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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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    Nicolas evanston, IL, USA 01-27-07
    Nicolas evanston, IL, USA 01-27-07
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    "Excellent"

    Excellent book from some of the best business men in the world. "Execution" gives very good insights about building company success, but also developing leadership and ensuring personal success. When one of the best CEOs in the world talks about strategy, execution and results, you should listen. If you are a manager, there's no good excuse for you not to listen to this program.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jmcastillo99 12-06-05
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    "Not Good"

    The contents of the audiobook are superb, however, the narrators make it boring and after a couple of hours it is very difficult to keep focused due to the unpleasant voices and asian accent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Long Beach, CA, USA 05-27-05
    Nicholas Long Beach, CA, USA 05-27-05
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    "This book is ok...."

    But the E-Myth series by Michael E. Gerber is much more helpful for business guidence. It has more pratical tips for small business, while Execution is more for big executive types.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Lethbridge, AB, Canada 08-24-04
    Rick Lethbridge, AB, Canada 08-24-04
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    "Lacking"

    This book may help a fortune 500 Chief, but is almost useless to everyone else.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Huber United States 10-08-05
    Jason Huber United States 10-08-05

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    "Its just lame."

    You have got to be an idiot to enjoy this book. I recognize some great voices but one of the voice is just questionable. The inflection and tone of the voice is just horrible.

    Please dont buy this book. The content is very bad and one of the voices will leave you lost.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Naestved, Denmark 04-15-04
    Jan Naestved, Denmark 04-15-04
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    "Execution, execution and execution"

    This is a great book. it is written in a language everyone will understand and it has some very usefull advice to leaders on all levels,in companys of all sizes. Some critics has commented that the book is too heavily inspired by GE?s Jack Welch and his thoughts and doings. I found that this book was the perfect supplement to Jack Welch?s selfbiografy Straight from the gut, because jack in his book only touches the issues in a superficial way. This book digs in a lot deeper. So buy Straight from the gut first and then Execution.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    CR Frisco, TX 07-06-17
    CR Frisco, TX 07-06-17

    I listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & are hopefully helpful to you as well.

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    " still a good listen"

    good advice for leaders; performance mgmt, decision-making, competitiveness. two narrators sometimes have different volumes so hard to hear consistently well but not too bad.

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    06-27-17
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    "A little outdated but still great"

    The book was good. Many important considerations, practical tips and questions a ceo should ask himself before taking an action

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    "Great Leadership Book"

    As an aspiring business leader this book gave me tangible direction. I have actionable steps to take to improve myself and better inspire others after listening to this book. I see why Jamie Dimon recommended it.

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    Peter Deane 06-01-17
    Peter Deane 06-01-17
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    "Good book on the fundamentals."

    Lots of dated examples here... fundamental ideas still hold true.

    Dr. Charan undoubtedly wrote a good portion of the book, and the sections he read are valuable, but his accent makes it difficult to understand his content at times, and distracts from his message... it's an audiobook, hire a voice actor.

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  • Moosa
    1/21/17
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    "Excellent book on the art of getting things done"

    Enjoyed listening to the chapters of this book. Well narrated using real case studies. It would certainly add value to those are interested in finding a structured way of execution right from strategy setting to managing performance during and after execution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suranjan Ghosh
    12/2/15
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    "Sound principles albeit with dated examples"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The basic premise is one of companies that thrive do so because they are able to execute outcomes better. This is sound in itself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Talks about the 3 interlinking parts of execution, which is the strategy process, the people process and the operations process. I liked how the three fit each other and how the should ideally reinforce one another for best effect.


    Have you listened to any of John Bedford Lloyd’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is the first one of John that I have heard. He was really good. The books also had inputs from Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan. Sadly Ram's voice was not the easiest to follow.


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

    This is a business book so not going to be moved by it. However I really enjoyed the letter to a new leader at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a good however most of the examples where from the late 90s and early 2000s. Would have liked to have had some new examples.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    2/28/15
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    "incisive & engaging"

    I think it deals with the most challenging leadership issue. a must read for executives

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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