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- Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group LLC (June 1, 2010)
- Publication Date: June 1, 2010
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0098O4IOS
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The challenge for every organization is to progress through the first three stages (Early Struggle, Fun and White Water), enter into Predictable Success and stay there. Many organizations fall backwards or progress too far in the model and end up failing.
My takeaway from this book is that I need to be very aware of these business stages for each organization I am associated with. I need to challenge myself and other business leaders to make it to Predictable Success and then remain diligent to stay there and not slide backwards or forwards.
Another offering in a very similar vein, and also of great advisory value is "Corporate Life Cycles", by Isaac Adizes. Adizes is brilliant, though his explanations, while more thorough and also accurate, appear more academic. Corporate Life Cycles, unfortunately, is not available on Kindle and a bit pricey at $99 - but it's a very worthwhile addition to your library.
Together these books are "must-reads" for the professional business advisor.
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Finally, in the last fifty pages, we get to the "meat" of the book - what it is meant to be all about - how to keep a business in the "Predictable Success" stage. Here Mr McKeown provides an 11 point structure for successful businesses. This is not exactly rocket-science - anyone who has read a lot of business books, from "In Search of Excellence" onwards, will have come across all of the elements in this structure (perhaps with different labels) - but it is interesting and readable, in Mr McKeown's chatty style. His descriptions of these elements of success are pretty broad-brush, and the book does not provide the "precise road map" it claims to, but I don't really think that is the purpose of the book. The book is devised as an easily readable introduction to issues that executives need to factor in to build an effective business. They can then find the detail elsewhere. As a light introduction to these topics the book does its job well.
Personally, I would have liked more detail on the elements of success and less of the nebulous description of the business life-cycle, but that might just be me. The book is an easy read for the train or plane, but for solid content on factors important to business success, I'd recommend "The Toyota Way Fieldbook" and the other books in that series, or "Lean Transformation". They are far and away superior.