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Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done | [Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan]

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

The audio that shows how to get the job done and deliver results...whether you're running an entire company or in your first management job. Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, who Jack Welch calls "a great practitioner and an insightful theorist," collaborate on a "compelling business story of 'how to get it done.'"
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Publisher's Summary

The audio that shows how to get the job done and deliver results...whether you're running an entire company or in your first management job.

Larry Bossidy is one of the world's most acclaimed CEOs, with a track record for delivering results. Ram Charan is a legendary adviser to senior executives and boards of directors, a man with unparalleled insight into why some companies are successful and others are not. Together they've pooled their knowledge and experience into one guide on how to close the gap between results promised and results delivered.

The discipline of execution means understanding how to link together people, strategy, and operations, the three core processes of every business. Leading these processes is the real job of running a business, not formulating a "vision" and leaving the work of carrying it out to others. Bossidy and Charan show the importance of being deeply and passionately engaged in an organization and why robust dialogues about people, strategy, and operations result in a business based on intellectual honesty and realism.

The leader's most important job - selecting and appraising people - is one that should never be delegated. As a CEO, Larry Bossidy personally makes the calls to check references for key hires. Why? With the right people in the right jobs, there's a leadership gene pool that conceives and selects strategies that can be executed. People then work together to create a strategy building block by building block, a strategy in sync with the realities of the marketplace, the economy, and the competition. Once the right people and strategy are in place, they are then linked to an operating process that results in the implementation of specific programs and actions and that assigns accountability. This kind of effective operating process goes way beyond the typical budget exercise that looks into a rearview mirror to set its goals. It puts reality behind the numbers and is where the rubber meets the road.

Executive Producer: Laura Wilson
Producer: David Rapkin
Original Jacket Design: David Tran
©2002 Crown Business
(P)2002 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A terrific book that will make smart managers rethink how business gets done within every level of their organization or department." (Publishers Weekly)
"A great practitioner and an insightful theorist join forces to write a compelling business story of 'how to get it done.'" (Jack Welch)

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    Not Dick Hausler 11-02-14 Member Since 2012

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Cuts to the heart of what business folks need to think about to be successful. Drones a bit though, so you have to be patient to get the value here.


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    Michael Janosky LYNDORA, PA, US 06-28-13
    Michael Janosky LYNDORA, PA, US 06-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    What disappointed you about Execution?

    The book does not spend enough time giving a framework as to how to make the changes needed for Execution.


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    I felt that I had the books read after the first couple of stories from the author. I have not applied anything from the book in my work-life since reading it.

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    Candido United States 02-11-13
    Candido United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This one of my favourites business book!"
    Would you listen to Execution again? Why?

    Yes!


    What other book might you compare Execution to and why?

    I have some books as Yes! by Robert Cialdini, 7 habits by Stephen Covey what are in my favorite library!


    What about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance did you like?

    Yes!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes!


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    Larry 04-30-12
    Larry 04-30-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Execution to be better than the print version?

    This is just a great book in either audio or print.


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    Execution is about managing to get things done. I found it excellent. It's cases and there are lots of them are around big business management situations at places like GE and I thought that might be a problem but they are familiar in any situation. The principles are clear and well organized. A must read for anyone needing to get things accomplished.

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    Ross Quintana Spokane, WA USA 11-09-10
    Ross Quintana Spokane, WA USA 11-09-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "More corporate strategy than formula for execution"

    This book started off slow as I bought it wanting concrete information on execution. It turned out to be about corporate strategies and management evaluation. Very little was on execution outside of the corporate management scene. I almost shut it off a third of the way through, but stuck with it. It got better in the middle. It had many case studies of CEO's that I enjoyed, but again not really in line with the title. It was too long for the points they were trying to make and should have been titled, "Getting things done in a corporate setting". Overall it was just OK for me.

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    Philip Kapelle, Netherlands 05-27-09
    Philip Kapelle, Netherlands 05-27-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good message, but too lengthy and out of date"

    "Execution" has a very good message about how to get things done. It clearly explains how to get from strategy to tactics, and sets the bar high for any executive that aspires to be a great leader. The audiobook adaptation is very well done, with three different voices (the two authors and a narrator) providing a good variation. Unfortunately, the book has several downsides: the examples of great companies were written in 2002 and some of these have had disappointing financial results due to not-so-great execution in more recent years, there are too many examples and mini-cases in the book that are not always relevant, and the book at times sounds too much like a Bossidy-hyping event. I would have gotten the point in an abridged version of less than 4 hours, instead of the excruciating 8 hours that this unabridged version takes out of your busy schedule.

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    Wii Fit Momma Baton Rouge, LA 05-02-09
    Wii Fit Momma Baton Rouge, LA 05-02-09 Member Since 2008

    Wii Fit Momma

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    Insightful, inspiring, educational.....

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    zman Baltimore 06-07-07
    zman Baltimore 06-07-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Excecution is key"

    Very good book, agree with everything the authors had to say, The authors real world examples with the theory. A must read for every leader!!

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    thos-lg Lemon Grove, CA 03-17-05
    thos-lg Lemon Grove, CA 03-17-05 Member Since 2006

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    "Makes sense out of nebulous subjects"

    "Execution" moves subjects such as performance management, strategy development, and operational execution into a form that logically links them and is easily understood. It makes sense. Too often, authors spout their theories or push their particular methodology for doing things that wind up being next to impossible to implement. The authors explain things in a way, using real world examples, that make me shake my head and wonder why managers make things so hard. The authors switch off with the narrator, which breaks things up, and makes the book much easier to listen and concentrate on the content for long periods of time. This is one of the best books I have encountered.

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    Jonathan Boone, NC, USA 03-27-08
    Jonathan Boone, NC, USA 03-27-08
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    "Worthless"

    Bossidy certaintly thinks highly of himself. After listening to this book, I do not think so highly of him. This is probably a good book for those in large corporations who have been promoted to their level of incompetency. However, it is not recommended for small business owners, or those with natural ambition or vision. For them, this book will hold nothing new.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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