Accelerating Performance: How Organizations Can Mobilize, Execute, and Transform with Agility

Accelerating Performance: How Organizations Can Mobilize, Execute, and Transform with Agility

by Colin Price, Sharon Toye


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Transform your organization into a dynamic catalyst for success

Accelerating Performance is not just another “warm and fuzzy” change management book—it's a practical, comprehensive, data-driven action plan for picking up the pace and achieving more. Co-written by one of the authors of Beyond Performance, this book draws on a combination of empirical research and decades of experience advising global companies to show you how to reduce time to value by building and changing momentum more quickly than your competitors.

The META framework (short for Mobilize, Execute, and Transform with Agility) offers advice for leading change at four levels: strategy, the organization, teams, and individuals. In addition to step-by-step guidance toward assessment, planning, and implementation, the book offers:

  • A diagnostic tool for leaders, teams, and organizations to assess their starting place, and highlight the specific areas needed to improve the ability to accelerate performance.
  • A detailed look at the factors proven to create drag—and drive—at each of the four levels: strategy, organizations, teams, and individuals.
  • An exploration of the 39 differentiating actions that organizations can combine as dictated by their strategy and context into a winning recipe.
  • A closer look at the practices of 23 “superaccelerators,” a global (and perhaps unexpected) mix of companies that have demonstrated a consistent ability to accelerate performance.

A single taste of success is all it takes to spark change, but the hard work of following through requires constant vigilance—and a plan. Learn how to capture that drive, bottle it, and use it to sustain motivation, inspiration, and achievement. Deliver at the highest level, and then turn around and do even better next time. Accelerating Performance gives leaders a step-by-step framework for taking action and transforming their organizations, teams, and even themselves—starting today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119147497
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/04/2017
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

COLIN PRICE is an executive vice president and the global managing partner of the Leadership Consulting Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. He has advised many of the world's largest companies, as well as a number of national governments and charitable institutions. He is the coauthor of several books, including Beyond Performance.

SHARON TOYE is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles' London office and a member of the Leadership Consulting Practice. An organizational development expert, qualified psychotherapist, and skilled consultant, she has more than 20 years of experience as an executive and top-team coach.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xv

About the Authors xvii

Introduction 1


CHAPTER 1 The Soft Stuff Really Is the Hard Stuff 7

CHAPTER 2 How to Increase Your METAbolic Rate 17

CHAPTER 3 A Learning Laboratory 31

CHAPTER 4 Our Journey to META 41

CHAPTER 5 What’s Your Current Pace?: A Diagnostic 55


CHAPTER 6 Accelerating Strategy: Less Plan, More Planning 65

CHAPTER 7 Accelerating Organizations: Turning Drag into Drive 85

CHAPTER 8 Accelerating Teams: Capability Equals Ability Minus Ego 123

CHAPTER 9 Accelerating Leaders: The Leader Sets the Pace 149


CHAPTER 10 Finding the Right Recipe 167

CHAPTER 11 The ABC of Behavior Change 181

CHAPTER 12 Change the People or Change the People 199

CHAPTER 13 The Board as Catalyst 211


CHAPTER 14 Ripple Intelligence: Join the Dots 225

CHAPTER 15 Resource Fluidity: Match Resources to Opportunities 237

CHAPTER 16 Dissolving Paradox: Reframe the Issue 249

CHAPTER 17 Liquid Leadership: Connect Beyond Hierarchy 263

CHAPTER 18 Conclusion: It’s More than a Program 273

Research Appendix 291

Index 317

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