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Ruthless Execution: What Business Leaders Do When Their Companies Hit the Wall

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Ruthless Execution: What Business Leaders Do When Their Companies Hit the Wall

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  • Copyright 2004
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-101884-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-101884-6

Today's business leaders need a radically different skill from their recent predecessors: they must know how to know how to manage through adversity while preparing their companies for a new rebirth of success. In Ruthless Execution, Amir Hartman, author of the bestselling NETREADY, identifies the central ingredients that help certain companies to get beyond the wall and thrive--and show how to instill these ingredients in your organization. You will learn when and how to recalibrate the balance between performance and growth; how to define a coherent, tightly-drawn business philosophy that maps to specific actions; new ways to promote accountability and business alignment; and how to use performance metrics without burying people in meaningless trivia. Also discover how to promote real discipline: the ability to get the job done quickly, efficiently, and effortlessly--without bureaucracy. Next, you learn how to develop stronger "critical capabilities" for understanding and managing complexity. Along the way, the authors present case studies of world-class enterprises that have used these strategies to achieve breakthrough success. Watch John Chambers maneuver Cisco through the telecom collapse; Lou Gerstner impose powerful new discipline at IBM; Harry Kraemer realign Baxter with transformed markets; Dan Vasella transform Novartis through mergers; and many more...all unified by one central factor: ruthless execution.

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Foreword. Lew Platt, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

I. MANAGING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES.

 1. Introduction.

II. LEADERSHIP: DEALING WITH THE RUDE AWAKENINGS.

 2. Leadership: Strategic Recalibration and the Business Philosophy.
 3. The Competitor: Jack Welch's Burning Platform: Building the Most Competitive Company on Earth.
 4. The Recalibrator: John Chambers' Maneuvers the Cisco Systems.

III. HOW TO PLAY THE GAME.

 5. Governance: Building Accountability, Performance Management, and Discipline.
 6. The Executioner: Lou Gerstner Imposes a New Discipline at IBM.
 7. Mr. Consistency: Harry Kraemer and the Aligning Of the New Baxter.

IV. BREAKING THROUGH THE WALL.

 8. Critical Capabilities: The Actions That Make the Difference.
 9. The Acquisition Man: The Steve Kaufman Case.
10. The Merger Man: Dan Vasella Brings Novartis to Great Success.
11. Mr. Productivity: Larry Bossidy Uses Information Technology to Mold a New Honeywell.

V. WHAT IT ALL MEANS.

12. Final Thoughts.

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