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The 2,000 Percent Solution
     

The 2,000 Percent Solution

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by Donald Mitchell, Robert Metz, Carol Coles
 
Organizations, like people, are creatures of habit. They tend to approach problems in predictable ways. This revolutionary book argues that such ingrained habits, which often masquerade as efficient procedures, actually obstruct growth.

The 2,000 Percent Solution introduces "stallbusting," a process that shows you how to recognize typical stalls (like

Overview

Organizations, like people, are creatures of habit. They tend to approach problems in predictable ways. This revolutionary book argues that such ingrained habits, which often masquerade as efficient procedures, actually obstruct growth.

The 2,000 Percent Solution introduces "stallbusting," a process that shows you how to recognize typical stalls (like poor communications, disbelief, misconceptions, procrastination, tradition and bureaucracy) and how to overcome them.

Through unorthodox examples ranging from the sinking of the Titanic to sketches attributed to Leonardo da Vinci for a bicycle, The 2,000 Percent Solution redirects knee-jerk reactions onto more productive paths.

In addition, you'll learn about a new set of thought processes for designing and implementing solutions that will reap benefits 20 times greater or faster than the same tired "normal" solutions.

Packed with specific examples, advice and questions to help you improve your organization's process weaknesses, you'll learn how to go beyond today's best practices into the uncharted realm of what needs to be imagined and accomplished.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Argues that ingrained habits in organizations, often masquerading as efficient procedures, actually stall growth, and shows how to recognize typical stalls and overcome them. Uses unorthodox examples, ranging from the Titanic to da Vinci's bicycles, to examine common stalls, and gives directions for dealing with these causes of organizational inertia and inefficiency.
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Washington Times
Are you procrastinating? . The authors . . . have a handle on the issue of complacency . . . [The authors] provide a clear and concise look at the many road blocks that good ideas must overcome in most companies. By identifying and offering other directions, they show how companies can avoid these blocks and find some other roads to travel.
Computerworld
The authors tackle 'stalled' thinking . . .Tradition, Disbelief, Misconception, Unattractiveness, Bureaucratic, Communication and Procrastination. Any information technology manager is likely to recognize all of these. Chapters 9 through 16 identify 'stallbusters' — seven steps for overcoming these problems. Chapter 9 is an excellent source for overcoming one's own 'stalls.' The book is enlivened with brief vignettes incorporating historical examples.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595749874
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/14/2003
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 16

Stall Busters: Assignment to Help you make the most of the Eight Step Process

Learn the Process, Teach the Process and Do this Assignment:

Make everyone aware that the process will be repeated in the same area again and again.

Set dates to start repeating the process at the time the process is begun.

Set dates to begin repeating the Eight Steps in those other important management processes.

Add to your ability as an organization to use the eight step process through improved capabilities like:
More measurement capabilities to spot more ways to improve
Better ability to identify cause and effect
Better access to organizations with best practices in sub-processes
Faster ability to capture learning from other organizations
Better forecasting of the likely rate of process improvement in the future
Improved conceptualization of the theoretical best practice
Better planning to approach the theoretical best practice rapidly with contained costs, while obtaining an ability to expand rapidly into new opportunities as a result of having approached the theoretical best practice.

What People are Saying About This

Robert C. Clark
Drawing on a wealth of examples from history, business, sports, and entertainment, The 2,000 Percent Solution applies rigorous thinking to important issues that impede the growth and progress of organizations. The result is a series of practical recommendations of ways leaders can accomplish much more and improve the sucess of their organizations dramatically.
— (Robert C. Clark, Dean, Harvard Law School )
Norman R. Augustine
In calling attention to the basic breakdowns or 'stalls' that can, and have, afflicted so many organizations, The 2,000 Percent Solution offers a visionary yet commonsense way to be a victor rather than a victim in today's rapidly evolving world.
— (Norman R. Augustine, Former Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation)
Charles P. Phillips
A much-needed paradigm for unlocking hidden potential. The organization that demonstrates an unswerving commitment to the 2,000 percent solution wiill be well-positioned to consistently deliver exponential success rather than small, insignificant change.
— (Charles A. Phillips, President and CEO, United Distillers & Vintners, North America)
C. Michael Armstrong
An exciting book that rightly focuses on the enormous benefits that can stem from truly radical thinking about any business. Its greatest strength is the hundreds of engaging, real-life stories that illustrate the authors' principles.
— (C. Michael Armstrong, Chairman and CEO, AT&T Corporation )
Walter Kiechel III
If you ask yourself and your company just half of the questions suggested in this book, maybe just one-quarter of them, you will be vastly better prepared for the 21st century.
— (Walter Kiechel III, Former Managing Editor, Fortune Magazine)
James M. Kilts
Organizations fall behind when they stand still. Many achieve perpetual motion only to find that they've been running in circles. The 2,000 Percent Solution is a blueprint for managers seeking to harness the energy of the organization and transform it into forward progress with growth momentum. It offers clear thinking that can help make your organization a bigger winner.
— (James M. Kilts, President and CEO, Nabisco )

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