Six Disciplines for Excellence: Building Small Businesses That Learn, Lead and Last

Six Disciplines for Excellence: Building Small Businesses That Learn, Lead and Last

Six Disciplines Leadership Centers are dedicated to helping small businesses achieve and sustain success. Six Disciplines for Excellence provides six fundamental business principles that are specifically designed to help small businesses move beyond momentary success to attain enduring excellence. This book is not for those who are looking for a quick fix. Six Disciplines for Excellence is a long-term fitness program, not a fad diet.

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First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently

First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently

The greatest managers in the world seem to have little in common. They differ in sex, age, and race. They employ vastly different styles and focus on different goals. Yet despite their differences, great managers share one common trait: They do not hesitate to break virtually every rule held sacred by conventional wisdom. They do not believe that, with enough training, a person can achieve anything he sets his mind to. They do not try to help people overcome their weaknesses. They consistently disregard the golden rule. And, yes, they even play favorites. This amazing book explains why.
Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman of the Gallup Organization present the remarkable findings of their massive in-depth study of great managers across a wide variety of situations. Some were in leadership positions. Others were front-line supervisors. Some were in Fortune 500 companies; others were key players in small, entrepreneurial companies. Whatever their situations, the managers who ultimately became the focus of Gallup's research were invariably those who excelled at turning each employee's talent into performance.

In today's tight labor markets, companies compete to find and keep the best employees, using pay, benefits, promotions, and training. But these well-intentioned efforts often miss the mark. The front-line manager is the key to attracting and retaining talented employees. No matter how generous its pay or how renowned its training, the company that lacks great front-line managers will suffer.

Buckingham and Coffman explain how the best managers select an employee for talent rather than for skills or experience; how they set expectations for him or her -- they define the right outcomes rather than the right steps; how they motivate people -- they build on each person's unique strengths rather than trying to fix his weaknesses; and, finally, how great managers develop people -- they find the right fit for each person, not the next rung on the ladder. And perhaps most important, this research -- which initially generated thousands of different survey questions on the subject of employee opinion -- finally produced the twelve simple questions that work to distinguish the strongest departments of a company from all the rest. This book is the first to present this essential measuring stick and to prove the link between employee opinions and productivity, profit, customer satisfaction, and the rate of turnover.

There are vital performance and career lessons here for managers at every level, and, best of all, the book shows you how to apply them to your own situation.

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Leadership Lessons of the U.S. Navy SEALS : Battle-Tested Strategies for Creating Successful Organizations and Inspiring Extraordinary Results

Leadership Lessons of the U.S. Navy SEALS : Battle-Tested Strategies for Creating Successful Organizations and Inspiring Extraordinary Results

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"(Military teambuilding offers) more dimensions than a ropes course, and requires initiative, creativity, and discipline. I can easily see the parallels to the workplace." - Stephen Covey"

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Winning leadership strategies from the Navy's Elite Special Forces

With hands-on, field-tested advice from authors with decades of experience in business and combat, this straight-talking handbook shows how the leadership and team-building techniques of the elite, no-nonsense Navy SEALs can help you forge a powerful, goal-driven workforce, one that is prepared to take on--and triumph over--every challenge. Built around first-hand examples from both the military and business worlds, this step-by-step success manual will show you how to

  • Communicate objectives simply and forcefully
  • Build flexible and dynamic organizational structures
  • Gain the trust and loyalty of team members
  • Prevent bureaucracy within chains of command
  • Plan and prepare for crises

Enlist the Leadership Lessons of the Navy SEALs to transform your workplace from a group of disconnected individuals into a confident, goal-driven team.

"The SEALs are without doubt one of the highest-performing organizations on the planet. The secret ingredient is that every SEAL is a leader/teacher, engaged in continuous, interactive teaching and learning. This book . . . is a must read for all leaders."--Noel M. Tichy, Professor, University of Michigan Business School and author of The Cycle of Leadership

About the Author

Jeff Cannon is the senior vice president of Draft Worldwide's Interactive Department. He founded and managed Marcis Interactive, a highly successful online advertising agency.

Lt. Cmdr. Jon Cannon has led SEALs missions around the globe. He has helped develop marketing and new product launch strategies for European and Middle Eastern companies.

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Great Communication Secrets of Great Leaders

Great Communication Secrets of Great Leaders

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Great Communication Secrets of Great Leaders gives anyone from managers to executives an unparalleled opportunity to do just that. John Baldoni explores the communication styles of many of the world's most influential leaders and extracts powerful lessons that leaders of all stripes can use to improve their communication skills and overall leadership effectiveness. Drawing upon his years of experience as a top leadership consultant, visionary and coach, Baldoni:

Reveals the communications secrets of Jack Welch, Rudy Giuliani, Colin Powell, Peter Drucker, Winston Churchill, Steve Jobs, Katharine Graham, and many other influential leaders
Distills the proven communication techniques of today's greatest leaders into core strategies and step-by-step solutions
Develops guidelines for making the most of computer-aided presentations, videoconferencing, and other new technologies

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Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

The book 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, a man with few peers who has a track record for delivering results. Ram Charan is a legendary advisor 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 the one book on how to close the gap between results promised and results delivered that people in business need today.

After a long, stellar career with General Electric, Larry Bossidy transformed AlliedSignal into one of the world’s most admired companies and was named CEO of the year in 1998 by Chief Executive magazine. Accomplishments such as 31 consecutive quarters of earnings-per-share growth of 13 percent or more didn’t just happen; they resulted from the consistent practice of the discipline of execution: 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.

Putting an execution culture in place is hard, but losing it is easy. In July 2001 Larry Bossidy was asked by the board of directors of Honeywell International (it had merged with AlliedSignal) to return and get the company back on track. He’s been putting the ideas he writes about in Execution to work in real time.

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Extreme Operational Excellence: Applying the US Nuclear Submarine Culture to Your Organization

Extreme Operational Excellence: Applying the US Nuclear Submarine Culture to Your Organization

THE NAVY'S SILENT WARRIORS LIVE AND BREATHE OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE. How does a group of 130 men with an average age of 25 operate a nuclear power plant in the ocean's harshest environments while conducting complex clandestine operations aboard a 6900-ton warship with nearly flawless results? The answer lies in the community's culture which epitomizes the tireless pursuit of Operational Excellence. Applying the US Nuclear Submarine Culture to Your Organization Operational Excellence is a journey, not a destination. Let Matt and Bob give you a tour of the Navy's Silent Warriors' commitment to this journey that began nearly seven decades ago. DISCOVER: How to create a culture of intellectual integrity and the pursuit of knowledge. How to engage employees through procedural compliance and standards. How to foster an environment that fully leverages the talent of each individual. How to strengthen an organization by thoroughly evaluating mistakes. How to lead an organization to Operational Excellence from any starting point.

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