The Power of Goal ZERO: A Practical Leadership Guide for Achieving Superior Performance

The Power of Goal ZERO: A Practical Leadership Guide for Achieving Superior Performance

Sam Smolik has written the ideal book for leaders to maximize their personal effectiveness, improve organizational efficiency, and motivate people. The principles enable rapid transformation in any organization. Through personal stories and experiences, a proven roadmap is provided for demonstrating strong leadership, creating a culture of excellence, implementing organizational change, developing effective management systems, and achieving superior performance. In today's competitive environment, individuals and organizations must be best-in-class to compete and win.

Smolik's book describes a practical way to be a results-focused leader and drive safety, reliability, and quality improvement. The Power of Goal ZERO provides techniques for each of the following elements necessary for achieving Operational Excellence:

Operational Excellence = Leadership + People + Culture + Systems + Assets

The book summarizes best practices in a manner that readers can easily understand and implement. A clear roadmap is provided for how to design, utilize, and maintain a good management system that will increase an organization's performance and productivity. Simplicity is a prevailing theme; it doesn’t have to be complicated.

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Editorial Reviews


“I wish The Power of Goal ZERO had been available and part of the required reading list when I was in business school.”

*****Rogers Hoyt Jr., Chairman of the Board, Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

“In his humble, unique way, Sam has turned a lifetime of learning into a must-read book on the essence of common sense in leadership.”

*****Chet Thompson, President & CEO, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)

“This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to take his/her organization to the next level of performance and competitive differentiation!”

*****Robert W. Bryant, Chief Executive Officer, Axalta Coating Systems

“Sam’s approach is to make this book a must-read for anyone who wants a roadmap to safety excellence.”

*****Katie Mehnert, Chief Executive Officer, ALLY Energy

“This is an excellent read for not only senior leaders in an organization but also for mid and entry-level personnel looking for ways to affect change with positive results.”

*****Charlie Shaver, Chairman and CEO, Nouryon Chemicals (Carlyle Private Equity)

“The Power of Goal ZERO is a must-read for any CEO seeking a shift change in his/her company performance.

*****William Garcia, Executive Director, Cefic, The European Chemicals Industry Council

“The Power of Goal Zero offers valuable lessons for business majors who want to launch, manage, or work in successful companies; therefore, I believe it should be required reading in business schools around the country.”

*****Marianne Gooch, President, DynaComm

“Sam Smolik has had a distinguished career and has always been a champion of Operational Excellence. This book is a must-read for today’s managers.”

*****Jeet Bindra, Retired President, Chevron Global Manufacturing

About the Author

Sam Smolik authored The Power of Goal ZERO to share the performance improvement concepts that he and his colleagues developed and perfected. His focus is on leadership, people development, operational excellence, management systems, ESG, sustainable development, and achieving superior performance in organizations. Sam retired as Senior Vice President, Americas Manufacturing for LyondellBasell Industries in 2017. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for various companies and non-profit organizations. He previously served as Global Vice President for Environment, Health, and Safety for LyondellBasell, Royal Dutch Shell, and The Dow Chemical Company. Sam Smolik graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Stephanie, live in Houston, Texas.
Genres: Leadership, High Performance Teams, Health & Safety
Publisher: Quality First Publishing
Publication Year: 2021
ISBN: 9781736458518
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