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As One: Individual Action Collective Power Hardcover – February 3, 2011
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Mehrdad Baghai is managing director of Alchemy Growth Partners, a boutique advisory and venture firm based in Sydney. Mehrdad advises large companies on their growth strategies and business building initiatives. He is coauthor of the international bestsellers The Alchemy of Growth and The Granularity of Growth. Previously, he was a partner in the Sydney and Toronto offices of McKinsey and Company and coleader of the firm’s worldwide Growth Practice. He is also the founder of the High Resolves Initiative, a community service project around global citizenship, which has reached more than 10,000 high-school students. Mehrdad is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Mehrdad received a BSE with highest honors in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University, where he also completed a joint degree on public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School. He continued his education in public policy at Harvard where he completed an MPP as a Kennedy Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government and a JD with high honors at Harvard Law School.
James Quigley is chief executive officer of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Prior to his current role, he was the CEO of Deloitte LLP in the United States. Throughout his 36 years with the organization, Quigley took on a number of leadership roles and built a distinguished track record of service to many multinational clients.Quigley is actively engaged in a number of international business organizations and committees, each working to help shape the policies for a successful and sustainable global economy. He is US cochairman of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue, and a member of the board of trustees of the US Council for International Business and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is also a member of the Council on Competitiveness, the Shanghai International Financial Advisory Council, and the Yale CELI Board of Advisors. He has also served on the US Securities and Exchange Commission Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting.Jim received his bachelor of science degree and an honorary doctorate of business from Utah State University. He was awarded an honorary degree of doctor of commercial science from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts.
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1. Mehrdad Baghai, James Quigley, and their three collaborators share what was learned from the a two-year Deloitte Flagship Project whose purpose was to examine the challenges of working together "As One." The project's scope was global, nourished and supported by best resources available from the US, UK, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, South Africa, and Japan.
2. Key questions are addressed. For example: What does it take to work As One? To succeed As One? To overcome barriers As One? To cope with failure As One? To become stronger As One?
3. Baghai and Quigley used an advanced forensic data analytic technique called a self-organizing map (SOM). Various maps (they use eight) "find relationships in data where the number of variables makes the analysis complex, and, they divide complicated data into groups of similar items so that you can understand what makes them similar.
4. There are eight leader & followers archetypes: (landlord & tenants, community organizer & volunteers, conductor & orchestra, producer & creative team, general & soldiers, architect & builders, captain & sports team, and senator & citizens. A chapter is devoted to each of the eight. Baghai and Quigley thoroughly explain how leaders and followers can coordinate individual action with a group's collective power.
5. Material about each of the two-part archetypes is organized within this format: Exemplary Individual, Exemplary Business, Key Characteristics of Leader and Team, "Is X the right model for the reader?", and "How to become a better X?" For example, Chapter 4 (Pages 126-159):
Archetype: Producer & Creative Team
Individual: Jerry Bruckheimer ("The Man with the Golden Gut")
Business: Cirque du Soleil
Key Characteristics of Leader and Team: Open culture, hands-off producer
Is it the right model?: Four reasons it could be great and four reasons to think twice
How to become a better producer?: Answer seven Qs such as "Does your culture effectively encourage openness and constructive criticism?"
No brief commentary such this can possibly do full justice to what this book offers. Its scope and depth of coverage as well as the eloquence with which Mehrdad Baghai and James Quigley present the material are unsurpassed by any other single source of which I am aware and I have read and reviewed hundreds of books about leadership and teamwork. Moreover, the book's design, lay-out, and abundance of illustrations are of the very highest quality. Its list price is $40 and well worth it but Amazon now sells it for only $16.00.