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Mission Possible: Becoming a World-Class Organization While There's Still Time Hardcover – September 24, 1996

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Blanchard, author of the best-selling One Minute Manager (1982), insists that for today's businesses to remain viable, managers must be "working on the present and the future of [their] organizations at the same time." His latest book is built around that central thesis. For managers to put this concept into practice, Blanchard offers three important premises: success in business is based on the creative use of untapped human energy, tapping into this resource requires managers to make partners of the people who work for them, and making people partners requires that they are meaningfully engaged "in either improving the present operation of the organization or creating its future." In elucidating his ideas, Blanchard brings into the discussion numerous specific examples and many words of wisdom from other management gurus. His logic makes sense; leaders need to pay attention. Based on his reputation and heavy publisher promotion, expect high demand. Brad Hooper


"From its opening title to closing references and bibliography, a new book by the eminent business guru Ken Blanchard argues pointedly and optimistically for business to expand, adapt or die, but also to improve what you do best. A modern folk song for the new millenium written persuasively by an author whose message has influence. Mission Possible calls for keeping one foot firmly planted in the present while the other forges boldly ahead." -- Narcusi Dean, Columbus Dispatch, 10/21/96

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill; 1St Edition edition (September 24, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070059403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070059405
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Mission Possible... is a book about surviving today and recreating your organization for tomorrow. The authors use the analogy of a sand castle which faces the incoming tide. Does one leave it alone to face certain destruction and hope that it doesn't happen for a while; or does one take immediate action to build barriers along the beach for protection, which may or may not help; or does one plan for the future by redesigning the structure as well as relocate the castle? People are the key to an organization's success and the way a leader can best encourage them towards this goal is to allow them to become involved in improving the present or inventing the organization's tomorrow. It's all about the journey and the understanding of what is possible.
I used this for a reading assignment for a class and found it to be interesting. It certainly is easy to read and while others may find it's message too simple, I feel that it is the simple message that gets across easily and stays with you the longest.
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Format: Paperback
Ken Blanchard, one of the most successful business authors of all time, teams up with Terry Waghorn in this clear, concise guide to surviving and prospering in a time of great change. The authors show you how to guide your business through the present while simultaneously preparing for and implementing changes for the future. This well-balanced book, which focuses as much on vision, intuitive processes and thinking as it does on nuts-and-bolts strategy, is a valuable guide for working and leading in the twenty-first century. We [...] recommend this book for everyone in business, and find it particularly essential for leaders, managers, and business owners.
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Format: Audio Cassette
Buy the book because there is far too much useful information to take in at even two listenings. Although it starts as typical `heard it all before' the last two sides are remarkable in their depth and panorama. There is advice and guidance for everyone here. We need to ask questions of our customers and competitors. How would our customers redesign our company? Three steps: vision - picture of what we need to become to better serve existing customers, prepare - what is the shortest path from where we are to where we need to be, deliver - change organisation to match vision. Customer facing people need to be empowered to solve problems on the spot, not refer to their managers. Your organisation is evaluated by how quickly it can respond to customer needs and problems. The person they care about is are the ones they talk to and they want top service from these people. Making all your people your business partners is a way of raising financial awareness and therefor cutting costs (story of 5c margin in restaurant). Divide into cost centres and profit centres. What is the strategic reason for performing the function of the cost centres? Should the work be outcourced? Should be spending more time managing profits not costs. Profit results from keeping needs of customers and employees paramount. 4 key managerial roles: producing - technical skills in field, make things happen, implementing - planners and administrators, maintain order and control, innovating - entrepreneurs, future looking and integrating - motivators, good at teamwork.Read more ›
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