This is a sharp, jargon-free guide to the core curriculum of an MBA program, MBA in a Book shows how to master the big ideas of business and use them in a practical way to build and enhance career success.
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Political gridlock in Washington…the lingering effects of the financial crisis…structural problems such as unemployment and the skills gap of our work force…the mediocre K-12 educational system. Are our best days behind us? Joel Kurtzman persuasively shows why all the talk about America's decline is not only baseless but dead wrong. Our best days, are, in fact, ahead of us.
What is common purpose? It is that rare, almost-palpable experience that happens when a leader coalesces a group, team or community into a creative, dynamic, brave, and nearly invincible "we". It happens the moment the organization's values, tools, objectives and hopes are internalized in a way that enables people to work tirelessly toward a goal. Common purpose is rarely achieved. But Kurtzman has observed that when a leader is able to bring it about, the results are outsized, measurable and inspiring.
Walk into a company like Apple or the insurance agency FM Global and the difference is palpable; thanks to involved and invested leaders, the employees know why they're there and take pride in their work. In his new audiobook, Common Purpose: How Great Leaders Get Organization to Achieve the Extraordinary, Joel Kurtzman says that the hard work to achieve that cohesiveness is worth it.