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Cultural Transformations: Lessons of Leadership and Corporate Reinvention Kindle Edition
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I loved the part on succession planning and Cultural Value Proposition (CVP)
"A strong CVP foundation leads to:
• Capability—in which leaders and future leaders possess the can do to execute at
• Commitment—in which they possess the will do
• Alignment—in which they possess the must do"
The subjects of the interviews consist of vast spectrum of diverse backgrounds and businesses. There are leaders from the United States, India, the Middle East, Africa and South America represented. Only two of the 14 subjects are women. The two women demonstrate amazing career paths and are exemplars of the principled ethics highlighted in the book. I wish there were a couple more interviews with women. Readers will grasp the common characteristics and guidance that come through the interviews, and readers will undoubtedly be impressed by the hard work and drivenness of the leaders who also all seem to highly value ethics and relationships.
The introductory chapters by Mattone would be better suited to a separate book. I think there is too much information packed into too small a space to be properly digested and appreciated. A brief chapter that introduces the goals of the book and how he went about choosing these subjects would be more appropriate. I did wonder with each interview how they were chosen. Each chapter begins with a good and concise biography of the person -- mainly their career path.
I think readers will have plenty to satisfy their desire for continued learning from this book. The insights can be applied to about any organization and by any individual to their own journey.
If you are not thriving, I suggest you take the time to read this book immediately.
The authors have done a fabulous job of providing a practical roadmap for steering organisations and their leaders through successful cultural transformations, so the organisations and their people can thrive in these changing times.
Through their research, Mattone and Vaidya have identified the two critical macro levers needed: leadership and culture.
The book begins by focusing on culture, including the six critical steps required to transform culture. The book combines useful tools (including a cultural transformation readiness assessment tool) with practical examples, all designed to help organisations map out where their culture currently is and what needs to change.
Leadership is a key element of successful cultural transformation. As the authors point out: ‘There is no bigger impediment to your transformation efforts than weak leadership’.
After culture, the book focuses on what ‘great’ leadership is and how you can work on these skills.
What I really found valuable were the interviews with 14 exceptional CEOs from around the globe, who openly and candidly discuss their leadership experiences in building strong, vibrant companies. Each interview provides insights designed to assist with your leadership growth.
What has worked in the past is no longer working; this book explains why. It also provides the tools and insights to help organisations succeed in this constantly changing world.
Cultural Transformations should be required reading for all CEOs, for current and potential leaders, and anyone introducing change into their organisation.
Given the large sums of money companies invest in change initiatives – only to see 70% of them fail – you would be remiss if you didn’t invest in this book and help increase the odds of you and your organisation succeeding.
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