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Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

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Great book from a hands-on leader and advisor

'Execution' is about getting things done, being persistent and realistic, as well as managing the 3 core processes; strategy (why? and what?), operations (how?) and people (who?). Building a performance culture is never as easy as it sounds. Looking back a few years...
'Execution' is about getting things done, being persistent and realistic, as well as managing the 3 core processes; strategy (why? and what?), operations (how?) and people (who?). Building a performance culture is never as easy as it sounds. Looking back a few years, try to recall a few of those companies with great media attention and grand strategic visions. Many of them failed. And many of them will fail again and again, because the heroes are strategic visionaries that never bothered to deal with the issue of execution; continually and personally making sure that things were actually done. You know, when all is said and done, usually more is said than done... If you found this book fascinating, you'll probably have some of the execution traits hidden in your personality preferences. If you want to check it out, you might visit some of free Internet sites for a test. For a business, I believe it's paramount to make sure that you have a well-balanced team on all levels in the hierarchy. This also includes having enough executives with execution traits. Advice: Don't assume you have it; test it! Conclusively, this is a great book. I liked it so much that I even also bought the audio version! The reason for the audio version is that these execution ideas simply are needed to be absorbed over several readings (or listenings). Otherwise, you won't be able to start changing your behavior (which you can change, unlike your innate preferences). While commuting, I often turn the CDs on and find it inspiring to forget about traffic jams and just getting the views of Charan and Bossidy in their own voices. However, I do agree that the book easily could have been shorter. Peter Leerskov, MSc in International Business (Marketing & Management) and Graduate Diploma in E-business

posted by Anonymous on April 4, 2005

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Too many war stories mar this book, which can be boiled down to this - CEOs must sweat the details without micro-managing. Perhaps I am too theoreticaly oriented, but much of this book seems to be simple common sense rather than insight. The last portion of the book, ab...
Too many war stories mar this book, which can be boiled down to this - CEOs must sweat the details without micro-managing. Perhaps I am too theoreticaly oriented, but much of this book seems to be simple common sense rather than insight. The last portion of the book, about how actually to execute, is quite good, the first 2/3 is fluff.

posted by Anonymous on November 1, 2007

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