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In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies Paperback – February 7, 2006
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“One of those rare books on management that are both consistently thought-provoking and fun to read.” (Wall Street Journal)
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The now classic volume that became an immediate bestseller as well as a landmark business book. "One of those rare books on management that are both consistently thought-provoking and fun to read."--Wall Street Journal --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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* Bias to action
* Stay close to the customer
* Promote autonomy and entrepreneurship
* Productivity through people
* Executives need to be hands-on and values driven
* Focus on the business the company knows best
* Keep a simple form and few layers of management
* Foster tight adherence to values and high tolerance for employees accepting the values
These 8 principles are tough to argue - yet the majority of the companies Peters profiled in the book subsequently failed or went through extremely tumultuous times (IBM, TI, Delta Airlines, Dow, Exxon, Dana, Blue Bell, DEC, Amdhal, NCR, Wang and Xerox to name a few). Perhaps they didn't stick to their knitting - or perhaps there are other factors besides the 8. The bottom line is that the book is now nearly 30 years old, and much has changed in that time. Peters has newer books that are more on point for this century. This is a good foundational read, and an exceptional author. It is just 25 years past a 5 star review.
Although these eight basics are recommended to nurture excellence in any company, I am still in doubt whether they are timeless and sufficient. After reading the book, the first question that comes to one's mind is that whether these `excellent' companies are still so? If not, which was the real case with some of the mentioned companies, was it because of weaknesses in the 8 basics, or due to `invisible' rules or basics that were not addressed by the authors in the book?
The reader should avoid the trap of comparing her company to any of the companies mentioned in the book, instead, she should benchmark against the 8 basics per se. Companies change while basics do not if prove successful.
Regardless of whether the performance of these `excellent' companies are maintained throughout the years or have deteriorated, I believe this book is a must read for any executive or business leader as it still delineates some of the best business behaviors to survive global challenges existing over ages.
That doesn't mean it should no longer be read. But, after reading it, and to get the most from reading it, other contemporary works should be included in your reading list. For example, Jim Collins' "Built to Last" and "Good to Great", and John Roberts' "The Modern Firm" take Peters and Watermans' original insights many steps further. "In Search of Excellence" however, is unlikely to lose its status as a classic, and the broad strokes of its conclusions will continue to be recognized as timeless principles.
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I will be returning this one as well
Barnes & Noble----a sure bet