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Execution is "the missing link between aspirations and results," and as such, making it happen is the business leader's most important job. While failure in today's business environment is often attributed to other causes, Bossidy and Charan argue that the biggest obstacle to success is the absence of execution. They point out that without execution, breakthrough thinking on managing change breaks down, and they emphasize the fact that execution is a discipline to learn, not merely the tactical side of business. Supporting this with stories of the "execution difference" being won (EDS) and lost (Xerox and Lucent), the authors describe the building blocks--leaders with the right behaviors, a culture that rewards execution, and a reliable system for having the right people in the right jobs--that need to be in place to manage the three core business processes of people, strategy, and operations. Both Bossidy, CEO of Honeywell International, Inc., and Charan, advisor to corporate executives and author of such books as What the CEO Wants You to Know and Boards That Work, present experience-tested insight into how the smooth linking of these three processes can differentiate one company from the rest. Developing the discipline of execution isn't made out to be simple, nor is this book a quick, easy read. Bossidy and Charan do, however, offer good advice on a neglected topic, making Execution a smart business leader's guide to enacting success rather than permitting demise. --S. Ketchum
Execution is a bridge between strategy and results which is highly dependent on linking people, strategy and operation process and making sure they work in sync to produce... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book lays out a framework on how to execute well and the strategies to do so. However, I cannot give it more than 3 stars since throughout the book, the authors talk only about... Read morePublished 4 months ago by chiphilton88
You (person reading this review) know that my review is biased by where I was already leaning on this topic. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Roger Rohweder
Overall I found the book a bit painful to read. For me accountability is critical, but the approach outlined in the book is "Old School" in my mind.Published 7 months ago by SGD
This book was really enjoyable. One can create the best of plans, but without execution they are meaningless.Published 8 months ago by J