September 30, 2010

News & Opinion: The Shibumi Strategy

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 2:24 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity, Leadership & Strategy

Matthew May is known for his thoughts on innovation and design strategy. His books The Elegant Solution and In Pursuit of Elegance focused on those topics, and were written in a more straightforward business style. Now, he's taken another turn: the business parable. In The Shibumi Strategy, May takes his knowledge and applies it to the narrative form to create a powerful story about personal leadership.
I received a shortened preview copy, along with the Shibumi character pictured above, and as a fan of both May's previous books, and the business parable format, this was a real hit for me. Not only is the story timely, insightful, and inspiring (a man loses his job in a suburb of a major city and vows to keep his quality of life intact for him and his family), the promo for the book was also unique. It's not everyday I get a Japanese figurine in the mail, and this goes to show May truly is concerned (and smart) about innovation and design. It shows in his methods, and in his writing.

We'll be posting more about the book when it lands in November.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.