Being new to the management ranks I found this book to provide guidelines that all managers should use. When talking with seasoned managers their comments were "this is all common sense." Yes, it is common sense, but it is about using your common sense to get projects done. That is what this book points out to the listener.
If you enjoy in listening to a few big shots telling war stories about how things were done at Honeywell, or other very large corporations, then this book might be for you. However, you might not find this book too helpful on a personal level. Unless you are a CEO in a large corporation there does not seem to be any practical application to the author's advice.
For any business this is a good review for some and a beginning for others. I have seen some of this book in action and the system works. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for an overview on trying to get accountability and an understanding of how people should work.
This book was a fascinating look at one pair's ideas about getting business done. Their ideas, plans and strategies seemed logical and fair with tremendous toughness. What I liked was that there was focus on the need to make employees successful in order to gain success in a business. Some managers I have met did not understand that.
In Execution strategy, fast trackers were identified and groomed for success. The scary part was the inference of a sort of Darwinism--fail and you're vanquished. The bottom line is everything in this tough economy and world. Culling out those who can make 'success' is the goal of top management.
I liked the idea of a top boss that actually tracks the day-to-day operations of his empire. It was refreshing after the Ken Lay style of 'noblesse oblivious.' As a worker bee, I was attracted to the idea of management that took responsibility for the situations and results that their decisions had created. I also liked the idea of management that operated in 'reality.' They were not afraid, in fact encouraged hearing the truth from their subordinates. Management can not manage successfully on the basis of misinformation.
Clear, refreshing, straightforward--though I am not sure I would listen to it again. Technically, there were some problems with the production. In the audio version of the book the reading was performed by three voices. The professional voice and Bossidy were terrific. Charan was a real problem to understand. His heavy accent, mispronunciation of words or placing the accent on the wrong syllable was impossibly difficult at times. I would turn up the volume all the way and still could not decipher some of what he said. This was the first audio book I had encountered that had production problems that made understanding difficult.
This book has some good stuff in it interrupted by long sections full of generalities. The book is best when it examines concrete examples, like the one about Dell in the sample. I bought the book based on the sample, so I was disappointed that it frequently drifts into generalities. The sections read by Larry Bossidy are generally very engaging, those read by the narrator are mostly boring, and the sections read by Ram Charan are almost incomprehensible because of Mr. Charan's tedious accent.
No original or interesting ideas, as well as poor reading by the authors, make this one of the worst audiobooks I've ever bought. Really, really bad. Don't get this book.
They must've got in good with Covey because listening to this thing made me wanna' execute myself! It has good information but nothing groundbreaking. Perhaps better read than heard.