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The Velocity Manifesto: Harnessing Technology, Vision, and Culture to Future-Proof your Organization Hardcover – February 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press; First Edition edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608320855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608320851
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Klososky, technology innovation expert, explains his velocity manifesto, which means that a business leader cannot ignore the impact of technology on the organization’s current operations, its future operations, and the organization’s culture. He offers three key areas in which to accomplish specific leadership skills, first to build what he labels Digital Plumbing, or efficient and productive technology infrastructure for growth. Then leaders must adopt a High Beam Strategy to set an accurate vision and future direction for the organization and finally create a High-Velocity Culture in which a highly productive workforce is developed, integrating different types of skills and lifestyles. The author observes that leaders may understand the velocity manifesto, but some who were successful even 10 years ago find themselves struggling with ever-changing technology demands. Leaders in conservative industries (e.g., banking, accounting, law) could also be challenged, but not necessarily. Our fast-paced technology revolution requires important management perspective, vocabulary skills, concepts, and processes, all of which Klososky describes. This is an excellent book for current business leaders and those aspiring to executive status. --Mary Whaley

About the Author

A seasoned speaker and entrepreneur, Scott Klososky has founded several successful companies, including webcasts.com, a technology pioneer of the 1990s. The company's clients included IBM, Compaq, AOL, Hewlett-Packard, Enron International, Conoco Inc., and BMG Music, among others. Klosoky speaks professionally on subjects such as technology and leadership, and collaborated with H.R. Haldeman, Richard M. Nixon's chief of staff, on the New York Times bestselling book, The Haldeman Diaries.

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Well formatted for the kindle, with links for further reading.
meik1
In an age where accelerating changes in information technology assail organizations at a blistering pace, Velocity is both timely and relevant.
Claude A. Hungerford
This book is a well written challenge for all those in leadership to set, communicate and execute on your vision.
Chris J. Turnley

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Gibbs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 7, 2011
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Technological innovations are faster, product development cycles are shorter, and expectations for everything are higher; in short the velocity of business, driven by technological change, is increasing exponentially, according to Scott Klososky in this book. Increased velocity demands leadership skills that are very different from the ones that were effective twenty years ago.

Part One of the book is about "renovating your digital plumbing". Most business leaders recognise the importance of information technology to their success, but admit that their organisation's IT resources are far from optimal. It is critical that you get your IT right by fixing the leaks in your digital plumbing if you are to have any chance of keeping up with the pace of change.

Part Two is about "high beam strategy". Many businesses are driving with their headlights off - and doomed to crash - or with their headlights on low-beam, focusing only on the immediate future, so that they can only travel at low speed. Businesses which travel at high speed need to have their headlights on high beam, anticipating the trends which will happen over the next five years or more.

Part Three is about "creating a culture of velocity". There is a big difference in productivity between a good programmer and an average programmer, and good IT people need to be treated like the creative artists that they are. IT-dependent businesses need to cultivate organisational cultures which are attractive to the millennial generation and take advantage of social technologies.

In my view this book does an excellent job of identifying the problems faced by current IT-dependent organisations and suggesting solutions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By meik1 on April 1, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This manifesto will make you think about how to adapt to technology that affects the current and future operations, and the organizational culture of your company. It addresses three key areas:
1. Digital plumbing-all about the technological infrastructure-do you have leaks? What you should know about all the layers of technology you use.
2.High beam strategy-Have you ever thought about the future of technology in your career? Read why you must have a vision here.
3. High Velocity culture-How to create a highly productive workforce, while intergrating differant types of skills and lifestyles.
This book differs from other "new technology books" because the focus is not all on web 2.0-social media, networking etc. Although there is mention of it, this is more about the global vision of technology for your career and company and how to make it work best for you. Well formatted for the kindle, with links for further reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claude A. Hungerford on February 21, 2013
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The real value in reading The Velocity Manifesto is that it's an IT how-to book written by a CEO for CEOs and those leading organizations. Klososky, not being an IT person by trade, has cracked the code on how organizational leaders can engage, challenge, and integrate their IT functions into their organization.

In an age where accelerating changes in information technology assail organizations at a blistering pace, Velocity is both timely and relevant. Klososky does a masterful job mapping out three simple concepts, which correspond to the book's major sections:
1) Renovating Your Digital Plumbing
2) The High-beam Strategy
3) Creating a Culture of Velocity
Klososky contends that in following these concepts, organizations can successfully navigate the pace of IT change and stay competitive in the future.

Not only does Klososky provide a simple and well thought out approach to leadership/IT integration, he has the pedigree and credentials to be believed that what he proposes is doable. Klososky has been a CEO of several successful companies to include Paragraph and Webcasts, and currently serves on the board of Alkami. As a consultant, Klososky provides consulting services for Cisco, Lockheed Martin, Ebay, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Marriott, etc.

Some valuable pearls found in Velocity, range from understanding the importance of an organization efficiently structuring, mapping, and routing their data (digit plumbing), to the critical nature of trendspotting, and the importance of determining when, and when not to be the pioneer of a new trend. One truly insightful, yet challenging, tool Klososky proposes is, "the Four Questions That Can Shape Your Vision Precision.
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