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Built to Change: How to Achieve Sustained Organizational Effectiveness
     

Built to Change: How to Achieve Sustained Organizational Effectiveness

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by Edward E. Lawler III, Christopher G. Worley, Jerry Porras
 

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In this groundbreaking book, organizational effectiveness experts Edward Lawler and Christopher Worley show how organizations can be “built to change” so they can last and succeed in today’s global economy. Instead of striving to create a highly reliable Swiss watch that consistently produces the same behavior, they argue organizations need to be

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In this groundbreaking book, organizational effectiveness experts Edward Lawler and Christopher Worley show how organizations can be “built to change” so they can last and succeed in today’s global economy. Instead of striving to create a highly reliable Swiss watch that consistently produces the same behavior, they argue organizations need to be designed in ways that stimulate and facilitate change. Built to Change focuses on identifying practices and designs that organizations can adopt so that they are able to change. As Lawler and Worley point out, organizations that foster continuous change

  • Are closely connected to their environments
  • Reward experimentation
  • Learn about new practices and technologies
  • Commit to continuously improving performance
  • Seek temporary competitive advantages

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118046913
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/17/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
665 KB

What People are Saying About This

"Lawler and Worley have done it. Built to Change captures the change challenge faced by most executives and offers practical tools that not only dissect change but provide hope that the constancy of change need not be feared but relished. They explain how to anticipate leadership challenges and make them manageable. This gift is why Lawler continues to reign in this profession as the thought leader for ideas with impact."

--Dave Ulrich, professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and partner, The RBL Group

"Built to Change is a dramatic departure from the tired approach of looking back at successful companies and identifying elements of excellence.  Lawler and Worley have broken new ground in helping companies to look forward and understand the requirements for success in a constantly changing world."

--David A. Nadler, chairman and CEO, Mercer Delta Consulting, LLC

"The absence of change is just another description for death in business as in life. Ed Lawler and Chris Worley seize on this point to provide an insightful look into what makes a business not only survive but thrive in today's global marketplace. The book is concise, comprehensive and a must read for anyone responsible for ensuring the success of a company, large or small."

--Patrick L. Johnson, president and CEO, Pro-Dex, Inc.

"This is an important book for organizations positioning themselves for future success. It provides insight about the issues companies need to consider to ensure success"

--Ben R. Leedle Jr., CEO, American Healthways, Inc.

"This is classic Ed Lawler. A serious student of organisations before many oftoday's chief executives were born, he has collected more detailed data about the management practices of more companies over a longer period than almost any other researcher. His writing is research-based, relevant, long on insight and short on extravagant claims."- Financial Times (London)

"A survival guide for organizations of the future!"

-- Marshall Goldsmith, executive coach and author is the author of The Leader of the Future, Global Leadership: The Next Generation and Coaching for Leadership.

Meet the Author

Christopher G. Worley is a research scientist at USC's Center for Effective Organizations and the former director of the Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) program at Pepperdine University. He is the author of Integrated Strategic Change.

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Built to Change: How to Achieve Sustained Organizational Effectiveness 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This is a bold, fascinating and occasionally dangerous book, which we recommend to those who want to plan carefully and honestly for the future. Why 'carefully' and 'honestly?' Because authors Edward E. Lawler III and Christopher G. Worley are savvy enough to identify the kind of organization best suited for a business environment shaped by continuous change - and bold enough to prescribe the actions leaders must take to survive in this environment. These actions require care and honesty because they differ so fundamentally from many past business practices. For example, the idea of continually re-planning your market position sounds straightforward. However, to then eliminate all employees who have done great work, but whose skill base does not match the firm¿s new portfolio, is risky and requires great faith in your vision. As the authors repeatedly note, the future is difficult to predict, and impossible to predict completely. What¿s more, for individual managers to examine their organizations, see that they no longer fit and voluntarily step aside will require rigorous honesty and responsibility. They would need to have planned their careers and finances well enough that self-interest does not blind them. Many of this book¿s ideas have a similar nature. They seem good and right, but applying them successfully will require great discipline.