Despite strong competition from the likes of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and McDonald's, Starbucks has managed to succeed year after year. Best-selling author Jason Jennings' latest book is The Reinventors: How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change. In this audio segment, he shares one of the keys to Starbucks' success and discusses why he believes Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman's attempts to mirror Starbucks' success are misguided.

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