- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Synergy Books; 2 edition (April 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933538813
- ISBN-13: 978-1933538815
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Six Disciplines for Excellence: Building Small Businesses That Learn, Lead and Last 2nd Edition
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"Nobody helps you figure out how to manage the company to get results in such an easy to understand way..." -- Lindy Lopez, President, Research for Action
"This book shows me how I can systematically move by busines from existence to excellence. I can do this." -- Johnny Warren, Co-Founder, Cornerstone Management
About the Author
Gary Harpst is the founder and CEO of Six Disciplines Corporation. Gary holds a masters degree in Business Administration and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Findlay for Business Entrepreneurship. Gary has also been listed for six years in a row in Accounting Today magazine's Top 100 Influential People in Accounting.
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For may of us who are buried in the day-to-day, Harpst gives you the schedule, the to-do list, the checklists, the basis of the theory and a truly practical, block and tackle, approach to making your business better. This is a lot of work, and to do it right will take time, effort and true commitment. However, the formula is an excellent one. Having done strategy development and implementation as well as management both in principal and consulting capacities over the last 10 years, I am disappointed it took so long to actually stumble on this gem. A MUST have in your library.
While "Fire Someone Today" provided some examples of harsh lessons and the values of good planning, this book provided the "how to" side of that approach. 6D4E did not provide many powerful, real-world examples/stories, but took the time to explain how to avoid the bad side. I recommend both of these books as a pair.
I would not recommend reading this book on its own (unlike "Fire Someone Today"). Without an understanding of "lessons learned" and what others are thinking (such as looking at the "Inside the Minds" series from Aspatore Books), this book merely provides you with a "hey, you should do this" without showing the negative side or how your particular role fits into the plan.
Without an understanding of your position (Inside the Minds) and how things have failed (Fire Someone Today), this book will be ineffective and merely tossed to the side until you learn those harsh lessons yourself.
The book's framework provides all the elements required to transform your organization into one that will learn, lead and last (or should I say outlast your competitors).
Each of the framework's steps, is written so concisely and clearly, that most people can immediately and more importantly successfully implement them to realize immediate business results, financially and operationally.
The Six Disciplines framework may sound obvious (and if so, why haven't you already done them) however, the book provides a comprehensive "actionable" description how to execute each step of the framework.
This book and its frame work of 1. Decide What's Important, 2. Set Goals That Lead,3. Align Systems, 4. Work the Plan, 5. Innovate Purposefully and 6. Step Back, has been invaluable to me and my clients large and small.
*** If I were the author of the book, I would offer a money back guarantee! ***
It is clear, concise, with actionable suggestions.
Simply put, this book distills the essence of hundreds of small business management books, and gives passionate, excellence-driven small business leaders actionable direction.
The Six Disciplines Methodology synthesizes and integrates the most fundamental elements of strategic planning, quality management, integrated organizational learning, business process automation, people performance management and measure-driven improvement -- and offers a unique, practical and systematic approach toward LASTING excellence.
While the book is a gem in and of itself, perhaps the most amazing aspect of the book is what's NOT covered.
Six Disciplines helps the best small and emerging businesses make the transition from product-building to business-building using a distinctive 4-way approach:
1. A Methodology to make business-building systematic. (The Six Disciplines Methodology)
2. Technology to make business-building practical. (Six Disciplines System)
3. Coaching to make business-building last. (Six Disciplines Leadership Center)
4. A Ready and Able Organization to make business-building work. (Six Disciplines Client)
The book "Six Disciplines for Excellence" covers only the first approach - the Six Disciplines Methodology.
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