“I believe two things can get your message across to any reader…Simplicity and Humour….this book takes a complex concept called Strategy and gives you fifty simple ideas in a humorous way, what a wonderful way to learn and apply in real life!!”
“Strategy is an esoteric topic of management, reserved for the elite in management schools. It is most definitely time, that someone thought of bringing it down to earth. I commend my friend, Prof Rajesh Pillania for having attempted this task which is at the same time onerous and sacrilegious. Readers and practitioners both will enjoy reading the book, because it will demystify strategy in their mind. I will hope that Rajesh writes a sequel on Execution, because, as we know, strategy is nothing without execution.”
“When I first heard that Rajesh has written a book titled Strategic Humour, I was literally amused. Strategy & Humour – how are they related! However after reading the introductory stories I realized how wrong I was. Rajesh has explained the dry and complicated concepts related to Organization strategy in a very light and amusing fashion which lets anyone who may have little or nothing to do with management grasp the topic well. A great read.”
“Once solely used by the military, adaptation of the word “strategy” by the commercial world has created more confusion than intended. It is one of the most loosely used jargon at various layers of management, especially at the top. Rajesh has brilliantly captured this dilemma through his easy narrative and quick-witted illustrations. A must read for the managers…”
“Rajesh is funny and incisive in this book while explaining strategy. The answers to dense concepts come alive through Rajesh’s unique way of communicating with stories and simple examples. This book will go a long way in demystifying a much-talked about but improperly-understood subject.”
“Rajesh in his new book has tried to democratize strategy beyond the C-Suite with his careful use of innuendos and nuanced examples……Reading the book has been a pleasure since each one of us can relate to most of the oft repeated occurrences which somewhere strike a vibrant chord….I am sure this book will further add to developing fresh and newer ideas…..Interesting read”.
“This comic book style guide to strategy is hilarious, unintimidating and easy for a first timer to understand. At the same time is offers a fun and fresh perspective for the expert. Basically, a good read for everyone!”
“I must say that Rajesh has worked smartly to lend the view of applicability to the subject of strategy, in his own unique caricature and story format. We need more of such authors, professors & these illustrations, to extend the learnings of these subjects beyond the walls of the classroom for the yearning students and business professionals. While I enjoyed the privilege of being taught by the esteemed professors of IIM Bangalore, I would have loved to assimilate the learnings further by relating to such humorous illustrations as we read in this book – Strategic Humour. I hope that we have this methodology incorporated soon into the Business Cases which we use in the management schools, to relate to the subjects of Strategy, Organisation Behaviour, Microeconomics or even Statistics.”
“Rajesh has filled a long felt vacuum of humour in the complex area of strategy. The book is hilarious and brings a fresh perspective to strategy. It is a good read for both practitioners and academics.”
“Desire of many of us to mis-use popular words without adequate understanding about implementation aspects may be a reason for low utility of useful concepts. Efforts by Professor Pillania to enhance the utility of strategy through the route of humour may prove very useful. It will certainly help many people relate to strategy, aspire to learn more, experiment, learn and share.”
“Rajesh’s unique and hilarious tome will resonate with strategy professors and consultants, as well as managers and students, who have experienced awkward strategy interpretations and conversations. Rajesh deftly handles a broad range of strategic issues (including the models and frameworks) and offers big picture lessons through clever vignettes from everyday life experiences as well as movies, sports, and XYZ company. Rajesh’s humorous take on strategy is a welcome addition that humanizes our experiences working through individual, team, business, corporate and network strategy levels, and gives us all a well-needed session of laughter.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It looks at Strategy with a fresh perspective and breaks it down from a non-cliched point of view. Dr. Pillania has managed to take a very “done to death” topic and infused it with life to make it an interesting, new and humorous take on ‘Strategy’.”
Startup Strategic Humour
A great primer for start ups. 30 concepts have been taken up and explained in the most innovative way. The book covers most of the situations start ups likely to face and gives solutions while asking some questions too. A must read for start ups and those aspiring to start their own venture.
Startup Humour is a useful roadmap for those interested on a start-up trek. Through a mix of illustrations, role plays and lessons from the real and movie-world, this book scopes out some of the challenges and opportunities that entrepreneurs could face when they set up a business for the first time. In an easy and lucid manner, this book inspires, teaches valuable lessons, offers a checklist and provides important reality checks. A must for those willing to take the plunge.
In its simplicity the book manages to convey pertinent points. No doubt it’s being your own boss is a great vision. And bringing it to life, managing, sustaining, scaling requires your 200% +. Rajesh tries to keep his messaging simple and jargon free so that we can all relate to the challenges that lie ahead.
Startup Humour by Prof Rajesh K Pillania is an extremely smart book. It’s well-structured and is written in a clear, easy to read format, with great examples that truly give the reader valuable insights. This book provides very good guidance for people who are just starting their own ventures or those who are in the early stages of their enterprise.
Startup Humour is a wonderful and witty take on the buzzing Indian startup movement. For us to attract and sustain the startup momentum, the paradigm needs to morph to sustainable innovation and IP creation. The book very nicely captures both the chaos as well as the opportunity in this eco-system.
Startups offer incredible opportunities for people, young and old, to realise their dreams. The Startup road is full of potholes that need to be navigated. The journey is tough but the final success of the undertaking is very fulfilling. I hope many Startup Entrepreneurs will benefit from this book.
“STARTUP HUMOUR succeeds in demystifying the path of a first time entrepreneurial journey. In an innovative and simple manner the book highlights the pitfalls along the way, how to avoid them and come up with a successful business strategy. A must read for the first time entrepreneur.
Startup Humour attempts to simplify the multiple challenges that an Entrepreneur faces in their own start up journey in a simple, lucid and entertaining manner. Prof Rajesh K Pillania’s communication style through cartoons is both engaging and thought-provoking to the reader. This style of storytelling helps the reader to connect with the examples quoted against each concept and in the process, understand them clearly. I would recommend this book to every entrepreneur as it would help them with their anxieties and concerns that they may face and be well prepared for in the future.
Start-up Humour: Democratizing startup strategy by Dr. Rajesh Pillania is an attempt to extract simple strategy lessons from movies; anecdotes and common jokes and convey them in a question-answer mode using cartoons between co-founders and strategy professor. The 30 lessons conveyed through simple, non-jargonistic language should be useful tips to first generation startups. My compliments to him for conveying important lessons in simple style.
Rajesh’s book tackles an important topic, especially for a developing country like India where entrepreneurship is extremely important to continued development. His approach is reader friendly, engaging and jargon-free. It will help aspiring entrepreneurs many of whom might lack formal education, understand key ideas about entrepreneurship. It is a novel and valuable contribution to the literature.