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Beat the Odds

Book Description

Beat the Odds fills a crucial void in the current business literature. It clearly illustrates why great organizations slip from leader to follower to road-kill, and how organizations can Beat the Odds and avoid this fate. This is a concise must-read for senior executives, and for any manager interested in seeing his or her organization avoid corporate death and build for the future.

Beat the Odds evolved from a study of a broad pool of companies across a wide spectrum of performance over an extended period of time. The book presents a tested and comprehensive nine-part framework for understanding, building and ensuring long-term organizational success through the ups and downs of business cycles, competitive cycles and management cycles. Supported by real case studies, each of the nine framework elements includes a clear description of the underlying principles pertaining to both successful and dysfunctional behaviors.

The assessment and diagnostic tools provided in this book are designed to give managers deep insights into their firm’s underlying challenges and for performing their own gap analysis of where they are now, versus where they should be. It also features the factual basis for corrective action and prescriptive steps for immediate deployment of this framework.

Key Features
  • Presents a tested and refined nine-part integrated and practical framework for understanding, building, and ensuring organizational success, regardless of changing economic, financial, regulatory and technology factors
  • Illustrates the validity, power, and value of the nine principles using numerous real examples, and shows the toxic effects of ignoring the principles
  • Features three “inside stories” (case studies) that illustrate how energized and aligned leadership teams can harness the framework to secure their organizations’ long-term success
  • Provides prescriptive steps for immediate deployment of this framework and its underlying principles
  • Includes mini-case studies for readers to gain practice using the diagnostic tools and to test their understanding of the framework before applying it to their own organization

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Endorsements For Beat The Odds
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Table Of Contents
  7. About the Author
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Part I. Understanding the Reasons Underlying Success and Failure
    1. Chapter 1. Introduction
    2. Chapter 2. Why Nine Principles? (Aren’T There Enough Business Books Already?)
  10. Part II. The Building Blocks of Success: Nine Principles for Organizational Fitness and Success
    1. Chapter 3. Principle 1: Establish a Purpose
    2. Chapter 4. Principle 2: Live and Defend Your Core Values
    3. Chapter 5. Principle 3: Create the Future
    4. Chapter 6. Principle 4: Articulate an Inspiring Vision—and Lead!
    5. Chapter 7. Principle 5: Develop the Right Strategies, Business Models, and Competencies
    6. Chapter 8. Principle 6: Align and Energize the Organization
    7. Chapter 9. Principle 7: Measure Only What You Want to Achieve
    8. Chapter 10. Principle 8: Decide! Act! Get on With It!
    9. Chapter 11. Principle 9: When in Doubt, Apply Common Sense
    10. Chapter 12. Implications for the Organization and for Individuals
  11. Part III. Profiles of Success: Three That Are Beating the Odds
    1. Chapter 13. Six Generations and Still Strumming: Martin Guitar
    2. Chapter 14. Starting Off on the Right Foot: Lanxess Corporation
    3. Chapter 15. Retooling the Management Tool Kit: ITT Corporation
  12. Part IV. Next Steps
    1. Chapter 16. The Path to Ensuring Long-Term Health
    2. Chapter 17. Reader Exercises Illustrating the Nine Principles
  13. Epilogue: Making a Difference Starts Here
  14. Appendix A. Assessment and Diagnosis Templates
  15. Appendix B. Quotable Quotes
  16. Source Notes