The Hardball Manifesto “Time has come to rebalance the hard and the soft” • Softball players that have survived until now— e.g. most airlines. The Hardball Manifesto. This Perspective is adapted from the authors’ new book, Hardball: Are You Playing to Play or. Playing to Win? (Harvard Business. Download Citation on ResearchGate | The Hardball Manifesto | This chapter focuses on the risk-taking attitude of companies and the leaders. When companies.

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The truth is that these companies are at sometimes strenuously adversarial, but there are other times for instance when dealing with partners and employees when they are the epitome of collaboration.

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Hardball: Are You Playing to Play or Playing to Win? by John Butman, Rob Lachenauer, George Stalk

It is intense and efficient. The authors lay out a “hardball manifesto” with all the revolutionary fervor that Karl Marx launched his Communist Manifesto years ago. Stalk is the author of Competing Against Time, the classic work on time-based competition. Privacy Policy Terms of Use. Their article misses the point harrdball the soft aspects of communication and persuasion — hardball instance, through storytelling — are fundamental to the art of management.

October 12, Imprint: The article assumes that decisions made by managers are automatically implemented so long as the manager is hard-nosed enough. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Instead of running smart and hard, they seem almost to be standing around and watching. By contrast, a hardball management approach as preached by Stalk and Lachenauer entails adopting a thoroughly adversarial tone to every issue.


The false dichotomy of hardball and softball players According to Stalk and Lachenauer, the world of organizations can be divided into two types: April 7, The leading article in the Harvard Business Review for April praises hardball strategies — “five killer strategies for trouncing the competition”.

How do they build collaborative networks and partnerships? They pick their shots, seek out competitive encounters, set the pace of innovation, test the edges of the possible. The mean-spirited, hardbaall, adversarial manager manifeesto heavily praised by Stalk and Lachenauer is fortunately almost extinct in the yearand their article is deluded in thinking that the world would be a better place if he were to be resurrected.

Based on 25 years of experience advising and observing a range of companies, the authors argue that hardball competitors can gain extreme competitive advantage–neutralizing, marginalizing, or even destroying competitors–without violating their maniefsto with customers hareball employees and without breaking the rules.

maifesto We had alot of Hardball last week and I forgot to post one link. Start-ups shut down if they can’t develop it. Follow the daily thoughts of Steve Denning. We can notify you when this item is back in stock. What Stalk and Lachenauer appear to miss is that the recommended hardball management approach of adopting a strenuously adversarial stance on every issue would be a disaster if it were to be applied. The big fierce wild animals are all either extinct or on the verge of becoming so.

While there are countless ways mqnifesto play hardball, a handful of classic strategies are effective in generating competitive advantage.

Stalk is the author of Competing Against Time, the classic work on time-based competition. You can contact Steve hardabll steve stevedenning. Invent A Brighter Future: I’d like to thank Jack and Todd for hosting Hardball. Book ratings by Goodreads.

Guide to Hardball By: Would you like us to take another look at this review? Item s unavailable for purchase. Instead the world is populated mainly by animals that spend a lot of their time collaborating. Further, if better ideas are pursued consistently and persistently by an organization, the organization is likely to do better than organizations that have worse ideas or that do not pursue their good ideas consistently and persistently.


The New Strategic Thinking. Bottom line There is a hadball why the environment of the earth is manifedto filled by big, fierce wild animals that fight each other and every other animal in sight.

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The first part is “to relearn the fundamental behaviors of winning” on the assumption that managers have forgotten the behaviors of winning. Such an assumption is only feasible in situations where the manager has unlimited hierarchical and moral authority — in other words, a tsar or dictator whose every decision is implemented without question and is never troubled by skeptics among the board of directors, or manufesto staff or partners, or on Wall Street.

You submitted the following rating and review. This much is self-evident, although Stalk and Lachenauer deliver this simple message with so much sound and fury and false dichotomies that one might miss the nature of the argument that they are putting forward.

They “enjoy watching their competitors squirm”. Five Frogs on a Log.

I believe that in recent years there has been way too much emphasis on the soft management issues, such as leadership and culture, governance, and not nearly enough focus on strategy. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

Stalk and Lachenauer’s implicit concept of the manager: