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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Excellent high level guidance for businesses

    This book doesn't go into details on process, etc, but it does cover the essentials of corporate vision, strategy, and execution. It is concise and to the point, and provides reasonably good case study examples.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Leadership.

    "Never by Chance" by Calloway, Feltz and Young is a remarkable management text, so clearly written by experienced leaders who have taken the trouble to think their craft through and articulate it with compelling skill. Much of the management literature covers (rather speculatively) aspects of teamwork and managing people but in a naive way, failing to recognize these people are adults. "Never by Chance" exudes hard fought marketplace experience and expresses core beliefs about how people should be led. In this, the authors avoid a set of tactics that someone might copy before moving on to try something else. Instead they offer powerful examples and implore the reader to think through their own organization. The importance of culture is stressed and the role of leaders in creating it, in a way that conveys both nuance and practicality. Rather than deal with these ideas as "soft" or peripheral to the business, Calloway, Feltz and Young make it clear that this is the business. A simple and inspiring read on a complex and difficult subject that few address. The best management work I've read since re-reading Drucker last year. And the only one that sits in my bookshelf at work (along with Drucker).

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