Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself

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A manifesto for change in an era when change is the name of the game.

In Practically Radical, William C. Taylor offers radical ideas and practical advice to help you fix what's wrong with your organization, launch new initiatives with the best chance to succeed, and rethink the logic of leadership itself. Exploring how twenty-five for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations?including IBM, Zappos, Swatch, the Girl Scouts, and Interpol?made remarkable strides in tough ...

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Overview

A manifesto for change in an era when change is the name of the game.

In Practically Radical, William C. Taylor offers radical ideas and practical advice to help you fix what's wrong with your organization, launch new initiatives with the best chance to succeed, and rethink the logic of leadership itself. Exploring how twenty-five for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations—including IBM, Zappos, Swatch, the Girl Scouts, and Interpol—made remarkable strides in tough circumstances, Practically Radical raises (and answers) the make-or-break questions facing today's leaders in every field:

  • Do you see opportunities the competition doesn't see? The most successful organizations embrace one-of-a-kind ideas in a world filled with "me-too" thinking.
  • Do you have new ideas about where to look for new ideas? Routine practices in one field can be revolutionary when they migrate to another.
  • Are you the most of anything? In business today, the middle of the road is the road to ruin.
  • Are you getting the best contributions from the most people? Change is not a game best played by loners.
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Editorial Reviews

Arianna Huffington
Practically Radical inspires leaders to aim higher—to produce lasting change by advancing deeply held values. The ideas are fresh, the advice is stuff you can actually use, and the results will be tangible. Read this book—then roll up your sleeves and get to work!”
Daniel H. Pink
Practically Radical is the most powerful and instructive change manual you’ll ever read. It will persuade and inspire you to change your business, your work, and maybe your life.”
Anne Mulcahy
“We all understand the need for change and transformation in the business world. Rarely do we address the implications of implementing change in organizations. Practically Radical takes on this challenge as a handbook for successful transformation. A great tutorial for implementing your change agenda.”
Guy Kawasaki
Practically Radical is packed with big ideas, hands-on advice, and inspiring case studies to help you succeed. It’s a game plan for entrepreneurs and executives who want to change the world for the better.”
Publishers Weekly
As the business world becomes increasingly competitive, global, and adoptive of new technologies, companies worldwide are constantly searching for answers about how to best evolve to meet their customers’ needs and to stay abreast of their competitors. Taylor (Mavericks at Work) asserts that change is the name of the game; he takes us on an inside look at 25 companies that have grown ever more adaptive to not merely survive but thrive in today’s challenging environment. Taylor’s book is intended to guide leaders in launching fresh initiatives and rethinking “the logic of leadership itself as they work to rally their colleagues around an agenda for renewal.” The work achieves its promise with actionable prescriptions and meaningful examples, such as how organizations like the Girl Scouts have redefined their brand and revitalized their mission, how Zappos has reimagined retail and service, and why, like IBM, leaders must constantly challenge the status quo by examining the self-reflection and commitment to innovation. An engaging and briskly written read, this will captivate and benefit business people interested in change and innovation. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061734687
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 351,804
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

William C. Taylor is a cofounder of Fast Company and coauthor (with Polly LaBarre) of Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win. A graduate of Princeton University and the MIT Sloan School of Management, he hosts a blog on being "Practically Radical" on HarvardBusiness Online. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with his wife and two daughters.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Game Plan for Game Changers xiii

Part 1 Transforming Your Company 1

1 What You See Shapes How You Change-The Virtues of Vuja Dé 3

2 Where You Look Shapes What You See-Of Big Dots, Pit Stops, and Hot Spots 42

3 Radically Practical (I)-Five Truths of Corporate Transformation 82

Part 2 Shaking Up Your Industry 93

4 Are You the Most of Anything? Why Being Different Makes All the Difference 95

5 Different on Purpose-Motivation, Inspiration, and the Heart of Innovation 136

6 Radically Practical (II)-Five New Rules for Starting Something New 172

Part 3 Challenging Yourself 183

7 Leadership Without All the Answers-Ambition, Humbition, and the Power of Hidden Genius 185

8 Hidden Genius at Work-From Shared Minds to Helping Hands 215

9 Radically Practical (III)-Five Habits of Highly Humbitious Leaders 243

Appendix: Practically Radical Workbook-Exercises to Reshape Your Company and Recharge Yourself 255

Acknowledgments 265

Notes 268

Index 284

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