for my short memory. He gives very good definitions and clarifications, for example, on the concepts of karma and dharma, and then goes on to cite a whole range of examples, but later on, after a gap of a few days in listening, I had forgotten the details of the distinction between the two, and thus the significance of the examples was lost on me.

All in all, a great book that I have recommended to many people.

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1 out of 5 stars
By David on 03-27-12

Everything is right if you lie to make it so...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The only redeeming aspect of the book is when Bill cites true events and real knowledge he had nothing to do with. Where it goes wrong is his blatantly wrong interpretation of them to support his

If you’ve listened to books by Bill Duggan before, how does this one compare?


Have you listened to any of Dennis Holland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Strategic Intuition?

I would suggest Bill go back and write something less insulting to the people he cites.

Any additional comments?

The reader need only to read the preface to catch the setup to what results into a recount of historical events, reinterpreted and often blatantly wrong or subjective exactly before Bill makes a bold claim and relation to his theories.

It's easy to be right when you redefine the elements challenging your ideas, BEFORE you explain those ideas. It's call framing in negotiations. Get the opposing party to agree with you on a broad and general direction appearing to be reasonable, but in actuality you preconceived using backward induction to control decisions and opinions.

Napoleon according to Bill is the greatest military strategist in history, what's worth discussion is not Napoleon's merits for that title, but rather Bill's selective use of Napoleon and butchering history to fit his points. Likewise with Buddha, he begins by saying the area he sites to support his theory can not be confirmed and is gathered from legend. Incredibly insulting to the reader if you use legend as fact as an appeal to authority when the writer's credibility is in question.

To say Microsoft and Google are 1st tier companies in the

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