- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (January 14, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780787964429
- ISBN-13: 978-0787964429
- ASIN: 0787964425
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,583,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Charging Back Up the Hill: Workplace Recovery After Mergers, Acquisitions and Downsizings Hardcover – January 14, 2003
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"Marks provides clear and insightful guidance for addressing boththe emotional realities and business imperatives associated withworkplace recovery. A masterful blend of theory and practice."— Anthony F. Buono, professor of management and sociology,Bentley College
"Employees in all organizations today are overwhelmed withmergers, downsizings, restructurings, and other transitions. Thisbook is about how to motivate employees, how to get them to lookahead to new opportunities rather than licking wounds, and how toactivate people in their new situation rather than paralyze them."— Elke Reissig, M.D., director, Schering Pharamceuticals AG,Berlin
"If your company has gone through a difficult restructuring,read this book right away— you will wish you had done soearlier. Marks provides a clear roadmap for getting yourorganization going again and preparing it to reach new heights."— Benjamin Gomes-Casseres, coauthor, Mastering AllianceStrategy
"Other than Dilbert and a few other brave pundits, very fewregularly speak out about the human pain and organizationalinefficiencies that fester in today's work world. Mitchell LeeMarks brings these issues out in the open in a refreshing, candidmanner in his new book and, better yet, provides concrete,practical advice on ways to deal with them." — Liz Guthridge,principal , The Adobe Group
"Through his vast experience, Marks demonstrates that he has theknowledge and wherewithal to safely guide corporate members of allranks through a very difficult process. Through Marks's writingsone understands the available benefits to the corporation as wellas benefits to the individual if a merger or acquisition isproperly managed. Charging Back Up the Hill is aninformative and equally enjoyable read." — Larry J. Elardo,president and chief executive officer, Argenta, Inc.
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In uncertain economic times, merger, acquisition, and downsizingactivity increases as companies seek to streamline or strengthentheir business in order to survive. But what happens in thepost-transition workplace? Executives look ahead to newopportunities, while employees remain unprepared and unmotivated tomake new strides. Middle managers flounder without answers foranyone. Without clear vision, functional structures, and effectivecommunication, and feedback, many organizational transitions fail.The post-transition organization needs more than the economy'srecovery to get back on its feet-- it needs effective leadershipand management. And it needs a workplace that has let go of thepain of mismanaged transitions and is willing to charge ahead andcapture the prize that awaits as new business opportunitiesemerge.
This insightful guide, by the internationally renowned managementconsultant Mitchell Lee Marks, presents an innovative process forworkplace recovery. Charging Back Up the Hill lays out theessential elements of successful transition management, providingthe techniques and tips that executives and managers can use tolead the organization following a merger, acquisition, downsizing,or other major transition. Marks offers invaluable advice to anyorganization ready to change and charge ahead in the twenty-firstcentury.
Charging Back Up the Hill offers advice and techniques on howto:
* Overcome the unintended impact of mergers, acquisitions,downsizings, and other major transitions on employee morale, teamproductivity, and organizational effectiveness
* Use the transition as an opportunity to build a desired newcorporate culture.
* Convey empathy for what organizational members have gone throughduring the transition period
* Create employee energy for moving forward and align it withorganizational objectives
* Understand the conceptual and practical underpinnings of theprocess of workplace recovery after transition
Inspiring and informative, Charging Back Up the Hill will empowerleaders to transform their workplaces in transition into theorganizations that triumph.
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Marks presents a model for helping employees let go of the baggage they gathered from mismanaged mergers and difficult downsizings, so they can look forward to "charge up the hill" and achieve desired business results. This book is a must for any senior executives who has led a company through a difficult period--or for one who has taken over a firm after a merger or other tough period. It also is very helpful for middle managers and other employees. Marks shows them how to focus on what they can control over their work situation rather than fret about what they cannot control.
The book is enlightening, helpful, and not jargony. Am I gushing too much? Let me just say that after I read it, I bought ten copies of the book for my team!