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ISBN: 0470538791

ISBN13: 9780470538791

The Orange Code: How ING Direct Succeeded by Being a Rebel with a Cause

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How championing consumers led to ING Direct's revolutionary rise in the banking industry In an industry dominated by big banks with little patience for their customers, ING Direct has always strived to be different-a rebel with a cause, if you will-and in doing so, they've become the most successful online banking venture in history. The Orange Code recounts ING Direct's intriguing story, explaining the philosophy of its founder Arkadi Kuhlmann-who...

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More than just a business guide, a reflection of society!!!

This book is very useful for people beyond those involved in the business community. There are so many lessons that can be taken from this book. The main lesson to be taken from the book, I would argue, is that today's social environment creates a situation in which consumers are more likely to react to appeals based on a message with substance, rather than a mere marketing gimmicks. These new consumers will demand that products be sold to them upon the basis of such messages. This requires that organizations adopt a new mindset to capture the opportunity that is presented by this environment. These messages can be adopted to almost any organizational setting. Very insightful and useful.!!!

The Orange Code - An insider's response

I first heard Arkadi speak a few weeks ago at the Bank Administration Institute's 'Retail Delivery Conference' in Novemver 2008 in Orlando. I am an insider - a former banker who spends most of his time these days teaching and consulting with bankers on pricing deposits. I was intrigued by his message so I picked up the book to read on a long trip half way across the world. Of course I already knew about ING Direct and its success. I expected to be told most of what I already knew. Instead I found it full of insight on ING Direct's core principals, its branding strategy, its thought process behind its maverick behavior, management communication and a number of things I hadn't thought about. Those things are core to an outstanding success story. If you intend to reinvent your business it is a 'must read'. I will be ordering a copy for each of our staff members to prepare those willing to make the committment for a planning retreat in which we intend to reinvent our business. I suggest you do the same.

Truly Compelling Leadership Book

This book got me thinking about why everyone mimics everyone else in business. Why do all banks act the same way (have branches, credit cards, ATMs, car loans, checking accounts, etc.)? For that matter, why do almost all car dealerships, or department stores, airlines, etc. act in the smae way? Arkadi Kuhlmann has provided his own answer by trashing some of the sacred practices of established banks and creating a new company that is wildly successful by standing for something in the face of the customer. Every company should have the courage to step out of line, restrategize and reorganize to deliver something meaningful for customers. Harley-Davidson has done it. Southwest has done it. Apple has done it. And ING Direct has done it, even in the wreckage of numerous failed banks. My opinion: Buy this just might save your company.

The Orange Code: The key to leadership for the 21st century

I bought this book out of my interest to understand ING DIRECT's raison d'être behind its leadership, and discovered that this book is a fantastic personal examination of the passionate conviction, focus and loyalty to a cause that was in sore need of a champion. The narrative provides a personal account from Kuhlmann and Philp. Together they create a story of authentic leadership, and the value of creating a 'brand nation'. I believe The Orange Code will be an inspiration to leaders across all industry sectors to look at their business in a whole new light: success calls for more than knowing and understanding consumers, you need to believe and fight for them. If there's only space for one more business book on your shelf, this is it.

Refreshing look at leadership

This book is an inspiring and refreshing look at leadership from the perspectives of two gurus from their respective industries. Funny, insightful, informative and timely, The Orange Code couldn't be released at a more appropriate time, as it reaffirms the notion that an organization can be successful, not in spite of, but because it consistently strives to do "the right thing."
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