A New Way to Think: Your Guide to Superior Management Effectiveness

  • 7h 58m 18s
  • Roger L. Martin
  • 2022

Over a stellar career, Roger Martin has advised the CEOs of some of the world's most successful companies. From the beginning, he noted that almost every executive he talked to had a "model"—a framework or way of thinking that guided their strategy and activities. But these models tended to become automatic, so much so that when one didn't work, the typical response was just to apply it again—with greater enthusiasm.

Martin took a fresh, critical approach to helping. When company leaders came to him with fundamental questions—How do you decide where to play and how to win? What is the key to shaping and changing corporate culture? How can you design a successful, sustainable innovation process?—his first response was to break the spell of the current model with a memo articulating a new way to think about the problem at hand and a more powerful and effective way to overcome it.

Over time, these ideas worked their way into Martin's many Harvard Business Review articles. Now, for the first time, they appear together in A New Way to Think. With his trademark incisive intellect and clarity, Martin covers the entire breadth of the management landscape—illuminating the true nature of competition, explaining how company success revolves around customers, revealing how strategy and execution are really the same thing, and much more.

About the Author

Roger L. Martin is Professor of Strategic Management, Emeritus, at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, where he also served as Dean (1998–2013). In 2017 Thinkers50 named him the world's number one management thinker. He has published twelve books, including When More Is Not Better and Playing to Win (with A.G. Lafley). Martin is a trusted strategy adviser to the CEOs of many global companies. A Canadian from Wallenstein, Ontario, he holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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In this Audiobook

  • Introduction: Thinking Differently about the Essentials of Management
  • Chapter 1 - Competition
  • Chapter 2 - Stakeholders
  • Chapter 3 - Customers
  • Chapter 4 - Strategy
  • Chapter 5 - Data
  • Chapter 6 - Culture
  • Chapter 7 - Knowledge Work
  • Chapter 8 - Corporate Functions
  • Chapter 9 - Planning
  • Chapter 10 - Execution
  • Chapter 11 - Talent
  • Chapter 12 - Innovation
  • Chapter 13 - Capital Investment
  • Chapter 14 - M&A