Focus: The Future of Your Company Depends Upon It

Every week, I ask my friends, colleagues, and acquaintances that are part of my social networks (Twitter and LinkedIn) a simple question:

"What is the book that changed your life? (not novels or religious texts)"

I think it's a wonderful way to connect in a less superficial way and learn a little more about each other. It's also a wonderful way to discover new books worth reading.

This is one of them:

Focus: The Future of Your Company Depends Upon It
Al Ries

From Amazon:

Marketing guru Al Ries, co-author of the acclaimed The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing and Marketing Warfare, uses real company profiles to prove that in today's rapidly evolving business environment, the most successful companies are those that remain focused on their core business.aIn plain and effective language, internationally known marketing expert Al Ries explains why IBM, PepsiCo, and other revenue-rich companies often fail to perform on the balance sheet. His commonsense approach to business management focuses on keeping a business doing what it does best, eschewing the temptation of diversification into unrelated enterprises.aUsing real-world examples, Al Ries shows that in industry after industry, it is the companies that resist diversification and instead focus on owning a category in consumers' minds that dominate their markets. He offers solid guidance to get companies back on target, explaining how to get focused and how to stay focused. His no-nonsense advice lays out a workable blueprint for any company's evolution that can increase market share and shareholder

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