- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Random House Business Books (October 14, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844136892
- ISBN-13: 978-1844136896
- Package Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,332,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Confronting Reality: Master the New Model for Success Hardcover – October 14, 2004
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About the Author
Larry Bossidy, and former Chairman and CEO of Honeywell International has become a media and lecture circuit mainstay and Ram Charan, the legendary strategy consultant, works with companies around the world in almost every industry
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In some instances, like some history authors, the authors of this book seem to twist the contemporary/historical case studies in order to substantiate their thesis. Unfortunately, it appears that they have found what they were looking for and then devised the questions and thesis around that.
It is difficult to decide if this book is about execution, business or change management. I have decided that, in my humble opinion, that it is none of these. To the authors credit, they provide the friendly reminder on how to look at things in a different light; in essence lots on talking the talk, but very short on how to walk the walk. If your thirsty for knowledge and are searching for something tangible, don't but this book; if however you are philosophically minded and want to debate the merits of the intangible elements of leadership and organizational behavior then this book may be of some interest for you.
All in all, the book is ok, it assumes a level of business understanding (or in the authors words, savvy) on the part of the reader, knows the talk, does not necessarily walk the walk and is heavy on what many might call the human elements of business.
Bossidy and Charan use well-known examples and analyze the pitfalls and successes of these examples (Home Depot, Walmart, Thompson) according to a three-part business model: external environment, internal operations and financial targets. They also show you how to integrate by juggling the three simultaneously!
This was a great introductory book to orient businesspersons of any trade, level and experience to the whole shebang of business.
But. . .
Truthfully, i have read this 'business model' stuff before, with more depth and more analysis. I read the book "The Escher Cycle" by F. Jackson a couple of years back. That book goes into much more detail about most of Bossidy and Charan's three-part business model. Couple that book with "Value Migration" and you'll have a much better handle on the hurly-burly world of business.
I will recommend this book to my colleagues and my team to lean meantime.
I hope author can sale his books with free-cd.