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"It's rare to find a book like this that blends smart practice with intelligent articulation of how to get things done. Do yourself a favour. Buy it." Boston Globe "A how-to book for the can-do boss." BusinessWeek

About the Author

Larry Bossidy is the retired chairman and CEO of Honeywell International and has served on the boards of GE, Merck, and JPMorgan Chase. He is coauthor, with Ram Charan, of Confronting Reality. Ram Charan is an award-winning teacher and highly sought-after advisor to CEOs and senior executives, as well as a director of Tyco Electronics, Austin Industries, and Emaar MGF. He is a distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and the author of What the CEO Wants You to Know, Know-How, Owning Up, and The Talent Masters.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Business Books (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847940684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847940681
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larry Bossidy is chairman and former CEO of Honeywell International, a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader. Earlier in his career he was chairman and CEO of AlliedSignal, chief operating officer of General Electric Credit (now GE Capital Corporation), executive vice president and president of GE's Services and Materials Sector, and vice chairman of GE. Ram Charan is a highly sought advisor to CEOs and senior executives in companies ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 500, including GE, DuPont, EDS, and Colgate-Palmolive. He is the author of What the CEO Wants You to Know and Boards That Work and the coauthor of Every Business Is a Growth Business. Dr. Charan has taught at both the Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Northwestern University. Charles Burck is a writer and editor who collaborated with Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan. Earlier in his career he was an editor at Fortune magazine.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on January 20, 2014
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Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan's 'Execution' can be summarized into 7 essential behaviors:

1)Know your people and know the details of your business. (The latter point counters those contending that a 'good manager can manage any enterprise.')

2)Insist on realism. This includes understanding the world outside your business. (Jamie Dimon at J.P. Morgan insisted that each division benchmark itself against the best of its competitors.)

3)Identify clear goals, 3 - 4 priorities that are linked to the strategic plan and its near-, medium-, and long-term milestones, and how those priority goals will be accomplished. Always use clear, simple, and unambiguous language. (Dimon established very clear financial objectives for each division, down to the lowest levels feasible.)

4)Follow-through with clear identification about who will be responsible for what, along with specific milestones/timelines for measurement. Milestones need to be close together so there is less room for slippage, information must flow faster and in more detail in most instances, and action must follow analysis.

5)Reward the 'doers,' but avoid excessive emphasis on short-term results. (Dimon rewarded individual initiative, but real gains in salary and bonus came only if the enterprise as a whole did well.)

6)Expand people's capabilities - primarily accomplished through constructive and honest feedback, coaching, and offering new opportunities. Don't just delegate and abandon them.

7)Know yourself as a leader - this is a key underlying factor to understanding and improving how one will act and react.

The following summarizes the details within their book:

Execution is the missing link between aspirations and results.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Kearful on February 28, 2013
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Larry Bossidy means business. Discipline is a great thing in this world. I found his methods fascinating and useful for people who want to work hard and don't expect everything handed to them in life. This book gets 6 out of 5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Baker on March 11, 2013
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I've read this book 5 times all the way through and use it as a desk reference. The principles in this book are timeless!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Baraniecki Mark Stuart on January 31, 2015
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Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan have written a fine management book with "Execution" and I can't see why other reviewers find it lacking in usefulness. It's true that their systems require a good deal of uncomfortable frank talk between managers but the whole thing is really concerned with getting outside the comfort zone.

Strategy focuses firmly on the company's environment and competitor actions with the core being very open (non-political) decision making with clearly defined actions and a timetable with specific personal responsibilities. I'm not a great fan of management books in general but I can recommend this one and it has similarities to one of my longtime favourites, Sam Walton's "Made in America" (bad title) and like him, they emphasise the personal touch and a high level of personal involvement.

The downside is the strange neo-liberal economic environment that these systems are designed to exploit (not really their fault but they are an important part of it). For example the idea that outsourcing may damage US industry/ skills and employment is completely absent as is concern for the influence of special interest (of which they are certainly one). Line workers also don't get a single mention. Try the following quotes from the book:

P196 "Do we have people who know how to source? Do we have people who can run a supply chain that extends worldwide?"

P197 "The short and medium term milestones were to develop programs to move to low-cost manufacturing locations ."

P247 "We also had a program to promote sales of high tech globally, using China as a low cost supply base.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane Dolan on November 4, 2012
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This is a great business book. Not boring like many of them. I actually highlighted and took notes so I would remember some of the suggestions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jb on January 17, 2014
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Only halfway through and already I know this will sit beside Leadership Pipeline as one of the business books I reread at least every 6 months.
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Purpose:

To help the readers understand and then master a ”specific set of behaviors and techniques” in order to have “competitive advantage.”

Content:

Execution does not just happen. Certain things must be in place and functioning correctly.

Chapter 6 covers the most important – people. “Done well, it results in a leadership gene pool that can conceive and shape executable strategies and convert them into operating plans and specific points of accountability.” They show the reader how an effective strategic plan can bring you from conception to reality by connecting the dots from your people to your plan. In Chapter 9 they show us that no strategy will produce the right results unless it is converted into the correct action steps. There must be an operation plan.

Analysis:

This is the third part of the trilogy Built to Last and Good to Great. The emphasis on connecting the necessary parts of the process so you can deliver what you promised is very helpful. Let me give an analogy to help clarify what the authors are seeking to teach. If a Football coach selects his players and develops a game plan and specific plays to execute that plan then he has to orchestrate the three together or his system fails. Doesn’t a ministry have the same challenges?

Application:

Who will benefit?

Ministry leaders at every level.

How will they benefit?

If everyone can understand the “big picture” of the plan then perhaps it will help them successfully perform their individual parts.

Where does this book fit in the ministry design process?
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