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The High Performance Organization: Creating Dynamic Stability and Sustainable Success [Paperback]

Linda Holbeche
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10 Feb 2005 0750656204 978-0750656207
Increased global competition, aided and abetted by technology, has meant that organizations in every sector are having to compete on the basis of speed, cost, quality, innovation, flexibility and customer-responsiveness. If organizations wish to be able to compete successfully in the global marketplace, they need to develop innovative products and services quickly and cost-effectively.

The High Performance Organization provides invaluable information and practical tools for people engaged in leading organizational change efforts as an executive, line manager, HR practitioner or change agent.

This practical text is grounded in organizational reality as well as having a sound theoretical setting. Illustrative case studies have been drawn from consultancy practice and a wide range of current research.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (10 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750656204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750656207
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Linda Holbeche has a passion for helping people and organizations achieve sustainable high performance and effectiveness. Her special areas of interest include leadership, strategic change, organization development and HR development. A consultant, developer, researcher and writer, she is the author of more than 40 research reports, 100 articles and ten books, a member of several advisory boards, visiting Professor at three universities and Fellow of several institutes. She is co-director of the Centre for Leadership Innovation at the University of Bedfordshire. Previous roles have included Director of Research and Policy at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Director of Leadership and Consultancy at the UK think tank The Work Foundation, Director of Research and Strategy at Roffey Park Management Institute, Management Development Manager (EMEA) at American Express, and several senior teaching roles. She is regularly featured amongst the top thinkers in HR by HR Magazine and Personnel Today.

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" excellent reference for those who are new to the topic and want a comprehensive introduction..."
- Personnel Today

About the Author

Linda Holbeche is Research and Policy Director at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Linda is responsible for leading the CIPD's extensive management research programme and the translation of that knowledge into practice for the benefit of all those involved in the management and development of people. She heads a 40 strong team, including 12 expert research advisers, and is a key spokesperson and advocate for the people management and development profession, in the media and in relations with government and other opinion formers. Linda was previously with the Work Foundation where she was Director of Leadership and Consultancy and prior to this she was Director of Research and Strategy at Roffey Park Institute for 12 years.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book was written to complement a related book - Understanding change: theory, implementation and success. Also published in 2005.
Linda Holbeche always produces good quality insights, that are well researched. The book is set out in way that flows well and is a good read. I first read it, several years ago.

The focus of this book, is treatment of the practical issues, relevant to building a high performance culture. The book is strong on building organizational capability over the longer term. For example in high performance management practices - section four - how employees can be stimuted achieve high performance is covered well.

Chapter five - designing the high performance organization deals with this important but neglected area.The author provides guidance on how elements of high performance can be built into organization design. The checklist provided at the end of this chapter is first class. For more depth on Organization Design on see:

* Designing your Organization, pub 2007 and Designing Dynamic Organizations, pub 2002. (see my other reviews.)

The extensive use of the wide ranging research carried out by Roffey Park Institute is used to good effect to illustrate areas to concentrate on to improve results. This management centre, outside of the mainstream Business schools has a distinctive approach, and now that the author has left it will be interesting to see if they maintain the strong track record of publications, that Linda Holbeche created when she was there.

Another more recent book that complements this one, that is a good buy is:

* Human Resource Transformation - demonstrating strategy leadership in the face of future trends. By William J. Rothwell and others, published in 2008 is worth obtaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and comprehensive 17 Mar 2012
By Oswald
A good summary of Roffey Park's research. It covers all relevant topics in depth and critically so it takes some time to work though.Pity Gallup don't produce something similar to this but it's worth a read nevertheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The High Performance Organisation 19 Jan 2007
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This book provides vital answers on how to build a workforce that is engaged and high performing in an everchanging world. ESSENTIAL reading for any Human Resources Manager in the 21st century. Jenny Z., Master of Business (Human Resource Management).
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