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Self-Destructive Habits of Good Companies, The: ...And How to Break Them (paperback)

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Self-Destructive Habits of Good Companies, The: ...And How to Break Them (paperback)


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Identifies the dangerous habits even well-run companies fall victim to and helps diagnose and cure these habits

  • Solution, rather than problem-oriented, this book can be the key to a turnaround in even the most dysfunctional of companies.
  • Filled with real-world stories of those who have succeeded (and failed) in breaking their bad habits.
  • Written by a well-known business professor and author, who has published two widely-read and widely-praised books.
  • Description

    • Copyright 2007
    • Dimensions: 6 X 9
    • Pages: 304
    • Edition: 1st
    • Book
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-611741-4
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-611741-4

    Why do so many good companies engage in self-destructive behavior? This book identifies seven dangerous habits even well-run companies fall victim to–and helps you diagnose and break these habits before they destroy you. Through case studies from some of yesterday’s most widely praised corporate icons, you’ll learn how companies slip into “addiction” and slide off the rails...why some never turn around...and how others achieve powerful turnarounds, moving on to unprecedented levels of success. You’ll learn how an obsession with volume leads inexorably to rising costs and falling margins...how companies fall victim to denial, myth, ritual, and orthodoxy... how they start wasting vital energy on culture confl ict and turf wars...how they blind themselves to emerging competition...how they become arrogant, complacent, and far too dependent on their traditional competences. Most important, you’ll find specific, detailed techniques for “curing”–or, better yet, preventing–every one of these self-destructive habits.

    • The “cocoon” of denial
      Find it, admit it, assess it, and escape it
    • The stigma of arrogance
      Escape this fault that “breeds in a dark, closed room”
    • The virus of complacency
      Six warning signs and five solutions
    • The curse of incumbency
      Stop your core competencies from blinding you to new opportunities
    • The threat of myopia
      Widen your view of your competitors–and the dangers they pose
    • The obsession of volume
      Get beyond “rising volumes and shrinking margins”
    • The territorial impulse
      Break down the silos, factions, fiefdoms, and ivory towers

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    Table of Contents

    Preface xxi

    Foreword    xxiii                                                                            

    1          Why Do Good Companies Go Bad?   1                           

    2          Denial: The Cocoon of Myth, Ritual, and Orthodoxy      19  

    3          Arrogance: Pride before the Fall    45

    4          Complacency: Success Breeds Failure    75                        

    5          Competency Dependence: The Curse of Incumbency    105      

    6          Competitive Myopia: A Nearsighted View of Competition    133

    7          Volume Obsession: Rising Costs and Falling Margins    165    

    8          The Territorial Impulse: Culture Conflicts and Turf Wars    199   

    9          The Best Cure is No Cure at All    231                                    

    10        Endnotes    249                                                                    

    Index    263


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