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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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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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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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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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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Exceptional

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

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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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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.

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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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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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A Must Read

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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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.