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Managing Corporate Lifecycles Paperback – December 1, 2014
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Ichak Adizes, Ph.D., is founder of the Adizes Institute in Los Angeles, California. A renowned speaker, he lectures worldwide and his many books have been translated into 22 languages. Dr. Adizes has taught at UCLA, Stanford University, and Tel Aviv University. He lives in Santa Barbara, California, and Caesaria, Israel.
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There's that painful stage of organizational growth when you're growing so fast the founders can't keep up, and you have to start bringing in professional managers who behave very differently from the founding group. Then there's the challenge of keeping your edge and not getting complacent when you get large and successful. There are also challenges when people in your company are kind of accustomed to being the market dominators, but down on the shop floor the signs of trouble and slipping market share are visible. Finally there are the challenges of trying to turn around a huge bureaucratic institution that no longer serves its stakeholders very well. All of these problems can be understood in terms of Adizes lifecycle theory, and this book is a coherent, practical approach to that entire problem-set.
This makes the book unlike most other business books. It's not an academic book of theory, and it's not one of those flavour-of-the-month business books that takes one or two slim points and stretches them out for 200 pages with filler and anecdote. It's a book written in practical, accessible business language that nevertheless presents a whole coherent theory. That makes it a rare beast - a practical theory book, battle tested over decades of implementation by Dr. Adizes and a global network of Adizes Associates. Few such books exist, and this is one of them.
As a result, this is crucial for people who want to manage the "big picture" of the life of an organization itself, helping it through its growing pains and keeping it from aging. The Adizes Methodology is a system of ideas, and no book by Dr. Adizes stands entirely alone, but this one is quite comprehensive and everything you need in order to understand it is contained within its pages. It is a pretty big book, however. For sharing its ideas with people who have less time to read, The Pursuit of Prime by Ichak Adizes is a shorter and more popularized version of the same ideas. To enrich your understanding of the core ideas, Mastering Change by Ichak Adizes explores the foundational concepts in a conversational tone. (Full disclosure: I got so bitten by the Adizes bug that I wrote a book myself - called The Structure of Concern: A Challenge for Thinkers on one of the core concepts of the methodology - which is sold through Amazon but legal full-text softcopies are available online at Scribd and other locations.)
The Adizes Methodology can profoundly change the way you view you business and your life. He's been called the "best kept secret in America" by Ken Blanchard, but really the time for him to be secret knowledge among a few captains of industry is over. At a time when we are needing to reinvent our institutions and our economies, more than ever we need insight into how organizations grow and die, in order to help some grow, and also to help some die to be replaced by new creative structures. I would love to see creaking fossilized bureaucracies replaced by vibrant new social institutions, and the Adizes Methodology could help us all get there.
IF you read this book, and I highly recommend you do, perhaps you'll agree!
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A non conventional approach, It is unique especially having the experience of Adizes philosophy and system.
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