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Fit to Compete: Why Honest Conversations about Your Company's Capabilities Are the Key to a Winning Strategy

Michael Beer

"In thirty years of working in corporations, Michael Beer has witnessed how organizational silence has derailed many a strategic objective. When lower-level employees in the organization can't speak truth to power, senior leaders don't hear what they need to hear about their firm's fitness to compete. Employees lose trust in higher-ups and become more resistant to change. In Fit to Compete, Beer presents an antidote to silence--an innovative and highly effective process for holding honest conversations with everyone in your organization. Used by over 150 organizations across the globe, the Strategic Fitness Process has helped leaders in industries as diverse as medical technology, restaurant chains, and pharmaceuticals hear the raw and necessary truth about the sources of misalignment between their strategies and their organizations. In addition to a step-by-step guide, Beer offers detailed and illustrative case studies of companies that have used the Strategic Fitness Process to great effect. He also shows how to apply the process more broadly, to a variety of strategic challenges and at multiple levels throughout the organization"--

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Book Information

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publish Date: 01/14/2020
Pages: 304
ISBN-13: 9781633692305
ISBN-10: 1633692302
Language: English

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January 22, 2020

"Much-admired companies needlessly sacrifice their competitive advantage. Some make huge ethical blunders. Shareholders suffer huge losses in value while employees, customers and society lose trust and confidence in the institution. Why wouldn’t we want to change this? It’s time for honest conversations that enable employees to speak truth to power to go from being fairly unusual to being the norm in organizations." READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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Is Silence Killing Your Strategy?

In his thirty years of working in corporations, Harvard Business School professor Michael Beer has witnessed firsthand how organizational silence derails strategic objectives. When employees can't speak truth to power, senior leaders don't hear what they need to hear about their company's fitness to compete, and employees lose trust in those leaders and become less committed to change.

In Fit to Compete, Beer presents an antidote to silence--principles and a time-tested innovative process for holding honest conversations with everyone in your organization. Used by over eight hundred organizations across the globe, the strategic fitness process has helped leaders in a diverse range of industries--including medical technology, information technology, banking, restaurant chains, and pharmaceuticals--hear the raw but necessary truth about the sources of misalignment between their strategies and their organizations.

In addition to step-by-step instructions, Beer offers detailed and illustrative case studies of companies that have conducted honest conversations to great effect. He also shows how to apply the process more broadly to a variety of strategic challenges and at multiple levels throughout the organization.

Practical, enlightening, and comprehensive, Fit to Compete is the book you should turn to if you want create winning strategies that your entire company will rally behind.

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