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Today we're pleased to feature an essay from Ram Charan, author of Leaders at all Levels. Here, Charan discusses the impact profit and loss has on the balance sheet and overall health of an organization, especially when a leader is in tune with those numbers. An intuitive feel for business is evident in good leaders, whether seasoned or rookie, and it is the ability to harness that acumen that makes the difference, especially when it comes to adding value to the organization or when promotion opportunities are at hand. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Last week, The Wall Street Journal announced their Top Small Workplaces 2007 winners. The Journal asked the folks who run those places what books they would recommend to others trying to create first-class workplaces. Here the alphabetical list of their selections. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
"Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done" by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, CrownBusiness, 260 Pages, $27. 50 Hardcover, July 2002, ISBN 9780609610572 Note: This review was first published in 2002. In a recent conversation with an editor at a major publishing house, I shared my belief that Execution is still one of the best books on strategy and execution. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
U. S. News and World Report has a huge special report on the Best Business Books. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Mea culpa: I am one of the pod people, an invadee of the body snatchers, when it comes to the mass hysteria surrounding the iPhone. To me this is not a story about an insanely great $500 cel phone cum music player; Jobs’s landmark keynote signaled an event of huge business consequence. More than a shiny new toy, more than the buzziest product of the decade, more than a business tool with ginormous cultural cachet; this iPhone blows me away in the following ways. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
The Game-Changer: How You Can Drive Revenue and Profit Growth with Innovation by A. G. Lafley and Ram Charan, Crown Business, 336 pages, $27. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Channel Insider recently posted a slide show of 21 Must Read Books for Business Success. It was compiled by asking "successful solution providers what books have both inspired them and shaped their approach to making their businesses a success. " You can get detailed descriptions of the books by viewing the slide show, but the list itself, with links, below. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
According to Ram Charam and Larry Bossidy's book Execution, the leader's seven essential behaviors are: Know your people and your business Insist on realism Set clear goals and priorities Follow through Reward the doers Expand people's capabilities Know yourself. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
When Execution was first published, it changed the way we did our jobs by focusing on the critical importance of "the discipline of execution" the ability to make the final leap to success by actually getting things done. Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan now reframe their empowering message for a world in which the old rules have been shattered, radical change is becoming routine, and the ability to execute is more important than ever. Now and for the foreseeable future: - Growth will be slower. But the company that executes well will have the confidence, speed, and resources to move fast as new opportunities emerge.
- Competition will be fiercer, with companies searching for any possible advantage in every area from products and technologies to location and management.
- Governments will take on new roles in their national economies, some as partners to business, others imposing constraints. Companies that execute well will be more attractive to government entities as partners and suppliers and better prepared to adapt to a new wave of regulation.
- Risk management will become a top priority for every leader. Execution gives you an edge in detecting new internal and external threats and in weathering crises that can never be fully predicted. Execution shows 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. With paradigmatic case histories from the real world--including examples like the diverging paths taken by Jamie Dimon at JPMorgan Chase and Charles Prince at Citigroup--Execution provides the realistic and hard-nosed approach to business success that could come only from authors as accomplished and insightful as Bossidy and Charan.