Your business challenges extend far beyond you and your firm, to the competitors within your industry and the regulators outside it. Finding solutions to larger issues requires cooperation between diverse stakeholders, and in this rapidly changing world, only those able to adapt and network successfully will produce fast, competitive solutions.
How can leaders successfully bridge divides and turn competitors into collaborators? Leavitt and McKeown explain how a well-chosen network can become a powerful alliance. Whether you're launching a new partnership, or rehabilitating one already in progress, Finding Allies, Building Alliances will help you find workable solutions to the most complex problems.
- Written by Mike Leavitt, former Governor of Utah who brought the 2002 Winter Olympics to Salt Lake City, former US Secretary of Health and human services, and former head of the EPA; with his former Chief of Staff and business partner Rich McKeown, co-founder of Leavitt Partners
- Includes a framework of 8 elements that will help any leader foster and maintain an effective, productive collaborative venture
- Shows how better collaboration can not only solve problems, but boost the competitiveness and resilience in all sectors
Finding Allies, Building Alliances is essential reading for any business leader looking for transformative solutions and a sustainable future.
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About the Author
Mike Leavitt was elected governor of Utah three times. He then served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Secretary of Health and Human Services and administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He has since returned to the private sector to found Leavitt Partners, which advises clients in the health sector. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Rich McKeown is cofounder, president, and CEO of Leavitt Partners. He served as chief of staff during Mike Leavitt's terms as governor of Utah, administrator of the EPA, and Secretary of Health and Human Services. Before working in government, he was an educator, a lawyer, and a mediator. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Clayton M. Christensen ix
1 The Collaborative Foundation: What It Is and Why It’s Essential Today 7
2 A Common Pain 27
3 A Convener of Stature 41
4 Representatives of Substance 55
5 Committed Leadership 67
6 A Clearly Defined Purpose 83
7 A Formal Charter 101
8 The Northbound Train 113
9 Defining Common Ground 125
10 Collaborative Intelligence 145
11 Alliance Enterprises: When and How to Create Ongoing Collaborations 163
12 Collaborative Competitive Edge 173
Appendix: WRAP Charter 189
About the Authors 205
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a great book for anyone who want to understand how to work with groups to solve a common problem. I enjoyed reading how Mike Leavitt uses his extensive personal experiences to support his common-sense approach to making groups--or collaborations as he terms them--work better and more efficiently. I highly recommend this book.