Instaread Summary of Shoe Dog A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
Four out of five stars
This summary largely reads as a synopsis, fact based with no flair. Knight was clearly a confident man in his early years of marketing shoes, with little background or experience, he was able to convince Japanese shoe makers to have him market their shoes in the United States. Knight’s idea is clearly one that you think about for a moment and wonder why it was original and unique to him.
Knight certainly stretched and went beyond the rules, once even conducting a raid on a briefcase in order to learn what one of his Japanese contacts was planning to do. He developed new shoe factories without telling his contacts and at one point was so financially strained that the payroll checks bounced. Yet, he always managed to find another source of funding and the reward was great wealth and a company with one of the greatest brand recognitions in the world.
Although the book is a memoir, it is also a lesson in perseverance and vision. The summary gives you the background of a man that beat the odds and it could be used as a short motivator in business classes. Although it reads a bit dry at times.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.