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7 Powers breaks fresh ground by constructing a comprehensive strategy toolset that is easy for you to learn, communicate, and quickly apply. Drawing on his decades of experience as a business strategy adviser, active equity investor and Stanford University teacher Hamilton Helmer develops from first principles a practical theory of strategy rooted in the notion of power, those conditions which create the potential for persistent differential returns. 

Using rich real-world examples, Helmer rigorously characterizes exactly what your business must achieve to create power. And create power it must, for without it your business is at risk. He explains why invention always comes first and then develops the Power Progression to enable you to target when your power must be established: in the origination, take-off, or stability phases of your business. Every business faces a do-or-die strategy moment: a crux directional choice made amidst swirling uncertainty. To get this right you need at your fingertips a real-time strategy compass to discern your true north. 7 Powers is that compass. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016 Hamilton W. Helmer (P)2019 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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good content, better off getting the book

. found it hard to follow via audio. content good, technical nature means might be easier to get the book instead

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  • Trevor M.
  • 12-06-2019

"Simple but not simplistic," 7 Powers is powerful

Hamilton Helmer's 7 Powers is a must-listen for anyone whose career or interests include business strategy. The book introduces the economics of how a business may achieve superior returns over time, then unpacks the seven ways in which it is possible.

The book's concepts may be understood by just listening (Joel Richard's narration is very good), but 7 Powers also includes unusually rich supplemental material. The accompanying PDF contains visual material that strongly bolsters understanding of the 7 Powers. Kudos to Helmer and team for releasing the audio of this book for busy professionals and not skimping on the additional material that can be reviewed later to lock in the learnings.

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  • B_CLUTCH
  • 01-09-2021

Bad format for good content

This is how to make a decent book a bad experience. I listen to audiobooks nearly daily as I work out or work around the house. This book references materials such as a downloadable PDF, but then goes as far as using mathematical equations where the reader is reading formulas. S over P (x-y) blah blah where s is the value of something…. Ugh! This happens frequently and is distracting for the listener. If I could return it, I would.

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  • Eugene
  • 08-11-2020

No sumplimentary PDF

The reader refers to sumplimentery PDF all the time, but there is no such PDF in the app. It makes the overall experience of the book just horrible.

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  • ALEX ALBUJA L.
  • 20-07-2020

Excellent book!

What business strategy is really about!

The best book on strategy that is simple but not simplistic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-2021

Simple… but not simplistic

I have been highly recommended to read this book for months now. Professor Helmer really created a masterpiece of strategy theory that can be applied to business and investing contexts.

The progression by which the theories are presented and how he ties up everything together at the end is just mind blowing.

It’s not an easy read and I’ll probably have to trade a few times again to ensure understanding and applicability. I’m more than happy to have this book resource available for my managerial toolkit.

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  • Ivan
  • 17-08-2021

Amazing book, but you cannot just listen to it

Great content! But, if you want to really get it, you must read the PDF while listening... So, a great book to read, but not to listen to.

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  • Mariano Yepes
  • 07-08-2021

good for huge companies

Its good for a very huge company, where players end up ownning the market but not for a small/medium startup. I have now a more clear idea about how this huge companies keep their power, stories are great, but cant put it on practice on my company.

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  • J. Ignacio
  • 28-06-2021

bragging authors write terrible books

obvious concepts explained slowly with fancy words. written by a lucky investor trying to make sense of big but simple business decisions

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  • Brian Sachetta
  • 09-06-2021

Just okay for me

I heard about this one through the “Acquired” podcast. The hosts of that show regularly work Helmer’s “7 powers” into their discussions, so, after listening to several episodes, I felt I had to check this book out for myself.

In the end, I found it to be okay. The work is centered around seven ways that companies can create power (the ability to realize persistent and sustainable returns). I won’t spoil those seven subjects for you here, otherwise, I’d be giving away the bulk of the book.

And that brings to light my main complaint with this one: I didn’t feel as though there was a ton of substance to it besides learning what those seven powers were. Sure, I was still excited to find out about them, but the process of getting there was a bit uninspiring or surface-level at times.

What I did love was the more specific company breakdowns, such as those related to the rise of Netflix. Such stories provide much-needed application and help illustrate the seven powers quite well. However, those stories are lacking in number; I would've liked more of them.

For the reasons above, I’m not too sure I’d recommend this one. That’s not to say it’s a bad book, just that I think there’s more value to be had elsewhere, first.

-Brian Sachetta
Author of “Get Out of Your Head”

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  • LS
  • 27-05-2021

Must-Listen / Read for CEOs & founders

I find this book among the best since Jim Collins "Good to Great".

It's actionable, well thought out, rigorous.

I listen to a _lot_ of audio books while out biking, hiking, driving and don't often review. This, combined with Porter's 5 Forces, form a foundation for business strategy and forming a defensive moat, or attacking a much larger incumbent.

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  • Isla
  • 19-02-2021

Too many formulae

Too mathematical. Might be better in paperback as formulae difficult on audiobook. Generally helpful though

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