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The Four Pillars of High Performance / Edition 1

The Four Pillars of High Performance / Edition 1

by Paul C. Light
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How to stay on course and achieve extraordinary performance in a sea of change

In today's change-or-die business environment, companies that achieve the highest levels of performance are "robust organizations"—those that adapt quickly and without losing their strategic direction. Distilling decades of research conducted by Rand, one of the nation's most respected business think tanks, The Four Pillars of High Performance explores the strategies to truly manage change. Using examples, author Paul C. Light extracts powerful lessons for managers and executives, and he provides readers with:

  • Never-before-published research by Rand on the shared traits of the highest-performing companies
  • Cutting-edge techniques for improving performance across an organization
  • Valuable insights into the five major attributes of agility, alignment, metrics, incentives, and impact
  • Case studies and vignettes drawn from the experiences of industry leaders in every sector

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071448796
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 12/14/2004
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Paul C. Light

is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at the The Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution where he established the Center for Public Service, in 1999. The author of 19 books on business, public service, and education, he is a familiar voice on NPR's "Morning Edition" and a well-known public speaker on organizational life.

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The RAND Corporation's organizational strategy advice is based on more than 50 years of research. Author Paul C. Light draws from RAND studies primarily related to the U.S. military to explain the need for organizations to confront unavoidable change with alertness, agility, adaptability and alignment. He notes that these four attributes are equally valuable to small and large businesses, and to organizations of all kinds. You can apply each solid lesson Light takes from RAND's studies to your organization's structure and planning. In fact, some of his points are already common wisdom. Political instability, labor force fluctuations, or the potential for terrorism or economic unrest affect some industries more than others, but every organization is susceptible to unanticipated developments. If you want to find out what to do when your organization gets surprised, we recommend this in-depth research-based report.