True Alignment

Author: Edgar Papke
Publisher: AMACOM
ISBN: 0814433375
Format: PDF
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Alignment is the single most critical business challenge for any organization and its leaders. Without it, inefficiency, conflict, and disengagement will cripple your ability to provide value to your customers. Companies live or die based on their ability to communicate and deliver on the promise their brand makes to its customers. To do this effectively, leaders need to clearly define the vision and strategies that support that brand intention and ensure these are manifested in the roles, expectations, and goals of each and every member of the organization. A blueprint for businesses of all types and sizes, True Alignment reveals how to: * Decipher customer expectations * Define the brand as a solution to the customer's needs * Turn the unique selling proposition into the mission * Create a company culture where everyone is aligned to this vision-and responsible for living the brand promise * And more Whether you're a manager, a business owner, an executive, or CEO, True Alignment is an essential resource that will help you compete and succeed in today's complex and rapidly changing business environment.

The Elephant in the Boardroom

Author: Edgar Papke
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
ISBN: 1632659832
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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“When leaders fail to confront conflict, they become the ‘biggest elephant’ in the room.” In a survey of more than 4,000 CEOs, executives, and managers, more than 90 percent admitted they were uncomfortable confronting or engaging in conflict. Yet leaders must realize that every conflict presents an opportunity to reach higher levels of performance. In The Elephant in the Boardroom, award-winning leadership psychologist Edgar Papke explores the unique and challenging relationship that leaders have with conflict, and offers the know-how needed to use conflict as the engine of innovation and creativity. As a result, you will learn how to act courageously and be better equipped to lead and win in today’s complex and turbulent world. The Elephant in the Boardroom will help you: Better understand the unique relationship leaders have with conflict. Gain the self-knowledge required to confront conflict and attain higher levels of leadership performance. Learn how to foster cultures of openness and higher accountability. Identify the sources of dysfunctional conflict to create constructive change effectively. Learn to use a proven, seven-step model for effectively managing and leveraging conflict. Are you ready to confront the “big elephant in the room,” and manage the elephants living and thriving in your organization?

Innovation by Design

Author: Thomas Lockwood
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781632651167
Format: PDF, Docs
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From a study of some of the world's most innovative organizations, this book offers a powerful set of insights and practical solutions to the most important challenge for today's businesses--the need for relevant innovation. --

Business Alliances Guide

Author: Robert Porter Lynch
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN:
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Presents a map of the various options one has on the journey through an alliance; the principles of design; new insights into what has been missing in order to understand alliances; how to find the right partners; purchaser-supplier alliances; some of the consequences that occur when certain principles are violated; how to improve the chances of obtaining excellent results from an alliance and much more.

Transforming Your Leadership Culture

Author: John B. McGuire
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470446737
Format: PDF, Mobi
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CCL fellows McGuire and Rhodes replace the common and popular myth that change in organizational culture is beyond the reach of mere mortals. They offer a practical guide for achieving feasible culture transformation by helping leaders see how leading the culture and managing the operations are two sides of the same coin. The book provides guidance and resources that helps leaders decide: (1) what change is feasible; (2) how to set practical incremental targets of change and development; and (3) what are the tools for navigating the turbulent waters of the change process.

Your Strategy Needs a Strategy

Author: Martin Reeves
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
ISBN: 1625275870
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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You think you have a winning strategy. But do you? Executives are bombarded with bestselling ideas and best practices for achieving competitive advantage, but many of these ideas and practices contradict each other. Should you aim to be big or fast? Should you create a blue ocean, be adaptive, play to win—or forget about a sustainable competitive advantage altogether? In a business environment that is changing faster and becoming more uncertain and complex almost by the day, it’s never been more important—or more difficult—to choose the right approach to strategy. In this book, The Boston Consulting Group’s Martin Reeves, Knut Haanæs, and Janmejaya Sinha offer a proven method to determine the strategy approach that is best for your company. They start by helping you assess your business environment—how unpredictable it is, how much power you have to change it, and how harsh it is—a critical component of getting strategy right. They show how existing strategy approaches sort into five categories—Be Big, Be Fast, Be First, Be the Orchestrator, or simply Be Viable—depending on the extent of predictability, malleability, and harshness. In-depth explanations of each of these approaches will provide critical insight to help you match your approach to strategy to your environment, determine when and how to execute each one, and avoid a potentially fatal mismatch. Addressing your most pressing strategic challenges, you’ll be able to answer questions such as: • What replaces planning when the annual cycle is obsolete? • When can we—and when should we—shape the game to our advantage? • How do we simultaneously implement different strategic approaches for different business units? • How do we manage the inherent contradictions in formulating and executing different strategies across multiple businesses and geographies? Until now, no book brings it all together and offers a practical tool for understanding which strategic approach to apply. Get started today.

Liberating the Corporate Soul

Author: Richard Barrett
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136014098
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The two most critical issues for business today, according to CEO's Barrett has worked with, are: "How to tap the deepest levels of creativity and the highest levels of productivity of our employees." In a world where competition has become global, successful companies are learning to build competitive advantage through their human capital. In the 21st Century, even that will not be enough. Success will also hinge on whether, in the eyes of the employees and society-at-large, the organization is a trusted member of the community and a good global citizen. Developing a values-driven approach to business is quickly becoming essential for financial success. Who you are and what you stand for are becoming just as important as what you sell. "More than simply a majestic vision, Richard Barrett's book brilliantly describes the ways and means for business leaders to create the compassionate and viable future we urgently need on our beautiful planet." -Godric E.S. Bader, F.R.S.A., Life President, Scott Bader Commonwealth Ltd. "If every corporate executive bought this book and assigned it for in-house management development courses, the world would become a better place." -Hazel Henderson, author, Building a Win-Win World and Creating Alternative Futures "As we approach the new Millennium the world seeks clear thinkers with visionary concepts to help unravel the challenges before us. Richard Barrett's inspiring new book Liberating the Corporate Soul weaves a rich tapestry balancing heart and soul with a practical down-to-earth corporate vision for the future." -Craig and Patricia Neal, Co-Founders, Heartland Institute "Liberating the Corporate Soul presents a convincing rationale for making ethical and socially responsible behavior the best foundation for building and maintaining a high performance, globally successful business." -Robert W. MacGregor, President, Minnesota Center for Corporate Responsibility "Liberating the Corporate Soul gives a powerful set of tools for organizational transformation. I highly recommend it." -Ann Svendsen, Consultant and author of The Stakeholder Strategy: Profiting from Collaborative Business Relationships "Practical advice to tap the source of creativity and innovation which every business seeks." -Ron Nahser, President and CEO of The Nahser Agency/Advertising, Chicago "The bold, practical blueprint we need for moving business to the next evolutionary level. Sweeping, brilliant a sense of the grandeur of the new paradigm of business." -Martin Rutte, President Livelihood, co-author Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work "Liberating the Corporate Soul is a must read for leaders who want to shape a government built on values, innovation, and greater efficiency." -Jody Zall Kusek, Director of Strategic Planning and Performance Management, U.S. Department of the Interior "Liberating the Corporate Soul achieves the impossible: it integrates the intangibles of ethics, vision, and consciousness into a tangible measurement system." -Marcello Palazzi, Bsc, Msc, MBA, Co-Founder and Chair, Progressio Foundation, The Netherlands "Liberating the Corporate Soul provides a paradigm shifting look at how business leaders can harness the creative potential of their staff and their organizations. The author concisely develops and explains several tools that will enable managers to create an organizational foundation that will foster alignment, accountability and strategic focus." -Tad McKeon, MBA, CPA, CQM, 1997 Senior Examiner, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, co-author, Transforming Home Care: Quality, Cost and Data Management "This book has captured the true challenge of business today: nurturing values-based organizations to which employees and other stakeholders commit. It is also an excellent guide to achieving this goal which is proving to be the most important success factor of our times." -Margareta Barchan, CEO and President, CELEMI, Sweden "This book breaks new ground in helping business leaders take responsibility for the whole. It encourages us to build a better world through business." -George E. McCown, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, McCown, De Leeuw & Co., Chairman, World Business Academy "If you want to install in your company a climate of trust, harmony, creativity and vision . . . If you accept to be honest about your own values and ethics . . . Jump on this book, it is one of the best I know, linking a new vision with concrete and effective tools helping you to revitalize and reenchant your enterprise." -Marc Luyckx, Forward Studies Unit European Commission, Brussels

Hidden Value

Author: Charles A. O'Reilly
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 9780875848983
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Discover How the Best Companies Win Not By Acquiring the Right People--But By Building the Right Organization The "war for talent" is one battle every company believes it should be waging. But while competitors are busy chasing after the same "hot" individuals, smart companies are doing something infinitely more useful and far more difficult to copy--they're building organizations that make it possible for ordinary people at every desk and cubicle in their companies to perform as if they were stars. Blowing up the prevailing wisdom that companies must chase and acquire top talent in order to remain successful,Hidden Valueargues instead that the source of sustained competitive advantage already exists within every organization. O'Reilly and Pfeffer, leading experts on organizational behavior and human resources, argue that how a firm creates and uses talent is far more important than how the firm attracts talent. The authors provide vivid, detailed case studies of several organizations in widely disparate industries--including Southwest Airlines, Cisco Systems, The Men's Wearhouse, and NUMMI--to illustrate how long-term success comes from value-driven, interrelated systems that align good people management with corporate strategy. In a refreshing break from management tomes that force-feed superficial frameworks and trite "rules," the authors instead allow the company stories to take center stage. They guide readers in discovering for themselves how seven different firms maximize talent, why one firm hasn't fully released the hidden value in its work force, and, most importantly, how the winning companies have made it tough for competitors to imitate them. Collectively, the stories reveal a common path to success that places values before strategy, emphasizes implementation over planning, and focuses on getting the best out of all employees, not just individual stars. The authors also explore concerns or questions managers might have about how each company's experience parallels or conflicts with their own. Providing a rare opportunity for managers to actively participate in an invaluable learning process,Hidden Valueoffers a customizable template for building high-performance, people-centered organizations.

Ten Steps to a Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation System

Author: Jody Zall Kusek
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 0821389076
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This Handbook provides a comprehensive ten-step model that will help guide development practitioners through the process of designing and building a results-based monitoring and evaluation system.

The Interpretation of Cultures

Author: Clifford Geertz
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465093566
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In The Interpretation of Cultures, the most original anthropologist of his generation moved far beyond the traditional confines of his discipline to develop an important new concept of culture. This groundbreaking book, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award of the American Sociological Association, helped define for an entire generation of anthropologists what their field is ultimately about.