The Escher Cycle: Creating Self-Reinforcing Business Advantage

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This book shows how to achieve virtuoso performance in business. Strategic and practical, the author starts by identifying the key minimum activities that make any business successful. He then shows how becoming better than rivals at carrying out those activities is what provides a business with four distinct layers of strategic competitive advantage: The first layer of advantage comes from carrying out the basic activities better than rivals. This is Operations. The second layer comes from balancing and aligning the different parts to optimize the business as a whole. This is Leadership. The third layer comes from fine-tuning the way the activities are carried out to match the particular area of the economy where the business is operating. This is Strategy. And the fourth and ultimate layer of strategic advantage comes when the business connects all its different activities together in a way that generates higher levels of performance at them all. This is the Escher Cycle. The Escher Cycle describes how to create self-reinforcing business advantage, by leveraging the forces of progress that created the successful companies we have today, and which are already forming the successful companies of tomorrow. Virtuoso performance in business, as in any field of human activity, comes from focusing on exactly what is needed-no more and no less-and then co-ordinating those different activities perfectly. This book explains how to achieve that in business.

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Finn Jackson is an original thinker, writer, and consultant with a unique focus on strategic innovation. A self-styled ¿business architect¿, he helps create new businesses and rejuvenate existing ones. His expertise in strategy, process, and organization has helped create sustainable strategic change in numerous organizations, ranging from start-ups to billion-dollar business units in more than a dozen countries worldwide. Born in India, Mr. Jackson earned his undergraduate degree in physics from Oxford University¿where he developed his desire to discover the underlying causes that drive observed behavior¿and his MBA summa cum laude from Imperial College, London. At EDS he worked his way up through the business, ultimately serving on the European Leadership Teams of two of the company's top three global accounts. Over nine years, he created lasting strategic change in almost every functional area of the business and became intimately involved in what drives success at all levels of business. He lives in England, and works internationally.

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"The Escher Cycle is unlike any other business book you have ever read. It shows you how to bridge the gap between strategy and tactics, vision and pragmatism, simplifying and improving your business as you do so. It is essential reading for anyone looking to ignite the core of business advantage and sustain it in the Information Age."

"Seldom does one find a book that brings strategy into the very heartland of business operations...In my judgment this is one of the most thought provoking and practical guides for successful business development produced in recent years. It is a must for directors, senior management and entrepreneurs...I would challenge them to be guided before it is the eleventh hour, or too late, and to enjoy this contribution."

"Thought provoking. A mine of diverse information."

"This is one of the clearest accounts I have read about the principles of successful business strategy and practice. Finn Jackson doesnÂ't waste a word. He describes business as a living system; he understands the many different ideas that motivate business people, and he guides the reader through the maze without over complicating or oversimplifying."

"Finn JacksonÂ's Escher Cycle weaves powerful tools for building competitive advantage into a compelling, holistic framework. It offers a blueprint for winning any game your business chooses to play."

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