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  • Hardcover: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin Covey (7 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936111004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936111008
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 831,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author, Dr. Stephen R. Covey dedicates his life to teaching principle-centred living and leadership to individuals, families, and organizations. Dr. Covey has been awarded seven honorary doctorate degrees and has also been recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans

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Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times If there's one thing that's certain in business, it's uncertainty; still, some companies perform reliably and with excellence in spite of changing circumstances. Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times is about four essentials for getting great performance in good times and bad. (1) Excellent Execution: Winning companies have simple goals with clear targets and strong follow-through. All team ... Full description

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Three Resolutions Guy on 6 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Those familar with Dr Covey's work will enjoy this book. It is a 'get to the point' description of the way effective teams, organisations and even individuals can get even better results than they get now; or, in these times of recession, to stay in business by focusing where it matters.

Each of the 4 concepts is reinforced bya tabulated exercise asking the reader relevant questions, the answers to which will help the reader identify what he or she needs to do to 'get thigs done'. I found the story about the Children's Hospital taking the advice of Ferrari's pit crew on teams having to work smarter and not harder particularly interesting, even inspiring - who would have thought that the approach to a pit stop in Formula 1 could save babies' lives?

For a business, the interesting and yet pragmatic approach saves the reader time in getting to grips with the ideas illustrated; for the individual, seeing what could be done wakes you up to the good and bad in your own organisation!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
When the going gets tough...well, most people freak out! Faced with immediate threats and an uncertain future, they react tentatively and unpredictably, which only makes bad matters worse. Stephen R. Covey, who wrote the blockbuster The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and co-author Bob Whitman, CEO of the FranklinCovey consultancy (writing with Breck England, the firm's top consultant), offer a clear, doable strategy for maintaining and even improving your business during tough economic times. Their four-part formula is compact, encouraging, straightforward and actionable: "Execute priorities with excellence. Move with the speed of trust. Achieve more with less. Reduce fear." The only mild caveat is that the book is so elemental it may leave the reader - particularly the less-experienced manager ¬- wanting more. When hard economic times threaten to rock your boat, getAbstract suggests reaching for this book to help steady your craft in the storm-tossed seas.
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The cover says it all 20 Aug. 2009
By Boone Chu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In business it is a team that carries the burden of success and if that team does not have clearly communicated executable goals with realistic expectations or there are no solid practices in place for follow through and responsibility then the company is in trouble. This book clearly and simply lays out a path for any company to put these "predictable" practices to use. The analogies to the Tour de France and the company case histories (both good and bad) serve to illustrate the powerful concepts of teamwork, communication, trust and value that serve as a fundamental structure for a winning group. Less than a 100 pages this book packs in billions of dollars of advice.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great Book Which Is Practical, Globally! 24 Mar. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
With only hundred pages, this book practically lays out the precepts to survive (and prosper) in this turbulent and unpredictable world.
Covey is very more out of the "7 Habits" box this time by emphasizing:

1. Focus on Top Goals(in limited supply of Resources)
2. Identify Specific Jobs To Be Done (in downtime)
3. Keep Score
4. Regular Cycle of Follow Through

In another words:

1. Execute Priorities with Excellence
2. Move with Speed of Trust
3. Achieve More with Less
4. Reduce Fear

In plain language and filled with practical examples, this book is surprisingly useful as a direction pointer in the age of Turbulence.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Covey's encouraging tips for managing during tough times 19 July 2010
By Rolf Dobelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When the going gets tough...well, most people freak out! Faced with immediate threats and an uncertain future, they react tentatively and unpredictably, which only makes bad matters worse. Stephen R. Covey, who wrote the blockbuster The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and co-author Bob Whitman, CEO of the FranklinCovey consultancy (writing with Breck England, the firm's top consultant), offer a clear, doable strategy for maintaining and even improving your business during tough economic times. Their four-part formula is compact, encouraging, straightforward and actionable: "Execute priorities with excellence. Move with the speed of trust. Achieve more with less. Reduce fear." The only mild caveat is that the book is so elemental it may leave the reader - particularly the less-experienced manager ¬- wanting more. When hard economic times threaten to rock your boat, getAbstract suggests reaching for this book to help steady your craft in the storm-tossed seas.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Small Book, Big Punch 16 April 2010
By Rodger Dean Duncan, author of "Change-friendly Leadership: How to Transform Good Intentions into Great Performance." - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As usual, Stephen R. Covey (in this case with a couple of colleagues) manages to get right at the heart of important performance issues with minimum verbiage. He has a clear gift for the powerful metaphor. He avoids the popular psyco-babble. He always focuses on timeless principles that, when embraced, produce good results. A master storyteller, Covey illuminates the way to a more productive life. And he never lets you off the hook. Personal responsibility is his core doctrine. Excellent read in fewer than 100 pages.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Perfect timing ! 11 Dec. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Stephen R. Covey has done it again!

This little and fast read book is packed with relevant, well structured and easily applicable practical inspiration on how to utilize the current economic downturn on the expense of the less ambitious competitors. The prescription within the book is as simple as it is powerfull: 1. Execute priorities with excellence, 2. Move with the speed of trust, 3. Achieve more with less, and 4. Reduce fear. As the economy is gradually beginning to recover the publishing of this little helpful book is no less than perfect timing. Therefore it is a must-read in 2010 for all ambitious businesspeople - from the youngest MBA students to the most senior Fortune500 CEOs!
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