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How Cohesive is your Company?: A Leadership Parable - Top-notch business performance is impossible until you cohesively align mission, vision, goals, strategy, execution & culture Paperback – August 13, 2012
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From the Back Cover
UNTIL THE NEXT BOARD MEETING --
may be all the time CEO Trent Wertheimer has to save his job. To succeed, you need business and personal transformation, a dual struggle for Trent.
In the backdrop of an intense and realistic story about office politics, management conflicts, team dysfunction and leadership challenges, this book presents a proven and succinct business management method to take your company to the next level.
Top-notch business performance is impossible until you cohesively align mission, vision, goals, strategy, execution and culture. Gain one of your biggest competitive advantages -- become a cohesive company! (TM)
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Before I took my current position, I was a business development and marketing consultant, focusing on small and medium-size firms. One of the privileges of that job was that I was the one giving guidance and shedding light, but as a day-to-day manager, I seldom have the luxury of resetting the longer-term strategy of the company. Mr. Kathuria's novel gave me a chance to reflect on issues, while reading a good book. Not your normal business text, to say the least. Mr. Kathuria's insights have made me change the overall strategy of our company in the US, and has indeed helped me make significant progress in attaining our business goals.
The book has characters that we all know and love (or hate) from our business, so it is easy to get into the story and identify with the hero. The strategies laid down by the author are at times simple, at times brilliant, but always insightful. This is an easy read, fun and educational. I would strongly recommend this novel for any busy executive. Find the time to read this, and you will thank yourself for it (your Board of Directors will thank you too)!
We thought the book found a nice balance between didactic passages, and descriptions of strategic principles in practice. Structurally, the "Trent's Notes" excerpts at the end of each section serve as excellent outline summaries of the ideas in the preceding section so that the message of the novel does not get lost in the narrative. The applicability of the lessons taught is evident regardless of the field of work the reader employs. Also, the promotion of "clarity and cohesion" is important whether reading the text as a student, as a fledgling in the business world, or as a seasoned veteran of industry.
Overall, we feel the book nicely summarized for us concepts covered in our Health Care Strategic Management course. And we appreciated the opportunity to see how such concepts may be executed in a professional setting, and the human element that adds an additional layer of complexity that accompanies such an execution. Our group would not hesitate to recommend this book to someone, even outside of a classroom setting. It is well written, captivating, and relevant no matter the stage of life or position in the business world.
It teaches the fundamentals of business strategies. The author goes into great detail about how each of these strategies applies to the real business in ways that are easily understood by the reader. Unlike a textbook, which states the concepts theoretically and without excitement, the content of "Coherent Strategy and Execution" is practicable and easy to follow. The development of the intense story attracts us to finish the book in one breath without pauses. Additionally, the book also states complicated interactions between co-workers. Learning how to efficiently deal with people is another tremendous gain we get from the book.
A powerful book I refer to often when the going gets tough
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