The Loop Approach Book Summary - The Loop Approach Book explained in key points
Listen to the Intro
00:00

The Loop Approach summary

Sebastian Klein, Ben Hughes

How to Transform Your Organization from the Inside Out

3.9 (96 ratings)
25 mins

Brief summary

The Loop Approach by Sebastian Klein & Ben Hughes teaches how to design and implement successful digital products and services by using the loop approach, a system that prioritizes feedback and continuous improvement.

Table of Contents

    The Loop Approach
    Summary of 8 key ideas

    Audio & text in the Blinkist app
    Key idea 1 of 8

    The pyramid structure that defines most organizations is no longer suited to the conditions organizations face today. 

    During the Roman Empire, the Emperor reigned supreme. He sat at the top of a hierarchical pyramid, issuing orders to minions below him.   

    But while the Roman Empire is long gone, the pyramid structure upon which it was based is not. In fact, most of today’s large organizations and companies rely on a top-down system of organization based on hierarchy. At the top is the equivalent of the Roman Emperor – the CEO – who makes decisions and passes down orders to the bosses below him. From there, the orders move down the tiers of managers and sub-managers until they reach those at the bottom of the pyramid – the workers.   

    This system is extremely prevalent because it’s effective in organizing large groups of people into an enterprise. That’s because this structure reduces complexity. It’s based on a simple principle: everyone must follow orders from above. It’s largely thanks to the pyramid structure that the Roman Empire came to rule over vast swathes of the Western world. It’s also why so many companies and organizations have conventionally adopted this structure. 

    But while the pyramid structure worked well for the Roman empire, and until recently, for many large corporations and businesses, that structure is not suited to dealing with the uncertainties that organizations face today. 

    That’s because times are changing. The business environment is more challenging than ever. For one thing, technology is changing at the speed of light, which means that those businesses that are unable to adapt fall by the wayside. What’s more, new competitors and business models emerge every day, adding further to the uncertainty. 

    This is where the pyramid structure falls short. While this structure is effective when it comes to executing plans, it’s slow and clunky when it faces change and must adapt. 

    This is especially true of large organizations. Why? Because they’re so big. When an organization’s environment changes, for instance, it’s not usually the boss at the top of the pyramid who notices. It’s the workers at the bottom, who interact with the surrounding environment directly. But by the time that change in conditions is communicated up the chain of command so that decisions can be made in response, it’s often too late. Faster, more agile competitors have already reacted and moved ahead. 

    For all these reasons, it’s time to say goodbye to the pyramid structure and hello to the Loop Approach. 

    Want to see all full key ideas from The Loop Approach?

    Key ideas in The Loop Approach

    More knowledge in less time
    Read or listen
    Read or listen
    Get the key ideas from nonfiction bestsellers in minutes, not hours.
    Find your next read
    Find your next read
    Get book lists curated by experts and personalized recommendations.
    Shortcasts
    Shortcasts New
    We’ve teamed up with podcast creators to bring you key insights from podcasts.

    What is The Loop Approach about?

    The Loop Approach (2019) presents a systematic approach to the transformation of organizations. Its toolkit of ideas and methods is designed to help even the largest organization change its bad habits, thus enabling it to adapt to the challenges of the future. 

    The Loop Approach Review

    The Loop Approach (2021) presents a fresh and innovative method for solving complex problems by embracing a circular economy mindset. Here's why this book is worth picking up:

    • It offers a practical framework that helps businesses develop sustainable practices while also improving their bottom line.
    • The book explores real-world case studies and examples, illustrating the tangible benefits of adopting circular economy principles.
    • With its engaging and accessible writing style, readers will find themselves genuinely interested in this environmentally conscious approach to business.

    Best quote from The Loop Approach

    Clarity is the prerequisite and foundation for good work.

    —Sebastian Klein, Ben Hughes
    example alt text

    Who should read The Loop Approach?

    • Business leaders looking for ways to update their company structures
    • Teams aiming to work more effectively as a group
    • Entrepreneurs wishing to establish organizations that are forward-looking

    About the Author

    Sebastian Klein and Ben Hughes began considering the future of work while working together at the start-up Blinkist. They developed the Loop Approach at TheDive, a hub focused on social responsibility and entrepreneurship, and tested and refined it at companies such as Audi Business Innovation, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom and Europace. 

     

    Original: The Loop Approach © 2019 Campus Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main/New York

    Categories with The Loop Approach

    Book summaries like The Loop Approach

    People ❤️ Blinkist 
    Sven O.

    It's highly addictive to get core insights on personally relevant topics without repetition or triviality. Added to that the apps ability to suggest kindred interests opens up a foundation of knowledge.

    Thi Viet Quynh N.

    Great app. Good selection of book summaries you can read or listen to while commuting. Instead of scrolling through your social media news feed, this is a much better way to spend your spare time in my opinion.

    Jonathan A.

    Life changing. The concept of being able to grasp a book's main point in such a short time truly opens multiple opportunities to grow every area of your life at a faster rate.

    Renee D.

    Great app. Addicting. Perfect for wait times, morning coffee, evening before bed. Extremely well written, thorough, easy to use.

    People also liked these summaries

    4.7 Stars
    Average ratings on iOS and Google Play
    31 Million
    Downloads on all platforms
    10+ years
    Experience igniting personal growth
    Powerful ideas from top nonfiction

    Try Blinkist to get the key ideas from 7,000+ bestselling nonfiction titles and podcasts. Listen or read in just 15 minutes.

    Start your free trial

    The Loop Approach FAQs 

    What is the main message of The Loop Approach?

    The main message of The Loop Approach is to embrace a new way of thinking and working to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

    How long does it take to read The Loop Approach?

    The reading time for The Loop Approach varies depending on the reader, but it typically takes several hours. The Blinkist summary can be read in just 15 minutes.

    Is The Loop Approach a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The Loop Approach is a valuable read for those looking to improve their productivity and problem-solving skills. It offers practical insights and strategies in an accessible format.

    Who is the author of The Loop Approach?

    The authors of The Loop Approach are Sebastian Klein and Ben Hughes.

    What to read after The Loop Approach?

    If you're wondering what to read next after The Loop Approach, here are some recommendations we suggest:
    • The Road to Reinvention by Josh Linkner
    • How to Fix Meetings by Graham Allcott and Hayley Watts
    • Change the Culture, Change the Game by Roger Connors and Tom Smith
    • The Long-Distance Teammate by Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel
    • How to Future by Scott Smith with Madeline Ashby
    • Just Listen by Mark Goulston
    • The Idea Is the Easy Part by Brian Dovey
    • The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
    • Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven
    • Do Breathe by Michael Townsend Williams