The Reinventors: How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change

The Reinventors: How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change

by Jason Jennings


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For most businesses, success is fleeting. There are only two real choices: stick with the status quo until things inevitably decline, or continuously change to stay vital. But how?

Bestselling leadership and management guru Jason Jennings and his researchers screened 22,000 com­panies around the world that had been cited as great examples of reinvention. They selected the best, verified their success, interviewed their leaders, and learned how they pursue never-ending radical change.

The fresh insights they discovered became Jennings's "reinvention rules" for any business. The featured companies include: Starbucks-which turned itself around by mak­ing tons of small bets on new ideas. Fresher store designs, better food products, and free Wi-Fi were a few of the results. Apollo Tyres-which launched the Apollo Academy to train everyone and reinvented how it finds, keeps, and grows people. It went from five hundred million to two billion in annual sales in only a few years. Arrow Electronics-which found success by solving problems that drove its customers crazy and has become a twenty-billion-dollar electronics giant by shifting its focus from selling commodities to custom tailoring solutions. Smithfield Foods-which faced a PR crisis over the way it slaughtered animals and polluted the environment and transformed itself by hiring an environmental activist and empowering him to transform the company's ethos.

If you're ready to toss same old, same old out the door, The Reinventors will become your road map to successfully pursuing continuous change. It will help your company stay relevant for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591844235
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/10/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jason Jennings has spent more than twenty years teaching businesspeople how to build great organizations. He gives more than sixty keynote speeches every year and is the author of two previous business bestsellers: Less Is More and It's Not the Big That Eat the Small, It's the Fast that Eat the Slow. He lives near San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Constant Change And Growth 9

Chapter 2 Letting Go 29

Chapter 3 Picking The Destination 55

Chapter 4 Kiss A Lot Of Frogs 75

Chapter 5 Who Stays, Who Leads, Who Goes 99

Chapter 6 Getting And Keeping Everyone On The Same Page 123

Chapter 7 Forever Frugal 149

Chapter 8 Systematize Everything 181

Chapter 9 Don't Hesitate 207

Acknowledgments 229

Index 233

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