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Today more than ever, your senior leaders must produce "Straight A" work. Quint Studer's fourth book is the study guide they need.

Straight A Leadership, a book by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Quint Studer, can help your organization achieve the peak performance it needs to survive in the toughest environment.

The book is based on Studer Group's work with hundreds of top healthcare organizations. It makes the case the vast majority of problems organizations face fall under one of the following three categories:

Alignment - Think of C-suite leaders as aircraft pilots. If a pilot makes even a tiny error in setting longitude or latitude at the start of the flight, the plane can end up in the wrong city. Likewise, a small misalignment at the top echelon of a healthcare organization can spark problems that multiply as they cascade through the leadership hierarchy-causing everyone to veer off course.

Action - Sometimes an organization is implementing the right action plan but it's being poorly executed. Other times, so many actions are taking place that they're working against each other, in the way that multiple medications can interfere with each other's effectiveness. Either way, the impact of each action is diminished or desired results go completely unmet.

Accountability - An organization may be properly aligned and taking the right action steps, but without a good system of accountability in place, it will get only short term gains. The absence of accountability-for selecting the right talent, teaching the right tools and techniques, validating positive behaviors and evaluating overall performance-can derail long term results.

Straight A Leadership offers a wealth of thoughtful, evidence-based insights on addressing the three "A's" in light of an organization's external environment. It also shows senior leaders how to evaluate their own execution in these areas and provides a "tool kit" that will help them get the organization moving in the right direction. It's the perfect book for any leader who wants to stay on the cutting edge in making their organization the best.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984079414
  • Publisher: Fire Starter Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 359,007
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Quint Studer is the founder of Studer GroupĀ®. A recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Studer Group implements evidence-based leadership systems that help clients attain and sustain outstanding results. Other books include Wall Street Journal bestseller Results That Last and BusinessWeek bestseller Hardwiring Excellence.
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  • Posted November 26, 2009

    Straight A Leadership is a Must Read!

    Quint Studer provides "straight forward" tools and tactics to help leaders better understand the external environment and how to lead to survive it. A few of my key takeaways from the book include:

    "Mandatory is okay." When evidence shows a certain way of doing things is the most effective way, that way needs to become mnadatory. (p.4)

    "Set high goals." A low goal enables a lack of urgency. (p.5)

    "Execute quickly." It's not about the plan. It's about the ability to execute the plan. (p.8)

    "Best Practices are Over-Discussed and Underused." He gives eight tactical steps to improve the spread of best practices. (p.62-65)

    This book is a perfect read for senior leaders and middle managers to increase their leadership skill set.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2009

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    Senior Leader Resource

    The 3 A's Alignment, Action, Accountaiblity are truly the keys to creating a successful organization. The book includes tools and examples of ways to bring your orgnziation together moving in the same direction. Quint is a powerful leader sharing his learnings from across the world.

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  • Posted November 26, 2009

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    A must have book for medical professionals

    Alignment, action and accountability. Quint Studer, founder and CEO of the Studer Group lists three things that an organization must have to succeed in the increasingly competitive medical environment. First they must align their entire organization to a set of goals. If part of the organization is not aligned they will work against the larger goal. Second, the organization must take specific actions to get where they need to go. Studer calls these 'prescriptive to-do's.' Just knowing what to do isn't enough, you must go and do the work. Many organizations suffer from what Studer calls paralysis of analysis. And finally the organization must put into place a system of accountability to make certain everyone gets on board. Studer's many years of consulting with the very best medical organizations in the country shows in this comprehensive and innovative book. No matter where you fit in the field you will learn something new from this book, and furthermore something you can put into action immediately to improve your organization. This is not a book you will read and put aside. It becomes a workbook that you will refer to on a regular basis to make you a better professional.

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