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The Capable Company: Building the Capabilities that Make Strategy Work [Paperback]

Richard Lynch , John Diezemann , James F. Dowling

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2 July 2003
Capable Company provides the “Rosetta Stone” executives have been seeking: a systematic way to translate strategy into action. Gives executives a systematic way to translate strategy into action. Helps companies to develop the capabilities that make strategy work. Assembles best–practice strategy execution methods from some of the world’s most highly–respected companies into a simple step–by–step process. Enables leaders at all levels to rapidly focus and align their actions, even as business conditions change. Packed with models, key points, practical examples, case studies, self–assessment techniques and templates.

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"Building, adapting and shedding capabilities is the key to taking vision to action. Capable Company provides leaders with a disciplined process for strategy execution – one that is focused, aligned and actionable." Kenneth D. Tuchman, Chairman and CEO, TeleTech Holdings, Inc. <!––end––> "Knowing where we are going is not as important as being able to get there. This book lays out a blueprint for action that will help leaders at all levels arrive at where they are headed. It focuses on the right issues at the right time and in the right ways.” Dave Ulrich, Professor of Business Administration, University of Michigan "Capable Company provides a thoughtful and workable framework for strategy execution to line managers and staff, at all leadership levels in an organization. For HR professionals, we gain valuable insights to what is means to be a strategic HR organization and, in turn, be more relevant in the work we deliver." Bob Hargadon, Vice President, International Human Resources, Boston Scientific "Capabilities are to companies as competencies are to people. The Capable Company provides the "what" and the "how" of execution, a major business challenge for the foreseeable future." Pat Martin, CEO, StotageTek

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The "Rosetta Stone" executives have been seeking The Capable Company provides a systematic way to translate strategy into capabilities and projects. While some companies do this intuitively, this book lays out a repeatable process so that leaders at all levels can rapidly focus and align their actions – even as business conditions change – to build competitive advantage.

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3.0 out of 5 stars By the book not the Kindle version 28 April 2014
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The material is five stars - it's great. It is written simply and the ideas are good ideas. The Kindle version is blurry - hence the two star penalty - and the graphics and tables are hard to read. Buy the hard copy. It's worth the wait.
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for Leaders Accountable for Results 13 Aug 2013
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Gurus come and go, each marketing their frameworks. However few stand the test of time like Michael Hammer is to Business Process Reengineering and Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton are to Balanced Score card. Similarly Richard Lynch, Jim Dowling and John Diezemann are to the Strategy Architecture. Their book "Capable Company" has stood the test of time. It was one of the first, and remains amongst the best methods to not only build a company's strategy, but they take it to the next level ... a framework to actually execute and operationalize a business strategy in a way that dramatically increases the performance of an organization.

These days most business books tell us what we need to do, Capable Company takes this further and outlines how to do it. It is about time some of the leaders in the field understand that there is a difference between the what and how, after all, we are all held accountable for result ... and to deliver results we need to understand how to do things differently.

Having spent close to 30 years as both a leader within organization as well as a consultant to fortune 500 companys driving for results. Capable Company has helped me better define how to driven change, transform a company and deliver. I am looking forward to the next text which will be a companion capturing more real world examples of success. Perhaps a Field Book of Successes!
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