Rory Sutherland – Alchemy


HOW DOES MAGIC HAPPEN? The Ogilvy advertising legendone of the leading minds in the world of branding(NPR)explores the art and science of conjuring irresistible products andideas.

“A breakthrough book. Wonderfully applicable to about everything in life.” Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan

Veins of wisdom emerge regularly and brilliantly from these pages. Don’t miss this book. Robert B. Cialdini, author ofInfluence

Why is Red Bull so popular, though everyoneeveryone!hates the taste? Humans are, in a word, irrational, basing decisions as much on subtle external signals (that little blue can) as on objective qualities (flavor, price, quality). The surrounding world, meanwhile, is irreducibly complex and random. This means future success cant be projected on any accounting spreadsheet. To strike gold, you must master the dark art and curious science of conjuring irresistible ideas: alchemy.

Based on thirty years of field work inside the largest experiment in human behavior ever conceivedthe forever-unfolding pageant of consumer capitalismAlchemy, the revolutionary book by Ogilvy advertising legend Rory Sutherland, whose TED talks have been viewed nearly seven million times, decodes human behavior, blending leading-edge scientific research, absurdly entertaining storytelling, deep psychological insight, and practical case studies from his storied career working on campaigns for AmEx, Microsoft, and others.

Heralded as one of the leading minds in the world of branding by NPR, Sutherland is a unique thought leader, as comfortable exchanging ideas with Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman and Richard Thaler (both interviewed in this audio) as he is crafting the next product launch. His unconventional and relentlessly curious approach has led him to discover that the most compelling secrets to human decision-making can be found in surprising places:

What can honey bees teach us about creating a sustainable business?

How could budget airlines show us how to market a healthcare system?

Why is it better to be vaguely right than precisely wrong?

What might soccer penalty kicks teach us about the dangers of risk-aversion?

Better branding, Sutherland reveals, can also be employed not just to sell products, but to promote a variety of social aims, like getting people to pay taxes, improving public health outcomes, or encouraging more women to pursue careers in tech.

Equally startling and profound, Sutherlands journey through the strange world of decision making is filled with astonishing lessons for all aspects of life and business.

Author: Rory Sutherland
Narrator: Rory Sutherland
Duration: 9 hours 38 minutes
Released: 19 Jul 2005
Publisher: HarperAudio
Language: English

User Review:

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This book invited me to value those things that normally are underrated or even criticized, like doing nothing.