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Hoover's vision : original thinking for business success
Hoover, Gary.
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New York : Texere, [2001]

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348 pages : graphs, charts ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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HF5386 .H6 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Through stories and exercises, this book teaches us how to cultivate the virtues of every breakthrough in business and in the rest of life: curiosity, clarity, passion and panoramic vision. It is an education in innovation. Innovation means cultivating insight to think above bwhere others are thinking, see patterns where others weave fragments, and weave it all together.

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Booklist Review

Hoover, an accomplished entrepreneur, presents the findings from his research on what separates winners from losers and the reasons for success in all types of enterprises. Winners think differently and do not follow others but become their own experts. The goal of this book is to give readers tools for developing their own unique views of the world that relate to personal dreams and aspirations as well as those of their organizations. The author's three keys to business success are to observe and understand other people, serve others while making their lives better, and develop a business style that expresses your own passions while serving others. In teaching us what it takes to succeed, Hoover cites qualities such as endurance, energy, selfconfidence, action orientedness, resourcefulness, creativity and risk taking, individuality, and entrepreneurial leadership. This is an excellent book for leaders in all types of enterprises and also for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to strike out and impose their unique visions on the business world. --Mary Whaley

Publisher's Weekly Review

The founder of Bookstop, billed as "the first book superstore," and Hoover's, a leading Internet provider of information about companies, has one simple message: think differently. And his publisher apparently thinks he's onto something: Texere is spending $200,000 in marketing and plans a 75,000 first printing. Although purportedly a book about business, this latest celebrity business guide works best when Hoover offers basic if unoriginal advice for becoming more creative. Among his suggestions: juxtapose new with old, stay off the beaten tracks, learn history and be curious. As he puts it, "Success is based not on thinking like today's winner, but on thinking differently, thinking in original and creative ways." For example., Hoover explains how he reads a book to make sure he gets the most out of it (one of the first things he does is read the last few paragraphs). When he provides a winning business formula, Hoover is much more predictable and far less helpful. There is nothing wrong with pointing out that business success stems from understanding people's needs, wants and desires; making people's lives better; and building a business that expresses your dreams. But these ideas are a given in any business book, and Hoover's examples don't startle, impress or ignite creativity at work. Hoover does succeed when he points out ways of keeping a sense of wonder about all that surrounds us. Maybe he should begin writing guides for life, not the office. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

1 The Open, Absorbent, Ready Mind
2 Complexity, Gathering Information, and Asking Questions
3 Seeing the Whole: Comprehensive Thinking
4 First Step for Innovation
5 The Expected World and the Role of Serendipity
6 Seeing What Others Do Not
7 Looking Through Different Lenses: The Renaissance Mind
8 Right Under Your Nose and All Around You
9 Why History Matters: The Importance of Watching Trends
10 The Biggest Trend: The Implications of an Aging Baby Boom
11 Other Big Trends to Watch
12 Watching History Unfold and Looking at Curves
13 A Useable Past: Learning from History
14 A Sense of Place: Why Geography Matters
15 Seeing the World Through Foreign Eyes
16 Thinking Regionally
17 The Rise of the World
18 The Seven Big Trends Producing Wealth Around the World
19 Globalization and Local
20 Technology in a Changing World
21 Cities: The Greatest Human Enterprise
22 The Power of Vision
23 The Clear Vision
24 The Consistent Vision
25 The Unique Vision
26 Built to Serve
27 Keeping Your Eye on the Customer
28 Vision for Enterprises Old and New
29 Looking at Industries and Enterprises
30 Merger Mania
31 Customer Focus: Innovation and Branding
32 The Right Stuff: What It Takes to Succeed