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Execution Audiobook

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things 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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    micah 02-03-16
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    "Great help for new or old managers"

    Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan share extremely valuable and helpful experiences. A great help for managers old and new!

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    FinanceUSM Mississippi, USA 01-21-16
    FinanceUSM Mississippi, USA 01-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Why everyone should read this book"

    Outstanding advice for all stakeholders to grasp the milestones/ solutions necessary for seamless execution of strategic goals.

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    Stephanie 09-03-15
    Stephanie 09-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent, practical resource for any leader."

    This book was an easy read with a very disciplined strategy to help you get things done. I loved that the authors provided real life cases study examples and discussed the real questions that need to be asked in any business. The three core processes (People, Strategy, and Operations) are broken down and discussed in a way that is easy to digest. It is also easy to directly relate to your current leadership role to improve your team's performance. Overall, it is very useful in helping you achive focus.

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    Mark R 04-24-15
    Mark R 04-24-15

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    "Good info, but it felt like a textbook at times"

    This was an interesting listen with a lot of usable information. It was a worthy investment of my time and money. It seemed like a textbook at times and probably had about one third of it as extraneous information.

    I liked the way the authors alternated narration in the audiobook.

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    onell 03-20-15
    onell 03-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "the book covered a lot of information"

    great read for those who want to succeed. I would listen again and again

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    Lance Farquhar 03-02-15
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    "Great book"

    If you know who Jack Welch is then reading how Larry Bossidy implemented and improved on that vision is a real treat.

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    Joel 01-30-15
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    "Exceptional"

    Exceptional business leadership book detailing the specifics of people process , strategy and operating plans

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    Not Dick Hausler 11-02-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Worth listening to if you are in business"
    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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    "Left me wanting more explanation"
    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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