The Orange Code
How ING Direct Succeeded by Being A Rebel With A CauseBook - 2008
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 believes in the power of individuals to control their financial destiny-and his long-running partnership with Bruce Philp, the branding consultant who helped him make ING Direct a cause to its own people and a household name across North America.
- Discusses the unconventional approach to business strategy, leadership, and management that built ING Direct
- Written by the company's CEO, Arkadi Kuhlmann, the driving force behind this unique company and its approach and Bruce Philp, the branding expert who has worked with some of the world's most well-known and valuable brands
- Reveals how the cause of personal financial empowerment has made everyone a winner in the ING Direct story
The level of success achieved by ING Direct holds some important lessons and offers some much-needed inspiration to a business world that could use a little of both right now.
Authors Kuhlmann (founder of Canada's ING, the country's largest Internet-based bank) and Philp (writer and branding consultant) chronicle ING's unusual rise and what may be its even more unusual business philosophy. Characterized as "a rebel with a cause," ING's core branding strategy and philosophy focus on ordinary people who believe they have been shut out of contemporary mainstream financial institutions. These consumer advocates relate the story of ING's journey and development in an anecdotal and conversational style that incorporates both humor and introspection. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)