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Our free-market capitalist system is the world's greatest driver of prosperity, but it has a dark side. Under intense pressure to make the numbers, executives and employees face temptation to cut corners, fudge accounts, or worse. And in today's unforgiving environment, such lapses can be catastrophic. Fines and settlements have amounted to billions of dollars. Careers and companies have imploded.

In High Performance with High Integrity, Ben Heineman argues that there is only ...

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Overview


Our free-market capitalist system is the world's greatest driver of prosperity, but it has a dark side. Under intense pressure to make the numbers, executives and employees face temptation to cut corners, fudge accounts, or worse. And in today's unforgiving environment, such lapses can be catastrophic. Fines and settlements have amounted to billions of dollars. Careers and companies have imploded.

In High Performance with High Integrity, Ben Heineman argues that there is only one way for companies to avoid such failures: CEOs must create a culture of integrity through exemplary leadership, transparency, incentives, and processes, not just rules and penalties. Heineman, GE's chief legal officer and a member of both Jack Welch's and Jeff Immelt's senior management teams for nearly twenty years, reveals crucial "performance with integrity" principles and practices that you can begin applying immediately, and shows how you can drive performance by integrating integrity systems and processes deep into company operations. Such principles and practices also create affirmative benefits: inside the corporation, in the marketplace and in society.

Concise and insightful, this book provides a much-needed corporate blueprint for doing well while doing good in the high-pressure global economy.

From our new Memo to the CEO series--solutions-focused advice from today's leading practitioners.

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Editorial Reviews

Time Magazine
Do good as you do well. That's the message of this wise book by the former general counsel of GE
The Wall Street Journal
Executives who want to make sure that growth and ethics go hand in hand should consider "High Performance with High Integrity," by Ben Heineman Jr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422122952
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Memo to the CEO
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,434,034
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Ben W. Heineman Jr., is Distinguished Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School's Program on the Legal Profession and a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He was GE's Senior Vice President-General Counsel from 1987 to 2003 and Senior Vice President for Law and Public Affairs from 2004 until his retirement at the end of 2005.
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Table of Contents

I The Foundation of the Corporation 1

II Fusing High Performance with High Integrity 9

III Core Principles and Practices 25

IV The Toughest Issues 100

V The Right-Sized Role of the Board 147

VI Building the Foundation 160

Notes 179

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