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Stacking the Deck

October 20, 2014


David S. Pottruck provides and "An Operator's Manual for Leading Breakthrough Change" in Stacking the Deck.

An Operator's Manual for Leading Breakthrough Change


"An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action

rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage." – Jack Welch

In business, if you're not changing, or evolving with the continually shifting environs you are falling behind.  And yet, still today many people rely on businesses that become unnerved by change – often without explanation.  So how does a business not only keep up with change but stay ahead of it? 

In Stacking the Deck: An Operator's Manual for Leading Breakthrough Change by David S. Pottruck, readers will read expert guidance and advice on how to effectively implement breakthrough change in their organizations that will guarantee success.

Stacking the Deck is filled with in-the-trenches stories of experienced leaders of bold, sweeping change in organizations from Intel to Pinkberry, from Asurion to Starbucks  Mr. Pottruck, former CEO of Charles Schwab and recipient of the "Morningstar CEO of the Year" award, guides readers through the social and emotional reality of leading others and all the ups and downs that can entail, provides a 9-step plan to help leaders successfully organize and drive breakthrough change and is based on a course he teaches at Wharton.

Leading breakthrough change is certainly not for the faint of heart. But armed with the right insights, a time proven process, and perspective gained from leaders who have "been there and done that" success is within reach.

About the Author:

David S. Pottruck (San Francisco, CA) is the Chairman of HighTower Advisors, a $25 billion wealth management firm that he helped to launch in 2008. He serves on the Board of Directors of Intel Corporation, and is on the Board of Directors of several early stage companies. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Charles Schwab Corporation until 2004.  He joined the company in 1984 as Executive Vice President of Marketing and led its innovative direct response advertising campaigns. He has been named one of the "Top 15 CEOs" by Worth; "CEO of the Year" by Information Week; "Executive of the Year" by the San Francisco Business Times; and "CEO of the Year" by Morningstar. He is the co-author with Terry Pearce of Clicks and Mortar: Passion Driven Growth in an Internet Driven World. He is a Senior Fellow and adjunct faculty member at the Wharton School's Center for Leadership and Change Management. In 2010 and again in 2012, he was Wharton San Francisco's highest rated faculty member and received the school's "Outstanding Teaching Award" for his class "Leading Bold Transformational Change."

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