3 out of 4 stars
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Strategy 123 by Praveen Raveendran is a book about the current global state of affairs. It seeks to enlighten on the steps to take to ensure a better and more sustainable future. Praveen uses his vast experience from living and working in several countries like Russia, Australia, India, and United Arab Emirates to inform his arguments and thoughts. Each country presented a unique set of problems, and some issues cut across all of them. He has also garnered impressive work experience, including senior management positions in Fortune 500 multinationals and Big 4 firms. The book is in six parts, which are in chronological arrangement, ranging from failures of the world to future projections and direction of growth.
It begins by detailing past developmental and political mistakes and achievements like the view of liberal democracy as a threshold for a fully developed nation. This historical perspective allows for comparisons with the present and conclusions on the positivity or negativity of our progress. The book further highlights a variety of issues like market evolution and black money economy, infrastructure issues, profiling, inflation, food waste, environmental degradation, and plastic pollution, among others. The author uses the United States as the reference of a superpower country, stating its strengths and vulnerabilities as well. The aim is for counties and corporations to derive applicable lessons to achieve a better growth pattern. He further includes the challenges and untapped opportunities in other countries and regions like Africa, Asia, and Europe.
The author uses specific, diverse, and relatable examples to back up the statements and arguments. The examples range from revolutionary companies like Microsoft and Airbnb, oppressive regimes, and controversial company and country policies. Praveen also incorporates his life story and the people he knows in the illustrations on several topics. This gives the reader more insight into the topics under discussion and a chance to learn more about the author. The tone is friendly and warm, giving a feeling of engaging in a direct conversation with the author.
My favorite aspect of the read is the large and high-resolution photographs, Excel sheets, pie charts, and graphs. These improve the quality of the writing and give visual evidence of the discussions. For instance, when portraying projections or trends, it is easier to follow and understand the graphs. The illustrations also include a source, speaking highly of their reliability and authenticity. However, I dislike the overall flow of the book. The topics are numerous, and each is succinctly mentioned before moving on to the next. For instance, one paragraph can be about online markets and sales, the next about politics, then infrastructure development.
The book is professionally edited; I found only four slight grammatical errors. The language employed is intelligible and free of profanities or any sensitivity. Strategy 123 contains a vast array of information on global trends and challenges. It further specifies and categorizes them per region and economic and social status (developed and developing nations). However, it is too broad and does not have a particular strategy for individuals or companies to follow. It simply mentions and discusses a problem and gives a final sentence on a possible solution, which seems impractical. Therefore, I have to give Strategy 123 a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to those looking for general knowledge about our world, worrying trends, and possible solutions. It is a quick read with curious insights.
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