Business Restructuring: An Action Template for Reducing Cost and Growing Profit

Overview

Who knew a few years ago that the market would collapse and wewould enter a recession that has instilled such fear anduncertainty into the world? As the fear of failure becomes moreprevalent in business leaders, the result can be utter businessparalysis or—worse—blindly resorting to short-termtactics such as downsizing or outsourcing to meet companies'quarterly numbers. Business restructuring, however, will transformyour business, taking it from declining to growing.

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Overview

Who knew a few years ago that the market would collapse and wewould enter a recession that has instilled such fear anduncertainty into the world? As the fear of failure becomes moreprevalent in business leaders, the result can be utter businessparalysis or—worse—blindly resorting to short-termtactics such as downsizing or outsourcing to meet companies'quarterly numbers. Business restructuring, however, will transformyour business, taking it from declining to growing.

Written by Carla Zilka—one of the most sought-afterrestructuring consultants to corporate America—BusinessRestructuring: An Action Template for Reducing Cost and GrowingProfit offers a way to improve your company's cost structureprocesses and organization to create substantial self-investmentsgeared toward future growth. This proactive book authoritativelycovers:

  • When you need to consider restructuring
  • How to assess your organization—is it "fit andhealthy"?
  • Process to change your cost structure to get the highest valueat the lowest cost
  • Developing a long-term strategy for maintaining corporategrowth, profit, and a competitive edge
  • A logical series of steps and tools for transforming yourorganization into a high- performing system
  • The methodology, approach, and mind-set to achieve your goals inthe most efficient and effective way possible

So, how do you know if your business needs to undertake thejourney of restructuring? You can have the best strategies in theworld, but if you don't have the processes and people optimized toexecute it, your results may not reach the financial goals you setfor the company. Decidedly not for the CEO looking for an instantfix, this book demystifies business restructuring and makes plainthe best practice cost- reduction techniques with a proactiveapproach to jump-start your restructuring program, reap thebenefits, and prevail when others do not.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470503683
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/26/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Carla Zilka is the founder and Principal Advisor of NexGen Advisors, a global business restructuring and transformation firm. As the Principal Advisor, Zilka partners with Fortune 1000 CEOs, hedge funds, and private equity firms to deliver a vision, strategy, and plan on how to effectively restructure and prepare for growth. To date, she and her team have been responsible for cost reductions totaling over $1.5 billion and revenue growth opportunities over $2 billion in under three years.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Chapter 1 Restructuring for Success: The 10-minutecheck.

Why You Need to Restructure.

Are Your Key Financial Indicators Telling You Something?

Notes.

Chapter 2 The Playbook: A Comprehensive Approach.

Creating a Foundation for Success.

Flexible Platform for Achieving Results.

Chapter 3 Putting the Playbook into Action.

Building A Winning Team.

Equipping Your Team With the Necessary Tools.

Note. 

Chapter 4 Setting the Baseline.

Moving from Unconscious Incompetence to ConsciousIncompetence.

You Are Here.

How Fit Is Your Organization?

How Robust Are Your Processes?

Notes.

Chapter 5 Ready to Launch.

Kicking off your Restructuring Project.

So You Think You Can Change?

Notes.

Chapter 6 Executing the Framework.

Moving from Conscious Incompetence to Conscious Competence.

Organizational Efficiency. 

Business Process Improvement.

Business Process Outsourcing.

Business Process Outsourcing as a Key Enabler forRestructuring.

Notes.

Chapter 7 Leadership Essentials for Success.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Plans versus People.

Keirsey Temperament Sorter.

Implication 1: Certain Leaders Have Certain Talents.

Implication 2: Changing a Leader to Fit.

Implication 3: Assessing and Aligning for the Right Roles.

Case Study: Can We Compete in this Arena?

Notes.

Chapter 8 Continuous Improvement.

Moving from Conscious Competence to Unconscious Competence.

CI Organization Structure and Roles.

CI Dashboard.

Training.

Knowledge Management.

Linkages to CI.

Note.

Chapter 9 Summary of Lessons Learned.

Glossary.

Index.

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