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Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done Hardcover – 1 Jul 2002


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publications; 1 edition (1 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609610570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609610572
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.7 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Praise for Execution: 'A great practitioner and an insightful theorist join forces to write a compelling business story of "how to get it done"' Jack Welch" Jack Welch --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.

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Larry Bossidy is chairman and chief executive officer of Honeywell International, a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader. Earlier in his career he was chief operating officer of General Electric Credit (now GE Capital Corporation), executive vice president and president of GE's Services and Materials Sector and vice chairman of GE. Ram Charan is a highly sought advisor to CEOs and senior executives in companies ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 500, including GE, DuPont, EDS, Universal Studios and Verizon. Dr. Charan has taught at both Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Northwestern University. Charles Burck is a freelance writer and editor. Earlier in his career he was an editor at Fortune magazine. --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.

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LARRY: My job at Honeywell International these days is to restore the discipline of execution to a company that had lost it. Read the first page
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Kroese on 27 April 2003
Format: Hardcover
Larry Bossidy is Chairman and former CEO of Honeywell International. Ram Charan has taught at both the Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Northwestern University. He now is a highly sought advisor to CEOs and senior executives. This book is split up in three sections (consisting of two to four chapters each), plus an useful introduction and conclusion.
In Part I - Why Execution Is Needed, the authors explain the discipline of execution. "Execution is a specific set of behaviors and techniques that companies need to master in order to have competitive advantage. It is a discipline of its own." This discipline is based on a set of building blocks that every leader must use to design, install, and operate the three core processes of execution.
These building blocks are described in Part II - The Building Blocks of Execution. I believe that Chapter 3, which describes the leader's seven essential behaviors, is the best of the book. This chapter is followed by Building Block Two - Creating the Framework for Cultural Change. "To change a business's culture, you need a set of processes - social operating mechanisms - that will change the beliefs and behaviors of people ..." The final chapter in this part discusses human resources management, or having the right people in the right place. A large part of this chapter is based on Bossidy's experience within General Electric (under the leadership of the legendary Jack Welch).
In Part III - The Three Core Processes of Execution, the authors introduce the three core processes required to fulfill the building blocks of Part II. The three processes are the people process, strategy process, and operations process, which are each explained in an individual chapter.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jun 2004
Format: Hardcover
Larry Bossidy is clearly a five-star leader, and Ram Charan is a gifted consultant and teacher. It surprised me that their book didn't work as well as I had hoped.
Execution's title misled me. Hopefully, you won't have that problem. I thought Execution would be all about how to take a strategy and operating plan and implement them well. That's not the case.
I also thought Execution would apply to all business people. Instead, the context for most of the AlliedSignal (Honeywell International's name when Mr. Bossidy became CEO there the first time) and General Electric examples which dominate the book is that of the CEO or group executive to whom divisions report in a large conglomerate. In this sense, Execution is like reading the latter chapters of Mr. Welch's book, "Jack."
The main difference between "Jack" and "Execution" is that "Execution" tries to build a framework for the book's concepts while sharing examples (mostly of failure) from other organizations. Mr. Charan's sections of the book mostly focus on that positioning. Mr. Bossidy mostly tells about his own experiences at AlliedSignal and Honeywell. Mr. Bossidy, of course, worked with Mr. Welch at General Electric for many years. Mr. Bossidy reports that you could take execution for granted at GE, but that it was lacking at AlliedSignal when he arrived. The two coauthors alternate in providing long monologues on the chapter topics and subtopics.
Three aspects of Execution are valuable to almost any business leader: how to hold a strategy review (chapter 8), building an organization (chapter 5) and the "Dear Jane" letter to a new leader (conclusion).
For those who would like to become CEOs and heads of divisions of large, disparate organizations, Mr.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Dec 2005
Format: Hardcover
Most companies, like most individuals, excel at making plans, but are not as talented when it comes to actually carrying them out. Thus, execution - the ability to get things done, particularly on a strategic level - has become the sine qua non of management science. Authors Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan observe that some people grow when promoted to executive leadership, while others merely swell. Those who lose touch with the operational realities of their businesses soon find themselves boldly leading a company going nowhere. The practical value of achieving objectives and getting things done must be instilled at every level of your company, and injected into the very DNA of your corporate culture. Anything less, and your company will under perform. Bossidy and Charan have sterling credentials when it comes to getting things done for America's leading corporations. They say execution is nothing more than faithfully practicing the right techniques with a disciplined approach. We recommend reading this book to help you turn your plans and strategies into accomplishments and victories.
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