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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 51 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 20, 2004
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0006IU6TG
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I have reviewed Charan and Bossidy's book on EXECUTION as well as Charan's book on PROFITABLE GROWTH. Both were great readings that asked us to confront reality in order to do what matters to get things right.
I've just read CONFRONTING REALITY. And I cannot help asking myself, why it was published at all? It doesn't add any new material compared to their marvellous bestseller; Execution. Instead this book spends most of its time telling case stories on the subject. I find too many of them too long and too boring.
The authors' new focus on the vague concept of the business model is still a mystery to me. Why not build on strong concepts such as McKinsey's business system or Porter's value chain with proven track records. Please, confront reality!
My advice is that you buy Execution instead. It's much better. It has a clear concept, a stronger structure - and exactly the same highly important messages.
If you're a hardcore fan - like I am - of Charan and Bossidy's execution concept, you may just want to have this as an audio book for a long highway trip... that's how I managed to get through it.
MSc in International Business (Marketing & Management) and Graduate Diploma in E-business
The issue is that the book is full of case studies (too many from ex-GE execs - I wonder how wide these guys travel outside their "GE Club") but one idea. The illustrations at the end of every case study are always the same - they don't even go to the trouble of customizing the three factor model to show how Sun is different then Cisco for example - and the point is always the same. This should not have been a book, but instead limited to an HBR article or something like that.
The best part is Bossidy's style of how he interacts with teams and asks good questions....but "Execution" is much better at this.
The title was catchy and Bossidy is a pro at this topic of facing reality and turning around businesses...but he should have either invested more to fill it out or skipped it all together.
That's worth doing, because the most effective executives that I have known are those who start with a clear idea of the situation they're facing. They are relentless in pursuing a clear picture of the reality they face, so that they can develop plans for dealing with it and changing it.
In fact, that's the basis for almost all effective strategic planning programs. You start by determining your current situation, the current state of affairs. From there you look at the end state, the place you want to go, and you develop plans for getting from here to there. That, essentially, is what confronting reality is about.
The book begins with three excellent chapters. "When Reality Bites" lays out the case for a systematic way of confronting reality and taking action. It uses two examples. One of those, the positive one, is the example of Lou Gerstner when he was the CEO of IBM. In fact, Gerstner's own book, Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?, is an excellent companion to this book.
Chapter Two gives a description of why the world is changing.Read more ›
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Disappointing follow-up to their book Execution, which provided a valuable counterpoint to strategy as the key to organizational success. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by Tom K.
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