January 26, 2009

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

Bossidy and Charan state that it is essential for a leader to be engaged in an organization, involved in running the operation from day to day, rather than just articulating a "vision" and leaving the responsibility for carrying it out to others. They assert that the most important job that a leader does is selecting and evaluating the people that work with him--a task that should never be delegated to someone else. Why? They explain that by selecting the right people for the right jobs, the leadership team works collaboratively to dream up and select the strategies that are most appropriate for the organization and those that can most realistically be executed by it. Once the right people are combined with the right strategies, they believe, operational processes can be put in place that set the organization on the path to implementing successful programs, acting effectively, and being accountable for the outcomes. This book outlines the building blocks that are required to develop the right leaders, link together people, strategy, and operations, and to review the process so that improvements can be made.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan
HD 31 .B626 2002