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Beating the Global Odds

Successful Decision-Making in a Confused and Troubled World

Beating the Global Odds

More than any other time in human history, it’s possible—even necessary—to be plugged into what’s going on 24/7. But while the widespread proliferation of information can yield great benefits, the overall result has been a drastic decrease in original thinking, fresh innovation, and much-needed leadership, and a move toward a more fragmented society. This book is here to help, showing you how to cut through the clutter and regain your focus as you confront the challenges of the future.

The ultimate road map to building a better, more cohesive, and more coherent tomorrow, for your business, your world, and yourself, Beating the Global Odds: Successful Decision-Making in a Confused and Troubled World, is designed to help business leaders and readers overcome the confusion of the 21st century and start working together with clear purpose.

Change is essential, and in this book Paul Laudicina takes a behind-the-scenes look at the people and institutions that are thinking big to repair the international social fabric and help pave the way for a better future so that you can follow in their footsteps. Showing you where to look for new insights and ideas, how to widen your lens, and why you need to master scenario planning in order to make sense of today’s world, Laudicina presents a comprehensive and insightful look into the information overload threatening businesses everywhere and how you can fight back.

In Beating the Global Odds, Paul Laudicina offers not only a provocative look at the major challenges of our time, but also the very real opportunities we have to convert headwinds into advantageous tailwinds. As countries, companies and individuals seek to solve the calculus for sustainable growth, this brisk and compelling volume by one of the world's foremost business strategists couldn't have come at a better time.

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Praise for Beating the Global Odds
  • Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
    • "With Beating the Global Odds, Paul Laudicina offers not only a provocative look at the major challenges of our time, but also the very real opportunities we have to convert headwinds into advantageous tailwinds. As countries, companies and individuals seek to solve the calculus for sustainable growth, this brisk and compelling volume by one of the world's foremost business strategists couldn't have come at a better time."

  • Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP
    • "Diagnosing the causes of decline is relatively easy. Inventing and applying remedies is a great deal more difficult. By drawing on a huge diversity of sources, by encouraging us all to become ‘discerning omnivores,' and by applying the sum of his own peerless experience, Paul Laudicina helps us understand not just what needs to be done but also how to do it."

  • Josef Joffe, Editor, Die Zeit, Hamburg; Senior Fellow, Stanford University
    • "Seminarian, scholar, Senate staffer, from Chicago to the top of A.T. Kearney, from whiz kid to wise man: Paul Laudicina has written a book as singular as his career. Beating the Global Odds shows how to turn complexity into promise, and pixels into the Big Picture. Don't wait for the Next Big Thing; here is how to do it. The book is a concise and gripping breviary for the knowledge economy of the 21st century—the distilled wisdom of a thinker and a doer, a rare breed in the boardrooms of the world."

  • Sebastian Edwards, Henry Ford II Professor, UCLA Anderson School; Former Latin American Chief Economist, World Bank
    • "This book is sensational. It is a must read for anyone interested in the process of innovation, and in the future of the global economy. Paul Laudicina uses a direct and personal style to transmit difficult—and sometime iconoclastic—ideas about a myriad of subjects. You will learn about complex systems, the comeback of scenario-based strategic planning, the need for expanding managers' peripheral vision, charter cities, and many other new ideas. After finishing this book you will see the world through different (and more powerful) lenses. But that is not all: this is also a very entertaining book. Once you start reading it, you will not be able to put it down."

  • Moisés Naím, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment; Author, The End of Power: Why It's Easier to Get, Harder to Use and Nearly Impossible to Keep.
    • "Business leaders often provide practical insights based on their experience. And thought leaders offer lessons based on their theories and analysis. Paul Laudicina is both a transformational business leader and a world-class thinker. With an engaging style, Laudicina blends in these pages the insights he gained from successfully turning around one of the most respected consulting firms with the best lessons management theorists and social scientists have to offer. This is an indispensable book—crisp, original, easy to read, practical and inspirational all at the same time."

  • Kevin Cashman, Senior Partner, Korn/Ferry International; Author, The Pause Principle: Step Back to Lead Forward
    • "Today's volatile, hyper-kinetic world requires fresh approaches to step back to strategize, to connect and to innovate. Beating the Global Odds is an incredibly rich resource to navigate you and your organization through the ‘information smog' to new, clearer possibilities. Laudicina does a masterful job taking an extremely complex subject and making it accessible and useful. This book is a ‘must read' for leaders globally."

  • Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School, National University of Singapore; Author, The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World
    • "The world is getting more complex. We know that. We want to master this complexity but we don't know how. Paul Laudicina has done us a great favour by sharing tools and ideas to help us understand and steer our way through an even more complex and challenging world. Mukesh Ambani's foreword is an additional gift."

  • Jürgen Hambrecht, Former Chairman, BASF; Member of the Supervisory Boards, Daimler AG and Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    • "Top-class decision-making in our over-complex, unpredictable world is an art. Paul Laudicina's new book offers highly valuable advice for shaping the future towards sustainable value generation."

  • Saj-nicole Joni, CEO, Cambridge International Group Ltd.; Author, The Right Fight
    • "If you aspire to lead and win, you need to get this book, read it, and give it to everyone on your team. Beating the Global Odds clearly and pragmatically shows you how to develop the mindset, passion, and relationships that drive our future—so that you can create what matters most in a world fraught with change and opportunity."

  • Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman and Founder, World Economic Forum
    • "Paul Laudicina's latest book is a tour de force, and covers a wide array of subjects that are must reading for those who wish to anticipate what is ahead. Great leaders, and those who aspire to leadership, should focus on and absorb the important lessons of Beating the Global Odds."

  • Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi
    • " 'Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.' Sage advice from the coach of the century Vince Lombardi. Beating the Global Odds shows us how to turn the desire to win into action—through concrete, pragmatic, realistic advice. Count me in."

  • John Quelch, Dean, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Shanghai
    • "Beating the Global Odds is a timely wake-up call for today's CEOs, who must work harder than ever to seize the opportunities—and manage the acute risks—that our ever-more complex global business and policy environment has handed them."

Media Highlights

  • UAE Ranked 14th in AT Kearney's Confidence Index

    Khaleej Times, 2 July 2013

    Paul Laudicina, A.T. Kearney chairman emeritus and chairman of the Global Business Policy Council, explains the leveling effect in foreign investment between developed nations and developing economies.

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  • A.T. Kearney's Global Business Policy Council Holds Annual CEO Retreat in Morocco Under Patronage of King Mohammed VI

    Yahoo! Finance, 2 July 2013

    Paul Laudicina, A.T. Kearney chairman emeritus and chairman of the Global Business Policy Council, discusses turbulent change and the global leadership deficit needed to bring strategic visions to reality. 

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  • UAE Moves Up in Global Investment Destination Rankings

    Gulf News, 1 July 2013

    Paul Laudicina, A.T. Kearney chairman emeritus and chairman of the Global Business Policy Council, explains UAE’s move up in the global investment ranking and the positive outlook he sees from investors. 

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  • UAE Ranks 14th in A.T. Kearney FDI Confidence Index Serving as the Main Hub for Regional Investment

    Zawya, 30 June 2013

    “With many of the gains in productivity of the past few years now exhausted, companies themselves will need to generate efficiency gains by improving communication and processes, enhancing speed and flexibility, implementing new technologies, and developing talent,” explains Paul Laudicina, A.T. Kearney chairman emeritus and chairman of the Global Business Policy Council.

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  • Thailand Moves Up to 17th in FDI Confidence Index Ranking

    The Nation, 28 June 2013

    Paul Laudicina, A.T. Kearney chairman emeritus and chairman of the Global Business Policy Council, suggests that while investors are still in a holding pattern, they are starting to find their footing.

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  • Forbes Interview Part 2: Quantum Leap Forward or Back? The Next Global Leadership Conundrum

    Forbes, 24 June 2013

    In part two of a two-part interview with Kevin Cashman, Paul Laudicina discusses global CEO leadership, the challenges of operating in a system characterized by "speed, complexity, and paradox," and what it takes for a CEO to lead a successful, sustainable enterprise.

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  • Forbes Interview Part 1:Quantum Leap Forward or Back? The Next Global Leadership Conundrum

    Forbes, 5 June 2013

    In part one of a two-part interview with Kevin Cashman, Paul Laudicina discusses global CEO leadership, the challenges of operating in a system characterized by “speed, complexity, and paradox,” and what it takes for a CEO to lead a successful, sustainable enterprise.

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  • Find the Balance with Three New Summaries

    Summary.com, 18 March 2013

    Soundview Executive Book Summaries has named Beating the Global Odds one of its 30 best business books of the year, saying "Beating the Global Odds is here to help, showing you how to cut through the clutter and regain your focus as you confront the challenges of the future."

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  • Book Review: Beating the Global Odds

    Soundview Executive Book Summaries, 25 March 2013

    "The global odds seem formidable, but Beating the Global Odds stacks the deck in the executive's favor."

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  • The #1 Shift to Move from Management to Leadership

    Forbes, 28 February 2013

    Kevin Cashman, author of The Pause Principle, invokes themes from Beating the Global Odds in writing about the need for all managers to pause and "discern through the ‘information smog' what is important and to gain deeper awareness and synthesis of information. As leaders, too often we step forward with action to deal with complexity without first stepping back for the clarity we need."

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  • Hub Culture Davos Interview

    Hub TV, 26 January 2013

    Paul Laudicina joins Edie Lush and the Hub Culture Pavilion in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss themes from Beating the Global Odds and his observations from the 2013 World Economic Forum annual meeting.

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  • Beating the Global Odds

    WUSA, 9 January 2013

    “We focus too much on wealth creation and not enough on value creation,” Paul Laudicina told Washington’s WUSA TV in an interview. 

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  • The Economy in 2013: Skip the Predictions, Look for These Signs

    Bloomberg Businessweek, 28 December 2012

    "If you really want to read the tea leaves as the year gets underway, you need to use your peripheral vision to pick up fresh signals of what's ahead," writes Paul Laudicina.

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  • Our "Favorite" Business Books of 2012

    800ceoread.com, 28 December 2012

    Business book retailer 800ceoread.com named Beating the Global Odds one of its favorite business books of 2012.

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  • Bloomberg Radio, 19 November 2012

    Paul Laudicina discussed themes from Beating the Global Odds with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Radio's Taking Stock program.

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  • It Pays for Companies to Do the Right Thing. Even Adam Smith Would Agree.

    Quartz, 16 November 2012

    Paul Laudicina writes that amid the wreckage of bad decisions, ethical lapses, exaggerations, and even outright fraud of the boom years, one lesson is clear: doing the wrong thing doesn't pay in the long run.

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  • Top 25: What Corporate America is Reading, October 2012

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service, 8 November 2012

    Beating the Global Odds was the top-selling book at business bookseller 800-CEO-READ during October 2012.

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  • Big Business Gives Big Bucks to Storm Recovery

    The Fiscal Times, 6 November 2012

    In commenting on corporate relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy, Paul Laudicina says, "Companies who are dedicated to achieving true leadership and service as their priority, above financial return, can authentically provide help and community support as a natural extension of their values and beliefs."

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  • ‘Do Unto Others' Reaps Rewards for A.T. Kearney's Global Chief

    The National, 26 October 2012

    In an interview with Abu Dhabi's largest English-language newspaper, Paul Laudicina discusses themes from Beating the Global Odds and four possible scenarios for the world economy. "We are at an inflection point," he says. "If we get it right, we can unleash the next generation of opportunity. If we get it wrong, we will unleash some very perilous developments."

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  • Three Keys to Beating Information Overload

    Wall Street Journal, 16 October 2012

    Paul Laudicina shares his thoughts on how today's leaders must broaden their information intake and become "discerning omnivores."

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About the Author

Paul A. Laudicina is chairman emeritus of A.T. Kearney and chairman of A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council. Paul was partner and chairman of the board of A.T. Kearney from 2006 to 2012.  He took on this role after the firm regained its independence through a management buyout and guided A.T. Kearney through an extraordinary turnaround. The firm has recorded consistent double-digit growth and its global footprint has expanded by 30 percent to include offices in nearly 40 countries. Previously, he was Managing Director of A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council, a forum of CEOs and thought leaders focused on assessing global strategic opportunities and risk management. In addition to his more than 30 years of private-sector experience, he has also served in the public sector, as legislative director to then U.S. Senator, Joseph Biden. He is the author of a number of articles and books on global strategic issues, including Beating the Global Odds (2012) and World Out of Balance (2005), and was named to Consulting magazine’s annual ranking of the Top 25 Most Influential Consultants in 2005 and again in 2007.

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