Confronting Reality: Master the New Model for Success Hardcover – 14 Oct 2004
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Bossidy and Charan offer good advice on a neglected topic, making this a smart business leaders guide to enacting success -- Amazon.com
The tectonic plates of business are shifting and the result is a new reality in what it takes to run a profitable, successful business. The authors of Execution show what it takes to muster the intellectual and personal courage to understand the fundamental issues at the core of your business and provide the tools for taking action. Confronting reality is the ability to see the world the way it really is, not the way you would like it to be. Confronting Reality provides the tools that will build the foundation for future prosperity and success: How to focus on your external industry, not just your direct competitors; How to prepare a strategy that confronts reality; How to design rewards and link them to performance; How to reframe and reposition a business to ensure maximum successSee all Product description
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I have reviewed Charan and Bossidy's book on EXECUTION as well as Charan's book on PROFITABLE GROWTH. Both were great readings that asked us to confront reality in order to do what matters to get things right.
I've just read CONFRONTING REALITY. And I cannot help asking myself, why it was published at all? It doesn't add any new material compared to their marvellous bestseller; Execution. Instead this book spends most of its time telling case stories on the subject. I find too many of them too long and too boring. And the authors' focus on the vague concept of the business model is still a mystery to me. Why not build on strong concepts such as McKinsey's business system or Porter's value chain with proven track records. Please, confront reality!
My advice is that you buy Execution instead. It's much better. It has a clear concept, a stronger structure - and exactly the same highly important messages.
If you're a hardcore fan - like I am - of Charan and Bossidy's execution concept, you may just want to have this as an audio book for a long highway trip... that's how I managed to get through it.
MSc in International Business (Marketing & Management) and Graduate Diploma in E-business
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In some instances, like some history authors, the authors of this book seem to twist the contemporary/historical case studies in order to substantiate their thesis. Unfortunately, it appears that they have found what they were looking for and then devised the questions and thesis around that.
It is difficult to decide if this book is about execution, business or change management. I have decided that, in my humble opinion, that it is none of these. To the authors credit, they provide the friendly reminder on how to look at things in a different light; in essence lots on talking the talk, but very short on how to walk the walk. If your thirsty for knowledge and are searching for something tangible, don't but this book; if however you are philosophically minded and want to debate the merits of the intangible elements of leadership and organizational behavior then this book may be of some interest for you.
All in all, the book is ok, it assumes a level of business understanding (or in the authors words, savvy) on the part of the reader, knows the talk, does not necessarily walk the walk and is heavy on what many might call the human elements of business.
Bossidy and Charan use well-known examples and analyze the pitfalls and successes of these examples (Home Depot, Walmart, Thompson) according to a three-part business model: external environment, internal operations and financial targets. They also show you how to integrate by juggling the three simultaneously!
This was a great introductory book to orient businesspersons of any trade, level and experience to the whole shebang of business.
But. . .
Truthfully, i have read this 'business model' stuff before, with more depth and more analysis. I read the book "The Escher Cycle" by F. Jackson a couple of years back. That book goes into much more detail about most of Bossidy and Charan's three-part business model. Couple that book with "Value Migration" and you'll have a much better handle on the hurly-burly world of business.
I will recommend this book to my colleagues and my team to lean meantime.
I hope author can sale his books with free-cd.