Tag Archives: Organizational effectiveness

Measure what matters: OKRs: the simple idea that drives 10x growth by John E. Doerr

Overview: Legendary venture capitalist John Doerr reveals how the goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) has helped tech giants from Intel to Google achieve explosive growth—and how it can help any organization thrive. In the fall of 1999, John Doerr met with the founders of a start-up whom he’d just given $12.5 million, …
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Time, talent, energy: overcome organizational drag and unleash your team’s productive power by Michael Mankins and Eric Garton

Overview: Business leaders know that the key to competitive success is smart management of scarce resources. That’s why companies allocate their financial capital so carefully. But capital today is cheap and abundant, no longer a source of advantage. The truly scarce resources now are the time, the talent, and the energy of the people in …
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The open organization: igniting passion and performance by Jim Whitehurst

Overview: TODAY’S LEADERS KNOW THAT SPEED and agility are the keys to any company’s success, and yet many are frustrated that their organizations can’t move fast enough to stay competitive. The typical chain of command is too slow; internal resources are too limited; people are already executing beyond normal expectations. As the pace accelerates, how …
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Creativity, Inc.: overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration by Edwin E Catmull.

Overview: “What does it mean to manage well?” Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most …
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The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think by Michael E. Raynor.(London : Portfolio Penguin, 2013)

Overview Finally, an answer to the ultimate business question: How do some companies achieve exceptional performance over the long term? In every sector, there’s an outlier. In the phar­maceutical industry, it’s Merck. In discount retail, it’s Family Dollar. It used to be Wrig­ley in candy and Maytag in appliances. Other superstars have been hidden in …
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The advantage: why organizational health trumps everything else in business by Patrick Lencioni. (San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2012)

Overview “There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and …
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What matters now: how to win in a world of relentless change, ferocious competition, and unstoppable innovation by Gary Hamel. (San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2012)

Overview This is not a book about one thing. It’s not a 250-page dissertation on leadership, teams or motivation. Instead, it’s an agenda for building organizations that can flourish in a world of diminished hopes, relentless change and ferocious competition. This is not a book about doing better. It’s not a manual for people who …
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The lean startup: how constant innovation creates radically successful businesses by Eric Ries. (London : Portfolio-Penguin, 2011)

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable.  The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true …
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Toyota under fire: lessons for turning crisis into opportunity by Jeffrey K. Liker, Timothy N. Ogden. (New York : McGraw-Hill, 2011)

Overview For decades, Toyota has been setting standards that are the envy—and goal—of organizations worldwide. Its legendary management principles and business philosophy, first documented by Jeffrey K. Liker in his influential book The Toyota Way, changed the business world’s approach to operational excellence. Granted unprecedented access toToyota’s facilities worldwide, Liker, along with Timothy N. Ogden, …
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The power of LEO: the revolutionary process for achieving extraordinary results by Subir Chowdhury. (New York : McGraw-Hill, 2012)

Overview Hailed as “the Quality Prophet” by BusinessWeek, Subir Chowdhury is the long-established global authority on the critical importance of quality and how to achieve it with Design for Six Sigma (DFSS). Now, he takes it to the next level by showing you how to build quality into the DNA of your entire organization. In …
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