Great New Reads: Playing to Win

UPDATED: March 9, 2013
PUBLISHED: March 9, 2013

Release Date: February

Harvard Business Review Press; $27

As the authors state up front, strategy is really management by another name. Nomenclature aside, the core element of both is the same: to make choices that lead to a desired and successful outcome. A.G. Lafley, the former CEO of Procter & Gamble, and Roger L. Martin, dean of the Rotman School of Management, dissect the anatomy of good strategy and lay out a clear and compelling blueprint to help decision makers at all types and sizes of companies to become more effective, courageous and creative. The book includes charts and visual cues to illustrate organizational ideas, handy lists of do’s and don’ts, strategy traps to avoid and detailed case studies of P&G’s strategies for the company’s best-known brands, such as Bounty, Swiffer and Oil of Olay. All this plus the authors’ personal experiences and expertise make Playing to Win an important addition to every decision-maker’s library.