Beat the Odds: Avoid Corporate Death and Build a Resilient Enterprise

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History confirms that the odds are very slim for any organization to survive for more than a few decades, including many of those revered in other books for their current success. Beat the Odds evolved from a study of a broad pool of companies across a wide spectrum of performance over an extended period of time. It clearly illustrates why great organizations slip from leader to follower to road kill and how organizations can Beat the Odds and avoid this fate.

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Overview

History confirms that the odds are very slim for any organization to survive for more than a few decades, including many of those revered in other books for their current success. Beat the Odds evolved from a study of a broad pool of companies across a wide spectrum of performance over an extended period of time. It clearly illustrates why great organizations slip from leader to follower to road kill and how organizations can Beat the Odds and avoid this fate.

Key Features: Presents a tested and comprehensive nine-part integrated framework for understanding, building, and ensuring both short- and long-term organizational success, regardless of changing economic, financial, regulatory, and technology factors, Provides prescriptive steps for immediate practical deployment of the framework and its underlying principles, Illustrates the validity, power, and value of the nine principles using real examples, and shows the toxic effects of ignoring them, Features three case studies that illustrate how aligned leadership teams can harness the framework to secure their organization's long-term success, Includes mini-case studies for readers to gain practice using the diagnostic tools provided and to test their understanding of the framework before applying it to their own organization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932159684
  • Publisher: Ross, J. Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


About the Author     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Understanding the Reasons Underlying Success and Failure
Introduction     3
Why Nine Principles? (Aren't There Enough Business Books Already?)     9
The Building Blocks of Success: Nine Principles for Organizational Fitness and Success
Principle 1: Establish a Purpose     17
Principle 2: Live and Defend Your Core Values     27
Principle 3: Create the Future     35
Principle 4: Articulate an Inspiring Vision-and Lead!     43
Principle 5: Develop the Right Strategy, Business Models, and Competencies     55
Principle 6: Align and Energize the Organization     69
Principle 7: Measure Only What You Want to Achieve     77
Principle 8: Decide! Act! Get on with It!     87
Principle 9: When in Doubt, Apply Common Sense     97
Implications for the Organization and for Individuals     103
Profiles of Success: Three That Are Beating the Odds
Six Generations and Still Strumming: Martin Guitar     109
Starting Off on the Right Foot: LANXESS Corporation     125
Retooling the Management Tool Kit: ITT Corporation     137
Next Steps
The Path to Ensuring Long-Term Health     155
Reader Exercises Illustrating the Nine Principles     163
Epilogue: Making a Difference Starts Here     177
Assessment and Diagnosis Templates     179
Quotable Quotes     215
Source Notes     229
Index     235
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2007

    Beat the Odds -- A Very Worthwhile Read

    Rudzki¿s book, Beat the Odds is a very worthwhile read. Not only does this book provide information about success in today¿s world, it provides a very good model to follow with tools to immediately use in your own business to ensure that your company is one of those that can beat the odds! I liked Rudzki¿s style of writing and the anecdotes, company examples and stories he tells drive home his points. His model is easy to understand and, as mentioned, the tools provided gave me an immediate way to analyze my own business. This is not a book to be glanced at and put on the bookshelf. This is not an academic exercise ¿ this book is one that can be used almost immediately to analyze and evaluate an organization. I highly recommend this as a ¿must read¿ for anyone who is interested in understanding why great organizations fail and what to do to make sure your company doesn¿t fall into that category.

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