Author(s): David Butler
In Design to Grow, Coca-Cola's vice president of Innovation and Entrepreneurship reveals the megabrand's innovative approach to business through design. Scale and agility are essential to every company's success. But large established businesses are in danger of not being able to adapt quickly enough, while even the most nimble startups fail due to their inability to scale. Tomorrow's business winners will be the ones who know how to combine the two. For over a century, The Coca-Cola Company has used design to scale its flagship brand to over 200 countries. But the company is still learning. Over the last decade, it has focused on mastering how to use design to create agility - something most established businesses struggle with. In Design to Grow, Coca-Cola's vice president of Innovation and Entrepreneurship David Butler gives an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the company's design-led strategy for growth. Writing with Fast Company's Linda Tischler, he shows how any business can use the same approach to get to the next level. Clear and actionable, Design to Grow is a must-read for managers in large corporations as well as for entrepreneurs just getting started. David Butler is the vice president of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The Coca-Cola Company and is responsible for Coca-Cola's Accelerator Program designed to generate early-stage, high-growth startups. Under David's leadership, Coca-Cola has been awarded numerous design awards including the prestigious Grand Prix from the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival among others. In 2009, David was recognized by Fast Company as a "Master of Design" and by Fortune for its 2013 Executive Dream Team. David is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Design and Innovation. Linda Tischler is an award-winning editor at Fast Company magazine where she writes about the intersection of design and business. She helped launch the web's largest design site.
What explains Coca-Cola's worldwide market dominance? David Butler and Linda Tischler argue that it's a result of attention to design details at every level of the organization, in every product line, in every country, by every employee. Whatever the size of your enterprise, you'll find in this book a master class in problem-solving, in cross-cultural marketing, and in decision-making -- Daniel H. Pink, author of TO SELL IS HUMAN and DRIVE Big and fast, complex and focused, large scale and agile. These seem like oxymorons in the world of business innovation. Using examples from the history of Coca-Cola, Butler and Tischler show how it is possible to embrace these tensions through the use of design. Reading Design to Grow has caused me to think differently about my company. I am confident it will do the same for how you think about yours Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO Butler has considerable insight and perspective to offer any business ... a worthwhile read Elitebusiness