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– Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan

“Execution may very well be the best business book of the year, and one of the most useful to have come around in a long time. This smart and pithy book focuses on a simple though vexing challenge: How can the leaders of an organization exhort their people to deliver on the most important goals?….It’s rare to find a book like this that blends smart practice with intelligent articulation of how to get things done. Do yourself a favor. Buy it.” –The Boston Globe

“Making all of the moving parts of an organization function smoothly together is just plain hard work. By describing how he has done it, Mr. Bossidy has come up with a valuable and practical management guide that is must-reading for everyone who cares about business.” –The New York Times

“If you want to be a CEO–or if you are a CEO and want to keep your job–read Execution and put its principles to work.” –Michael Dell, chairman and CEO, Dell Computer Corp.

“A how-to book for the can-do boss….If even half the corporations in America pondered their suggestions, the economy would be in much better shape. Moreover, Bossidy and Charan boast an impressive enough track record that anyone who wants to stay sharp at the helm will welcome their assistance.” –BusinessWeek

“Sound, practical advice on how to make things happen.” –Ralph S. Larsen, chairman and CEO, Johnson & Johnson

“Here’s the real deal…. This is no-nonsense stuff…. The leaders who sweat the small stuff, hire the right people, make the tough decisionsand stick around to see that they’re carried out are the real winners…. Forget the swarmy memoirs, cheesy parables, advice for idiots, and leadership secrets of despots and barbarians. Getting it done is, according to Bossidy and Charan, the only way to grow.” –The Miami Herald

“Captures a lifetime of building winning formulas and puts them in a simple, practical context for executives at any level.” –Ivan Seidenberg, president and CEO, Verizon [From: Goodreads.com]

The book that shows how to get the job done and deliver results . . . whether you’re running an entire company or in your first management job

Larry Bossidy is one of the world’s most acclaimed CEOs, a man with few peers who has a track record for delivering results. Ram Charan is a legendary advisor to senior executives and boards of directors, a man with unparalleled insight into why some companies are successful and others are not. Together they’ve pooled their knowledge and experience into the one book on how to close the gap between results promised and results delivered that people in business need today.

After a long, stellar career with General Electric, Larry Bossidy transformed AlliedSignal into one of the world’s most admired companies and was named CEO of the year in 1998 by Chief Executive magazine. Accomplishments such as 31 consecutive quarters of earnings-per-share growth of 13 percent or more didn’t just happen; they resulted from the consistent practice of the discipline of execution: understanding how to link together people, strategy, and operations, the three core processes of every business.

Leading these processes is the real job of running a business, not formulating a “vision” and leaving the work of carrying it out to others. Bossidy and Charan show the importance of being deeply and passionately engaged in an organization and why robust dialogues about people, strategy, and operations result in a business based on intellectual honesty and realism.

The leader’s most important job—selecting and appraising people—is one that should never be delegated. As a CEO, Larry Bossidy personally makes the calls to check references for key hires. Why? With the right people in the right jobs, there’s a leadership gene pool that conceives and selects strategies that can be executed. People then work together to create a strategy building block by building block, a strategy in sync with the realities of the marketplace, the economy, and the competition. Once the right people and strategy are in place, they are then linked to an operating process that results in the implementation of specific programs and actions and that assigns accountability. This kind of effective operating process goes way beyond the typical budget exercise that looks into a rearview mirror to set its goals. It puts reality behind the numbers and is where the rubber meets the road.

Putting an execution culture in place is hard, but losing it is easy. In July 2001 Larry Bossidy was asked by the board of directors of Honeywell International (it had merged with AlliedSignal) to return and get the company back on track. He’s been putting the ideas he writes about in Execution to work in real time. [From: Ram-charan.com]

Unlike many other books on the market that stress high-minded, complex theories, Larry Bossidy’s and Ranm Charan’sExecution is a unique and indispensable guide to corporate strategy that focuses on the quality most essential to every business — the ability to get things done. Bossidy, the chairman and CEO of Honeywell International, and Charan, a much-praised adviser to companies such as General Electric, use the simple metaphor of building a house to illustrate the importance of execution: The concerns that often occupy the attention of executives — incentive systems, process design, promotions, new approaches to organization structure — are just the walls or roof of a house, while successful execution is the true core, the foundation upon which everything else rests.
As the authors note in their introduction:
“Execution is a systematic process of rigorously discussing hows and whats, questioning, tenaciously following through, and ensuring accountability.”
If you want to create an organization in which strategic planning and day-to-day operations are supported by tangible results, then this book will be an invaluable guide. Execution may well be the most useful business book you’ll read this year. [From: Barnesandnoble.com]

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