-- Michael D. Parker, President and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company
"Managing for the Short Term is about flexibility within a sustained strategy. Chuck Martin has developed a framework that turns this into a skill for every executive."
-- Robert W. Selander, President & CEO, MasterCard International
“His blueprint for aligning urgent action with a constant focus on strategy will help spur organizations to faster and higher levels of achievement.”
--Leo Mullin, Chairman and CEO, Delta Air Lines
"A must read for any business leader who wants to maximize their effectiveness in today's business environment."
--Edward Cypert, Vice President and Deputy General Manager, TRW Systems
"Martin's book is packed with helpful insights to do the right things to get you through today, to stay alive for a prosperous tomorrow."
-- Don Tapscott, President, New Paradigm Learning Corporation
"A much needed strategic plan for our increasingly chaotic business landscape."
-- Daniel Marovitz, CIO of Corporate Finance, Deutsche Bank
From the Inside Flap
As founder of NFI Research, an executive think tank made up of some 3,000 high-level executives at over 1,400 companies, Chuck Martin has interviewed and gathered the results of thousands of management specialists the world over to discover how companies are successfully zeroing in on improving short-term performance, while still balancing these efforts with long-term strategic goals. By looking to managers and executives at companies like IBM, SAP, Deloitte & Touche, Kraft, AT&T, Dow Chemical, and hundreds of others, Martin has uncovered the ?best practices? that help propel short-term performance. Among them:
?Bridging the enormous disconnect between management?s strategic goals and the ability of front-line managers and employees to implement these goals
?Moving even the biggest projects forward incrementally, delivering tangible results at each step along the way
?Putting together time-based and events-based teams that can focus specifically on essential short-term decisions and goals
?Creating incentives to reward short-term results
What Chuck Martin has found is that companies that adopt practices designed to achieve short-term results are usually better positioned to achieve their long-term strategies as well.
A critically important management book that addresses one of the overriding concerns of businesses today, Managing for the Short Term is an essential addition to any manager?s toolkit.
"Managing for the short term is not simply about moving faster. It is about moving smarter. It is about effective implementation and operation within the context of mission and vision. Strategy is implemented through a series of small steps and rapid, short-term decisions within that long-term view. It forces managers to become more effective at achieving the measurable results required by today's climate."
From Managing For the Short Term