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Business Restructuring: An Action Template for Reducing Cost and Growing Profit [Hardcover]

Carla Zilka

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20 Nov 2009
An effective, long–term strategy for maintaining corporate growth, profit and competitive edge Depicting a progressive emergent framework for long–term growth, profitability, and success, Business Restructuring: An Action Template for Reducing Cost and Growing Profit employs an integrated approach incorporating several of the most popular methodologies and best–in–class practices into a single proven framework. Beginning with an overview of restructuring and what is needed up–front to be successful, this "How to Cookbook" helps you Understand business restructuring and cost reduction techniques How to transform any organization into one that is high performing Realize efficiencies through the reorganization of resources, improving processes, and identifying outsourcing opportunities Sustain results and achieve continued efficiency, profitability, and growth Describes the right leadership team dynamics to make sure the changes stick Whether you are a business leader or manager, Business Restructuring takes you through a logical series of steps that will provide you with immediately useful tactics to apply on a regular basis to achieve immediate results, as well as a long–term roadmap to deliver performance excellence and increase shareholder value.

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Who knew a few years ago that the market would collapse and we would enter a recession that has instilled such fear and uncertainty into the world? As the fear of failure becomes more prevalent in business leaders, the result can be utter business paralysis or—worse—blindly resorting to short–term tactics such as downsizing or outsourcing to meet companies′ quarterly numbers. Business restructuring, however, will transform your business, taking it from declining to growing. Written by Carla Zilka—one of the most sought–after restructuring consultants to corporate America—Business Restructuring: An Action Template for Reducing Cost and Growing Profit offers a way to improve your company′s cost structure processes and organization to create substantial self–investments geared toward future growth. This proactive book authoritatively covers: When you need to consider restructuring How to assess your organization—is it "fit and healthy"? Process to change your cost structure to get the highest value at the lowest cost Developing a long–term strategy for maintaining corporate growth, profit, and a competitive edge A logical series of steps and tools for transforming your organization into a high– performing system The methodology, approach, and mind–set to achieve your goals in the most efficient and effective way possible So, how do you know if your business needs to undertake the journey of restructuring? You can have the best strategies in the world, but if you don′t have the processes and people optimized to execute it, your results may not reach the financial goals you set for the company. Decidedly not for the CEO looking for an instant fix, this book demystifies business restructuring and makes plain the best practice cost– reduction techniques with a proactive approach to jump–start your restructuring program, reap the benefits, and prevail when others do not.

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Praise for Business Restructuring An Action Template for Reducing Cost and Growing Profit "A step–by–step guide to managing, surviving, and thriving in today′s volatile marketplace."—William Bischoff, Chairman/CEO, FTN Equity Capital Markets Corp. "Having worked with Carla and NexGen Advisors, I have witnessed firsthand how theory and pro–cess are translated into extraordinary business impact."—Carl Guarino, CEO, ICG Commerce "You hold in your hands a million dollars′ worth of advice distilled into an actionable blueprint for change. ROI = Read on Immediately!"—Stephen Shapiro, President, 24/7 Innovation, and author of Goal–Free Living "The disciplined and systematic approach allowed for speed and execution."—Bob Stuart, SVP, Global Sales, The Hertz Corporation "Carla is one of North America′s leading new executives and at the forefront of thought leader–ship in business change management."—Graham Leary, SVP Strategic Sourcing, Winn Dixie "Business Restructuring: An Action Template for Reducing Cost and Growing Profit is the toolbox tested and proven by Zilka′s work in getting profitability restored. She takes lessons she has learned from best–in–class companies to achieve results for all companies regardless of size or sector. Competition is fierce for companies and individuals in the marketplace. This is a must–read for those who don′t want to follow the crowd but want to stand out."—Gayle Mattson, EVP and Global Leader, Board & CEO Practice, DHR International "Carla Zilka is far beyond an HR or consulting professional. Rather she is a thought leader and results–driven executive who would be an asset in helping any organization become efficient. She brings a deep business insight and an entrepreneurial spirit to her work."—Michael Frankel, SVP, Mergers & Acquisitions, LexisNexis "Restructuring is one of the few tools available to move companies reliably to higher performance levels, especially under current economic con–ditions. It is also extremely difficult. NexGen Advisors′ methods, pioneered by Carla Zilka, provide a structured, effective, and proven road map to accomplish even the most ambitious corporate restructuring initiatives."—John Haworth, Consulting Principal, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP "The Organization Efficiency tools allow for a very quick and thorough analysis of the health of the data that is to be used to build an organization′s analysis. The summary reports that are produced allowed me to focus on errors in a timely fashion to reach a final product in a very short time. The interactive organization charts are an exciting tool for users. They allow for several views of an organization, even down to key defined data elements at the employee level."—Nicolette Sayward, Global Director, HR Operations & HR Technology, Whirlpool

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, excellent advice 8 Nov 2010
By Stan Watt - Published on
This book provides great insight into the restructuring process. It contains all the basic information that is required and is an excellent read. I work in organisational design/change management for a global investment bank and find the book a great resource. I also have the pleasure of having had the author, Carla Zilka, work with me on one of our organisational change/restructuring programmes. She lives and breathes the philosophy contained in this book and it works.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good template for restructuring big companies 8 Jun 2010
By J. Ozolins - Published on
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Bought this book because of my interest in business restructuring and got what i wanted, this book contains a good and detailed template for restructuring companies, after reading i could understand the basics where to check for problems and how to do that the right way, and how to implement changes, for me as a student it was maybe a little bit too complicated because i am not used to work in huge companies and some of the processes was not clear to me, but i could understand most of it anyway, as it is said on the cover, the book is for senior managers and vice presidents and they get what they deserve.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% practical guidebook for restructuring 3 Aug 2011
By Pawel Nadrowski - Published on
A very useful and comprehensive guidebook for business restructuring. The book walks through one of the most important and hardest restructuring processes which is "Moving from Unconscious Incompetence to Conscious Incompetence" in the organization. Zilka shows step by step how to do this using i.e. benchmarking (pointing out the specific sources). Further you can find some key success factors for the framework execution which are based on SixSigma philosophy and supported by BPI and BPO. The author also gives interesting insights and a well structured framework for human factor in whole restructuring process. I definitely recommend this book to people who really want to make a change in their organizations as there is no place for empty theory in Carla`s book.
Pawel Nadrowski, Project Manager, LOT Polish Airlines
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and easy-to-understand restructuring template 27 Jun 2011
By C Mooney - Published on
This is a refreshing action template that explains restructuring in a whole different way than I have seen in academia while pursuing my BBA and MBA. Finally, someone has provided real world examples that are interesting and truly paint a full picture of how the concepts of restructuring are utilized. Everyone who is interested in the efficiencies of business processes and restructuring, from students to CEO's, should read this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect introduction to how a business runs..EFFICIENTLY !! 19 Jan 2011
By Sabrina Waheed - Published on
I'm a newly college graduate and wanted to be able to get a thorough understanding of how a business runs efficiently, while taking some time off to build my work experience before getting my MBA. My professor recommended Carla Zilka's book and I have to say that it is an amazing way to follow how a business works from the inside. I've learned more from following Zilka's charts and analysis/assessments than in my four years of business related classes. I highly recommend it as it is a must read for any college grad preparing for the real business world.
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