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Accelerating Performance: How Organizations Can Mobilize, Execute, and Transform with Agility Hardcover – 28 Feb 2017
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"Warm and fuzzy" works well for internet memes--not for management advice. Yet too much of what's written about improving performance in companies treats "the soft stuff" in a soft way.
No longer. Accelerating Performance moves organizational behavior out of the realm of speculation and into the realm of science. Drawing on a combination of empirical research and decades of experience advising global companies, this book shows you how to reduce time to value by building and changing momentum more quickly than your rivals.
The META framework (short for Mobilize, Execute, and Transform with Agility) offers advice for leading change at four levels: strategy, the organization, teams, and individuals. In addition to step-by-step guidance toward assessment, planning, and implementation, the book offers:
- An inside look at the practices of 23 "superaccelerators," a global (and perhaps unexpected) mix of companies that have demonstrated a consistent ability to accelerate performance.
- A study of the factors that create drag--and drive--at the level of strategy, organizations, teams, and individuals.
- An exploration of the 39 differentiating actions that organizations can combine as dictated by their strategy and context into a winning recipe.
- A diagnostic tool for leaders, teams, and organizations to assess their starting place, and to highlight the specific areas neededto improve the ability to accelerate strategy and performance.
Sustained organizational improvement requires constant vigilance and careful planning. Remember, the jungle always grows back. Accelerating Performance gives leaders a step-by-step framework for taking action and transforming their organizations, teams, and even themselves--both for today and for the future.
From the Back Cover
This is a no–nonsense resource that gets to the root of an organization s performance problem. By using science, the authors examine the best practices of great teamwork, the how–to of building high–performing organizations, and the code to building a winning culture and driving sustainable growth.
Paula Ketter, editor of TD magazine, Association for Talent Development
"With an unashamed focus on data and empirical evidence, Accelerating Performance stands out from the sea of performance and change management books that are based on anecdotes and theory. As such, it is essential reading for anyone serious about analysing or improving organisational, team or individual performance."
"It is absolutely true that ′the soft stuff is the hard stuff′ and that most HR departments need less PowerPoint and more Excel. Accelerating Performance offers a sharp analysis of how successful companies ′crack the code′ to build a winning culture and drive sustainable growth and do it faster than their competitors."
Jim Smith, president and CEO, Thomson Reuters
"In a continually disrupted marketplace, companies live and die by their ability to accelerate their performance. The genius of this book is its rigorous analysis of the blockers to acceleration and how to remove them and its insights into the agility required to transform a business. It is eye–opening stuff."
Mark Wilson, group CEO, Aviva
"Using a deeply analytical and forensic approach, the authors tease out why some companies have avoided the drag of underperformance. Their detailed analysis of these ′superaccelerators′ reinforces some deeply held beliefs but also uncovers crucial insights about what it takes to succeed. Filled with insights, action points, and wisdom this is a must–read for any leader tasked with building a high–performance organization."
Lynda Gratton, professor of management practice, London Business School, and coauthor of The 100–Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity
"Health care is delivered in teams. Whether it′s in the operating theater, the hospital, or in the community, it is how we work together that determines our ability to save lives. Accelerating Performance sheds light on the practices that constitute great teamwork."
Lord Ara Darzi, Paul Hamlyn chair of surgery, Imperial College London, and former U.K. health minister
"Some business books excel at data–based analytical rigor, others at strategy, leadership, or soft skills. Accelerating Performance integrates all these vital components and teaches leaders how to drive fast with vision."
Tom Glocer, founder of Angelic Ventures LP, director of Merck & Co. and Morgan Stanley, and member of the supervisory board for Publicis Groupe
"An ambitious, breakthrough book! Who wouldn t want their company to be in Colin and Sharon′s group of super–performers? Drawing on original research, illuminating cases, and practical advice, they show us a surprising even unfashionable route for companies to get there: not by reinventing themselves but by becoming significantly better versions of who they already are! Smart, funny, with a very high ′PIPSI′ (provocative ideas per square inch)."
Robert Kegan, Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development, Harvard University, and coauthor of An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization
"Delivering sustainable, standout performance is the holy grail for business leaders. Colin and Sharon present a compelling agenda to help leaders increase the metabolic rate in their business, thereby creating the conditions for long–term success. Boards and CEOs should take note and take action."
David Roberts, chairman, Nationwide Building Society
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What distinguishes this book from many others in this field is it’s foundation in fact. While other books offer advice on improving the performance of an organisation, usually a business, the advice they give is often theoretical and unproven – the next big thing, hopefully.
In contrast, Accelerating Performance is founded in fact. Perhaps what sets this book apart is that the authors are, primarily, not authors. Price and Toye are senior management consultants, with decades of experience advising top executives, and access to enormous resources. As such, their book is founded upon facts drawn from surveys of more than 20,000 global leaders, questionnaires and CEO interviews. In partnership with Oxford University they analysed a vast collection of information and distilled from it the very essence of why organisations flourish or flounder. Their analysis identified thirteen ‘Drive or Drag’ factors that are predictors of organisational success, (which they conveniently grouped into four categories - META), and for each of the thirteen factors they show what Good and Bad look like. Their work cuts through the fake science and shines a light on empirical truths.
For each of the thirteen Drive and Drag factors, the book gives three clear goals and practical actions to achieve them - thirty-nine performance accelerators applicable to any organisation. Almost all are illustrated with interesting real-world examples or pearls of wisdom from CEOs.
In essence, this book provides a comprehensive method and approach for improving organisational performance, and offers much practical value. Leaders (or aspiring leaders), of businesses and organisations will gain enormous advantage from understanding and applying its content.
It will challenge you to take a much closer look at your organisation to identify the drive factors and drag factors that contribute to organisational performance.
You will see your organisation differently.
With accurate data about your organisation you will be in the best position to decide exactly what to do, what actions to take and how to Mobilise, Execute and Transform your business. You'll see why Agility is so crucial and how the META process is your route to Accelerating Performance.
You'll find lots of real examples, hard facts and evidence from organisations across the world. Find out who the 'Superaccelerators' are, and what they do to accelerate performance. You'll be inspired, provoked and challenged to rethink how you see your organisation.
If you are a business leader who wants to learn how to thrive and perform in the fast paced, digital business world and accelerate the performance of your business, I recommend you read this book.
From their research, the authors (Price and Toye), have devised a simple yet sound model - META. This demonstrates how teams that are able to Mobilise, Execute and Transform WITH Agility accelerate their performace - Agility being the multiplier. What they descibe seems like common sensee but what distinguisehes this common sense are the facts and research that back it up.
This book is useful for leaders of organisations and teams as well as professionals who work with organisations to improve performane.
Paradox thinking is brilliant and I've found teams I've worked with have benefitted hugely from this concept as a way to think more creatively and overcome roadblocks.
I really recommend this book to leaders and organisational consultants as a way to get insight and figure out how you can strengthen your organisation, your team or your leadership pipeline.
A very comprehensive leadership book with so many practical tools to make a difference.
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