I know a lot of you have bought electronic editions of Certain to Win (“a lot” being relative, but I’m highly grateful and flattered, nonetheless) that did not have legible figures and maps. My sincerest apologies.
I’ve uploaded a PDF file with all the graphics in the book. There’s a link to this file on the Articles page.
Some electronic editions also didn’t play well with Table I on page 43. I recreated that table in an earlier post and have also added a link on the Articles page.
Occasionally people ask if I’m working on a new book. Yes. Basically, Certain to Win is still the best snowmobile I can make using concepts from Boyd’s Discourse in the world of business competition. It’s important, and maybe I didn’t stress this enough in the book, but CTW is not a set of analogies from military strategy transferred over to the business world. Many such books have been published, and all of them are bogus.
As Boyd said in the Discourse, his ideas are meant to apply directly to any situation where groups of people compete with other groups of people in a zero-sum situation. These situations include war, business, sports and many other games, parts of politics and so on. They apply differently in these various environments, but if you develop a deep enough understanding of Boyd’s fundamentals, then you can generate ideas for using them in fields of competition where you have expertise.
Now, if you look at the origins of Boyd’s Discourse (also on the Articles page), I’ve mined out the blue and red areas to the extent that I’ll ever be able, even including business strategy in with military strategy. So to go deeper, I need to work over in the green area, and that’s what I’m doing now. When I get enough, I’ll start another book. In the meantime, I can’t see the use of saying the same things over again.
Is the kindle version still available? I can’t seem to find it for sale on Amazon. Since I loaned my trade paperback version out, I was looking for a replacement and thought I’d give the kindle version a try, especially now that you’ve made the figures, maps, and pictures more accessible.
Thanks — The book is published by Xlibris, and it seems like every couple of years, they lose the Kindle connection. Let me see if I can get it back up.
PS — it is still available as an e-book through Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/certain-to-win-chet-richards/1101744844?ean=9781413453768
It’s also available as an ebook through Xlibris: http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0024705001/Certain-to-Win.aspx
Just spoke to Xlibris. They’ve resubmitted the file to Amazon and it should be back up in 3-5 days. Thanks again for the heads up!
Thanks, Chet. I’ll wait till it’s back up at Amazon. Looking forward to it.
Just wanted to let you know that CTW still has no kindle version available on Amazon. I’ll buy the paperback version, but thought I’d let you know in case you wanted to follow up with your publisher.
Thanks. Sorry about that and appreciate your patience. I talked to Xlibris this morning. They said that they resubmitted the book for Kindle shortly after I notified them (back on the 11th) and will resubmit. Generally, getting a Kindle edition up isn’t that hard — it’s what Amazon wants everybody to do.