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

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Chapter 1. Introduction

Ruthless execution is the method and strategies that business leaders employ to break through performance walls. My friend and former partner, John Sifonis, and I first employed this term in 1996 when we were doing work for Hewlett-Packard (HP). Subsequently, the phrase appeared prominently in our book Net Ready (McGraw-Hill, 2000) as a way to sum up the actions key to getting a company “Internet-ready.” During the research process for this book, and in searching for a way to “package” my findings, it became clear to me that the same term captured the essence of the strategies that business leaders execute to overcome tough times.

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