Karaoke Capitalism: Daring to be Different in a Copycat World

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005 - Business & Economics - 324 pages
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We all know that the rules by which business is conducted have changed. But by how much? The dot.commers who threw out the playbook and tried to reinvent everything crashed and burned. "Back-to-basics" and "execution" are refrains reverberating down corporate hallways. And yet there is still a sense of unease. "Playing it safe" could just be another phrase for "heading toward business oblivion." Jonas Ridderstrale and Kjell Nordstrom, the outspoken authors of the international besteller, Funky Business, are at it again, with a provocative analysis of the social and cultural forces that are defining the business landscape--in particular, the fundamental relationships between employers and employees and between companies and customers. Covering a huge terrain--from the impact of high tech to the ever-widening gaps between the haves and the have-nots, and with references from Adam Smith to Janis Joplin--the authors bring into focus the challenges of business leadership in a world increasingly defined by individualism. "Karaoke" capitalism refers to the philosophy of imitiation, engrained into the corporate mindset by such popular concepts as benchmarking and best practice. For Ridderstrale and Nordstrom, the only way to survive is to chuck convention, to embrace your company's individual personality and promote it through everything you do, constantly honing what works and abandoning what doesn't. Ultimately, the authors argue that armed with imagination it is possible to sustain profitable businesses while contributing to the well-being of customers, communities, and the society at large. Visit the authors' Web sites at www.karaokecapitalism.com and www.funkybusiness.com.
 

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Contents

Innovation Inc
159
Talent is strange
161
Tall stories
162
Transfusing talent
165
Teaming up by splitting up
168
Kissing frogs
170
Its a boygirl thing
171
Thrills at the fringe
175

UATCG
36
New Net U
39
Transparency triggers talent
42
Changing the rules
47
Who to turn to?
49
Emptying the temple
50
Tearing down the tower
52
Turning to the town square
54
Bowling alone
55
A gay bohemian rhapsody
58
Outlaws in a world without laws
59
Material boys and girls
63
The meaning of lite
65
Tribes r us
69
Tracking the tribe
72
The age of abnormality
75
The double economy
77
Split vision
79
Crime and punishment
82
Division of labor
83
Graft and grief
85
Burn
88
Hangovers jetlag and insomnia
90
Talent takes over
93
Street smarts rule
95
Held hostage by talent
96
To those who have shall be given
100
The revolting elite
103
Selfselection and selfdeception
107
Revolution takes time
110
Customers in charge
113
The ironlaws of information
115
Imperfect world perfect markets
118
My way
122
Under siege by customers
124
Capitalists are crying
127
Bubbles burst
129
Profit enemy No 1
132
The twofront war
133
Webs of wisdom
137
The autopsy and the matrix
139
The new knowledge landscape
142
Rocking all over the world
145
Putting two and two together
148
The brain bomb explodes
149
Beating the best before date
150
The Lego principles
152
Dead or alive
155
Pass the map
176
The big idea
178
Hire attitude
180
Give me one good reason
183
Dedicated to dialog
185
Talk talk
188
Push me pull you
190
The rules of creation
192
Experiment or extinct
194
Masters of mistakes
196
Inside the temple of trust
199
The holy grail of business
201
Moonwalking monopolies
203
Sure Thing Inc
205
Monopolies of the future
210
Fit sexy
212
Models with minds
217
Models Inc
219
The makeup of models
221
The making of models
222
Mastering the model
224
Fuzzy logic
230
The glorious anatomy of supermodels
233
Fit for the future
235
Moods that matter
239
Moods Inc
241
Emotionalbusiness
243
Sinovation
245
The 7Smoods
248
Heaven hell
254
Create a brand or be banned
255
Design an experience or expire
259
Managing moody models
265
Roulette time
267
Reinventing innovation
268
Reenergizing the corporation
271
The 10 commandments of karaoke leadership
274
Breaking free from karoke
285
The real world
287
Free to choose or lose
288
The egos have landed
292
On towers temples town squares
293
A fist full of dollars
297
Efficiency empathy unite
301
Getting real
304
Notes
311
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