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Yet complexity doesn't happen on its own. Managers unwittingly create it, often through well-intended decisions. In Simply Effective, Ron Ashkenas provides a playbook for regaining control, ...
Yet complexity doesn't happen on its own. Managers unwittingly create it, often through well-intended decisions. In Simply Effective, Ron Ashkenas provides a playbook for regaining control, focused on the four major causes of complexity:
-Constant changes in organizational structures
-Proliferation of products and services
-Evolution of business processes
-Time-wasting managerial behaviors
The author provides a diagnostic for identifying how these causes of complexity are affecting your organization-and presents practical tactics for combating each one.
Ashkenas also explains how to craft a strategy that will make simplification an ongoing driver of your company's success-no matter where you work in your organization. Abundant examples from companies like ConAgra Foods, GE, Cisco, Zurich Financial Services, and Johnson & Johnson illuminate his points.
A crucial resource in today's overly complex age, Simply Effective should be required reading for everyone on your management team.
Posted December 16, 2010
As it should be, this book on simplicity is straightforward. Ron Ashkenas, a teacher at heart, mixes informative bits of the history of organizational management with incisive descriptions of top companies. He knows some of these companies intimately and helped them apply the strategies he articulates. He moves smoothly from the corporate level to the individual level. Sure, Ashkenas wants firms to do better, but that also requires managers to buck up and fix their own bad habits. This book is descriptive and pragmatic, outlining "what is wrong with your system" and "how to fix it." Ashkenas's diagnostic tools will help those who want to start productive dialogues at work. Chapter 5, on "curbing complexity-causing behaviors" is worth the price of admission. You could readily convert its detailed description of what managers should or shouldn't do into a developmental continuum to help measure your firm's progress toward simplification. getAbstract recommends this book to managers at every level because it really might make the world a better - or, at least, a simpler - place while improving the bottom line.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.