Why Success Always Starts With Failure

Book - 2011
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Outlines a counterintuitive approach to changing the world by assessing its failures, drawing on myriad disciplines to argue that complex challenges must be met through adaptive trial-and-error practices that do not depend on expert opinions or ready-made solutions.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2011
ISBN: 9780374100964
Branch Call Number: 155.24 HARFORD
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 24 cm


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Ivan W. Taylor
Nov 06, 2014

I really like Tim Harford. This book has a lot of good ideas. It is unfortunate that he starts the book by describing the successful turnaround of the second Iraq war. But that is a risk you take when you discuss current affairs. I liked his idea that monetary prizes can inspire outsiders to solve complex problems.

Jan 10, 2012

This well-written book uses some sharp, memorable examples drawn from real life. Harford gives many examples from the military and business worlds of how the world has proven to be more complicated and surprising that many experts and leaders thought. He uses these examples to argue that it is important for organizations to be open to feedback and diverse approaches to solving problems, and to avoid groupthink and conformism. While parts of this uneven book are quite insightful, Harford ironically makes some of the very mistakes he warns against. Harford clearly wants to be a sort of British business press version of Malcolm Gladwell. Unfortunately, Harford is both more ideological than Gladwell and less humble - which is odd, given his message of the need to learn from our mistakes and nurture experiments.


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Jul 02, 2019

It is a book that is for adults and teens. It tells stories about different people, places, organisations, and big companies how their were first small and then how they become famous.


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