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Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries (edition 2011)

by Peter Sims

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Title:Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries
Authors:Peter Sims
Info:Free Press (2011), Hardcover, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:creativity, business, innovation, design thinking, management

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Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries by Peter Sims



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This little but very interesting book proposes the idea of making little bets that have the potential advance an organization with less risk. Even if the little bets result in failure, the organizations learns from it and continues to improve. He provides many real-world examples, including Chris Rock and Pixar. ( )
  proflinton | Jul 31, 2017 |
In a roundabout way, a book like Little Bets is why I read non-fiction. I certainly didn't love it but it forced me to think. The author cherry picks from a group of modern day all-star companies and CEOs for nearly 100% of his examples (I mean, I love Pixar too but aren't there other, less popular examples?) and the prose is a little too fake-sounding at times, but there's some good advice here if you take the time to draw it out.

The best bits by far come from its title, Little Bets, and its closely-related cousin, Small Wins. The idea is to gauge a way forward in a rapidly changing market by placing small bets here and there and then getting real feedback on what works. Similarly, one can build towards that big bet by establishing a series of smaller wins along the way. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Jun 26, 2017 |
Success in business; Creative ability
  Biovitrum | Jun 5, 2013 |
This book promotes the idea that good things result from a strategy of engaging in many small experiments with limited risks. I am a supporter of the approach that Sims advocates, briefly, "experimentation, careful observation, problem finding, and playful improvisation," learning by trial and error, not being wedded to preconceptions about how to address problems - or even wedded to preconceptions about what the problems are, partnering with clients, eschewing both excessive bureaucracy and reliance on top-down process. If only the book were better written. Sims is repetitive. He relies too much on secondary sources. Chris Rock is an exemplar used throughout the book, but apparently Sims never spoke to him. His arguments lack depth. Some of his illustrations have been used previously by other authors making related arguments. And, if there were a Bulwer-Lytton award for the worst closing sentence in a book, Sims would be a finalist.
  GloriaMundi | Apr 21, 2012 |
It’s a fun book to read, and I’m finding it inspiring – promoting the (reasearch validated) idea that successful creativity and change doesn’t come from top down planning, but from having an open mind, experimentation, play, flexibility, a willingness to fail, and a willingness to capitalise on small wins… there’s a lot to think about and a lot to apply, privately and professionally (from my blog post at http://figgles1.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/reading-little-bets/) ( )
  Figgles | Jun 10, 2011 |
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In "Little Bets", leading business consultant Peter Sims turns problems on their heads and outlines a counter-intuitive path to perfection using negativity to positive effect.

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