"Beer, author of High Commitment, High Performance
, a book on business ethics recently published by Josey–Bass, posited three core reasons why Wall Street failed so badly in the fall of 2008: The firms lacked a higher purpose, lacked a clear strategy, and mismanaged their risk." ( Business Week
, August 17, 2009)
From the Inside Flap
In his time–tested approach to organizational success, Harvard Business School′s Michael Beer integrates knowledge from the fields of leadership, strategic management, human resource management, organization design and organization development and change to show how a company can be transformed to achieve sustained high commitment and high performance. Drawing on numerous management studies and his work with senior managers who succeeded in building a high commitment, high performance organization, Beer provides leaders with the information they need to make the transformation process a reality.
Anchoring his approach on leaders who have the right values, Michael Beer shows how to weave together a complete system that will ultimately spell business success no matter how challenging the economic climate. To build such a system, leaders will have to make courageous and principled choices about how to organize, manage, and lead the firm.
High Commitment, High Performance stresses the importance of focusing on both economic and organizational health. To achieve a fully functioning HCHP company, six silent barriers to commitment and performance must be overcome. Beer explains that successful senior executives build a resilient organization through an honest and collective action learning process that enables them to partner with key people in identifying barriers and redesigning and realigning the organization with values, strategy and economic realities. This learning and governance process enables rapid realignment and high commitment. Beer not only illustrates the process of corporate leadership and transformation, but outlines principles for designing the strategic management process, organizing the firm and managing its human resources found in the most successful HCHP companies.
High Commitment, High Performance provides a much–needed map for leaders who aspire to develop sustained high performance and commitment.