Book Review: Rules to Break …

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Rules to break and laws to follow : how your business can beat the crisis of short-termism by Don Peppers & Martha Rogers. John Wiley & Sons, 2008.

Martha Rogers, adjunct professor at the Fuqua School, has written a new book with her business partner Don Peppers, about the dangers of “short-termism,” or the obsession with making quarterly profits at the expense of long term customer value.

After arguing that customers are a company’s most scarce resource and the true source of long term value, the authors focus on the principle of trust. Customers choose businesses that they can trust, and long term business success requires a focus on keeping that trust and on developing business relationships.

A successful company’s employees earn their customer trust by treating their customers fairly, but employees need the right tools, training and authority for taking action. By developing a corporate culture that is centered on earning and keeping customer trust, a company gains the best chance to succeed.

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4 Responses to “Book Review: Rules to Break …”

  1. Paula Says:

    commenting, commenting.

  2. Meg Says:

    The author says that you must behave ethically to gain the trust of employees and customers. I wonder if this applies to intellectual property.

  3. Shareef Defrawi Says:

    Look at GM. Talk about ‘short termism.’ Look where it got them.

  4. mahmudin ashar Says:

    thanks for this book review

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