You are previewing BIG Ideas to BIG Results: Leading Corporate Transformation in a Disruptive World, Second Edition.
O'Reilly logo
BIG Ideas to BIG Results: Leading Corporate Transformation in a Disruptive World, Second Edition

Book Description

A PROVEN, NO-NONSENSE, STEP-BY-STEP, RESULTS-DRIVEN APPROACH TO DRIVING CORPORATE TRANSFORMATION AND BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE IN A DISRUPTIVE WORLD

Why do most corporate transformation leaders fail to achieve breakthrough performance? They make things too complex. They clutter it with jargon and confusion. They pancake new initiatives on top of old ones. They dither on the launch pad. They chase too many fads. And they fail to make it “safe” for leaders to lead the transformation at their own level. In short, they don’t have a reliable corporate transformation game plan.

Whatever your corporate transformation challenge, whatever your role, Robert H. Miles and Michael T. Kanazawa introduce a simple, proven, results-driven approach that has underpinned some of the most successful corporate transformations of our time. Drawing on their experience as principal process architects working with dozens of CEOs and executive teams, and hundreds of senior executives and staff professionals, they show you how to develop a compelling and potent corporate transformation game plan that enables you to align your organization behind just a few core initiatives; bias your people toward speed; create leaders at every level; integrate in new “disruptive” tools to accelerate progress; and achieve traction and accountability in all phases of execution.

Whether you’re a new CEO taking charge to transform your company, an executive redirecting a major business or function, or one of the hundreds of managers and thousands of employees trying to make sense of a transformation and contribute to it, this book will help you decipher the complexity, find your place on the transformation roadmap, and ensure that the effort rapidly reaches its intended breakthrough results.

A PROVEN, STEP-BY-STEP ROADMAP FOR TRANSFORMATION LEADERS – FAST, SIMPLE, AND COMPRESSED

Corporate transformation and breakthrough performance without the confusion and complexity

GEARED TO RAPIDLY ENGAGE THE FULL ORGANIZATION

To equip leaders at all levels to lead your transformation in an aligned and engaging manner

FOCUSES EVERYONE ON “DOING MORE ONLESS”

Generates focused execution and avoid layering initiative upon initiative to conquer organizational gridlock

DESIGNED TO “DISRUPT” HOW TRADITIONAL TRANSFORMATION PROGRAMS ARE DONE

Introduces disruptive transformation competencies that drive innovation, growth, and a new way of activating change

Corporate transformation is tough work, but extraordinarily rewarding for all involved when led successfully. Somebody’s got to do it, and do it well. What if that someone happens to be you? Where will you start? How will you frame your transformation game plan and lay out its roadmap? What will you do first, and who will you engage when in the enterprise? How will you keep it alive after the early excitement? And how will you make it part of your management process so that it can become a reliable core competency for rising to the increasing rate of disruptive transformation challenges facing your company?

Now there’s a breakthrough methodology to enable CEOs and executive leaders to rise to these corporate transformation challenges.

In this new edition of BIG Ideas to BIG Results, Robert H. Miles and Michael T. Kanazawa introduce a step-by-step guidebook for the Accelerated Corporate Transformation (ACT) methodology. A simple, no-nonsense process that is grounded in reality, inclusive of people, and oriented toward breakthrough results. A proven process that has guided some of the truly iconic corporate transformations of our time.

Developing a competency in accelerated transformations is essential in this world of disruptive innovation and competition not only for new CEOs and executive leaders, but also for managers and employees at all levels in an organization facing disruptive challenges and opportunities.

BIG Ideas to BIG Results equips CEOs and executive leaders to successfully engage and overcome several pervasive corporate transformation challenges:

  • ENABLING NEW CEOS AND EXECUTIVE LEADERS TO “TAKE CHARGE” IN A RAPID, HIGHENGAGEMENT MANNER TO LAUNCH THE NEXT MAJOR PHASE OF THEIR ENTERPRISE.

  • EQUIPPING SITTING CEOS AND EXECUTIVE LEADERS TO SUCCESSFULLY TRANSFORM THEIR COMPANY’S COURSE AND ACCELERATE GROWTH

  • RAPIDLY DEPLOYING NEW STRATEGIC INITIATIVES TO ACHIEVE EARLY BREAK-THROUGH RESULTS

  • ENGAGING ALL MANAGERS AND EMPLOYEES IN A RAPID, HIGH-COMMITMENT MANNER, AND HOLDING THEIR ATTENTION

  • SMOOTHLY AND QUICKLY INTEGRATING MERGED COMPANIES

  • Table of Contents

    1. About This E-Book
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Praise for BIG Ideas to BIG Results, First Edition
    5. Dedication Page
    6. Contents
    7. Preface
      1. Leading Rapid Corporate Transformations in a Disruptive World
    8. 1. Accelerated Corporate Transformation: The Foundations
      1. Tactical Is Not Transformative
      2. Get Your ACT Together
      3. Make Transformation a Simple Routine
      4. The ACT Basics: Powerfully Simple
      5. Creating Safe Passage—A Clear Transformation Process
      6. This Is Not a New Religion, Just a Better Way of Managing the Business
      7. Tips for Planning an Accelerated Corporate Transformation
      8. Endnotes
    9. 2. Structuring Your Transformation Launch
      1. Imprinting Your Organization
      2. Structuring Rapid Transformations
        1. The No-Slack Launch
        2. Launch Speed = Simplicity × Compression
        3. The In-Between Work
        4. Devil in the Meeting Details
        5. Transformation Initiative Co-Champion Structure
      3. Quick Starts
      4. Tips for Structuring Your Transformation Launch
      5. Endnotes
    10. 3. Crafting Your Launch Process
      1. Confronting Today’s Reality
        1. About the Emperor’s Clothes
      2. Dialogue Versus Discussion
        1. Generating Dialogue as a Leader
        2. Priming the Pump
        3. Canary in a Coal Mine
      3. How Tablework and Structured Dialogue Work
      4. Creating Safe Passage
      5. Tips for Crafting Your Transformation Launch Process
      6. Endnotes
    11. 4. The Focus Phase
      1. Gridlock and the Task Overload Epidemic
        1. Best Intentions in Big Box Retail
        2. Undermining Accountability and Customer Loyalty
        3. Busting Through Gridlock
        4. The Leader’s Challenge: “Doing More ON Less”
      2. Sharpening the Transformation Arrow
        1. A One-Page View of the Future
        2. Articulating a Purpose
        3. Creating a Strategic Vision
        4. Distilling the Business Success Model
        5. Due Diligence on Yourself
      3. Transformation Initiatives: The “Hows”
        1. Triage to Three Corporate Initiatives
      4. Tips for Orchestrating the Focus Phase
      5. Building the Transformation Arrow
      6. Endnotes
    12. 5. The Align Phase
      1. Absolute Alignment
      2. Individual Commitments to Action
        1. Alignment of Commitments Across “Silos”
        2. Where Should Lightning Strike?
      3. Alignment of Values
        1. The Values-Performance Nexus
      4. Structuring Widespread Commitment
        1. The First “Stop Doing” Pause
        2. Put Your Money Where Your Game Plan Is
        3. The Bottom Line on Alignment
        4. Gut Check on Commitment
      5. Tips for Simplifying the Align Phase
      6. Endnotes
    13. 6. The Engage Phase
      1. Rapidly Engaging the Full Organization
        1. It’s All About Engagement
      2. Quantum Leaps
        1. “Back in Black” Friday
        2. Employee Engagement Is Not Barbeque
      3. Spreading High Engagement
        1. Critical Importance of Dialogue
        2. Hear It from My Boss
      4. The Rapid, High-Engagement, All-Employee Cascade
        1. The Transformation Engine
        2. The Employee Supercharger
        3. The Leader-Led Double Loop
      5. Employee Responses to High Engagement in Transformation
        1. Follow-Through on Execution and Learning
        2. Cascade as Transformation Accelerator
        3. Cascade as Trojan Horse
        4. Overcoming the “Buts”
      6. Tips for Cascading the Engage Phase
      7. Endnotes
    14. 7. The Execution Phase
      1. Over the Hump and Into the Slump
      2. Hump #1: The Post Launch Blues
        1. Ballast and Keel
        2. Company-wide Transformation Initiative Teams
        3. Execution “Oversight”
        4. Quarterly Leadership Checkpoints
      3. Hump #2: Midcourse Overconfidence
        1. The Process Is Not a One-Time Overlay
        2. Midcourse Assessment
        3. Mini-Cascades
      4. Hump #3: Presumption of Perpetual Motion
        1. Launching Year 2
        2. Oh Right, the Behaviors...
        3. You Don’t Get to Relax
        4. Plan to Punctuate the Equilibrium Regularly
      5. Tips for Overcoming Predictable Execution Humps
      6. Endnotes
    15. 8. Perspectives on Speed and Outside-In
      1. Speed Is the New Management Discipline
        1. Get the Train Moving, Now
        2. Benefits of Productive Speed
        3. All Aboard at Internet Speed
        4. The Discipline of Productive Speed
      2. The Outside-In Perspective
        1. On the Outside Looking In
        2. Send Employees Out
        3. Talk with Customers and Noncustomers
        4. You Are Here: Map the Market
      3. Tips for Incorporating Speed and Outside-In Perspectives
      4. Endnotes
    16. 9. Building Transformation Traction
      1. Building Traction Through Transformational Leadership
        1. Commit with Confidence, Publicly
        2. Simple Closed-Loop Accountability
        3. Promises Versus Declarations
        4. Shoot for the Moon—Drive Innovation
        5. Above and Below the Waterline
        6. Don’t Get Overly Fixated on the Dashboard
        7. Ground Truth: The Real Results
        8. Misguided Incentives
        9. The Process Support Team
        10. Performance Coaching
      2. Tips for Building Corporate Transformation Traction
      3. Endnotes
    17. 10. Disruptive Innovation in Transformation
      1. Purpose-Infused Transformation: The Three I’s
      2. Design-Centered Strategic Thinking
      3. Enterprise Social Media and Wisdom-of-the-Crowd
      4. Agile Business Innovation
      5. Tips for Leveraging Disruptive Transformation Methodologies
      6. Endnotes
    18. 11. Are You Up to the Challenge?
      1. White-Hot Commitment of the Leader
        1. Change the People, or Change the People
      2. You Don’t Have All the Answers (And Nobody Expects You To)
        1. Get Real
        2. Go for It!
    19. About the Authors
    20. Index