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"By mining the expert opinions of many successful CEO 's , John Mattone and Nick Vaidya distill the essential practices for successful leadership derived from their journeys th r ough failure and success. This book is a tale of hard work and dedication. It is a call to action, a reminder to bow our heads and give deference to the expertise of the team. It is a plea for resilience. The practical habits described in this book will give you a foundation to become an effective leader."
-- Fabio Polenti, MD, Chief Medical Operations Officer of The Cleveland Clinic
"I wish that all our leaders--in business and in politics--would read Cultural Transformations. It contains invaluable insights from 14 diverse leaders who have each built successful companies and thriving cultures within their organizations. If our leaders digested even a fraction of their wisdom and experience, the world would be a better place."
--Joseph Mancuso, founder of CEO Clubs and author of 27 best selling business books
"Cultural Transformations is a powerful inquiry into the nature of leadership and the increasing role that culture plays into today's business world. Not only is inspiring to hear from such a distinguished group of CEOs, but authors John Mattone and Nick Vaidya show us how to implement the type of change and evolution they're talking about."
--Deborah DiSanzo, General Manager, IBM Watson Health
"Every year new books are published that offer promising solutions to the business challenges present in today's global market. What makes this book special is both the high caliber inquiry that John Mattone brings, and the talented and diverse group of CEO's he interviews in pursuit of a deeper understanding of the importance of a strong corporate culture, as well as the leadership dynamics required to see it thrive. I recommend this book to anyone looking for inspiration and creative thought to bring their company to the next level."
--Bill Logue, Former President and CEO of FedEx Freight
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In Cultural Transformations, internationally acclaimed leadership coach John Mattone and The CEO Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Nick Vaidya unlock the keys to leadership development and cultural transformation through intimate interviews with fourteen CEOs from top organizations, including Deloitte, Graybar, Genpact, The North Face, HP Financial, Virtusa, Bigcommerce, American Marketing Association, Almansoori Specialized Engineering, Oman LNG, and Claro.
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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.
Lessons of Leadership and Corporate Reinvention
The work force is diminishing as the baby boomers reach retirement age, and so is the leadership pool. Aside from necessitating change in an ever faster changing business world, this is also making it necessary to emerging leaders and coach them to take over the reins of your business. This too means transforming the culture of your company in order to facilitate the changes and growth that need to take place.
Yet cultural change in a company is hard to produce! Upwards of 70 percent of all attempts at it fail. In this book, Joah Mattone and Nick Vaida offer their Six Critical steps to cultural change identifying pitfalls that happen to many and how to avoid them. Their main contention is that cultural change begins with leaders who have the humility to examine themselves and assess their strengths and weaknesses before assessing those of the company and its people. After this come several interviews with leaders that have managed to bring top companies through cultural change.
I found the emphasis of personal values and overcoming immaturity to be the most interesting aspects of this book. I think it will be a good resource for many who are struggling to identify what needs to be done to bring their company to the next level of success, or perhaps are trying to identify the next leaders that need to be trained.
The outstanding part of this book is that its interviews are “fair”. Author isn’t trying to congratulate the businessmen and women, and is impartial in questioning. For this, the book deserves a 5 star.
The major problem with short interviews as these is that usually the interviewee puts up his best image or believes he’s telling it correctly, from his perspective. And the interviewee will rarely say much about any possible evils committed along the way.
Author strongly believes honest, hard-working culture is the best leadership style. But this certainly isn’t the only one, and Plato’s Republic describe the realistic varieties of leadership well. And can leadership and vision be taught? Socrates says it’s very difficult, and this book is too short to teach the many varieties of leadership skills.