FASTBREAK: The CEO's Guide to Strategy Execution Paperback – 18 Dec 2012
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"While a turnaround is one of the most challenging and stressful of business situations, it is also one of the most rewarding to see good people take control of their business again and create a sustainable future. The principles described in FASTBREAK: The CEO's Guide to Strategy Execution are solid and sound, as is the advice, processes and templates. A complete synthesis for the CEO." --Joe Bione, President, The Whitehall Group
"John Childress and The Principia Group display a real commitment to developing value-add partnerships with their clients. I have been a client of John Childress and his teams for over 20 years as we faced numerous business challenges through periods of low and high growth. This book is the best synthesis on strategy execution I have read. It gives the CEO a sure-fire process to effectively engage the executive team in executing the strategic intent; including principles, templates, examples, and most importantly, tips to avoid costly mistakes." --Frank Tempesta, former CEO, Textron Systems Corp
"Straight talk, common sense, great examples. This is clearly a book for the CEO and business leader. As Childress states, strategy is a contact sport, and from my experience successful strategy execution requires consistent dedication to detail, communication and a willingness to modify as conditions warrant. You will find it all in this highly useful book." --Robert Dangremond, Alix Partners
About the Author
John R Childress is Managing Partner of The Principia Group, a senior executive advisory practice focusing on strategy execution, corporate culture and performance improvement. With over 35 years of experience with senior executive teams in numerous industries, John brings best practices into a synthesis of sage advice for the CEO and business leader facing the daunting task of strategy execution. In 1978 John cofounded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 an 2000 he served as its President and CEO. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant), deregulated industries (telecoms, natural gas pipelines), mergers and acquisitions, and classic business turnaround scenarios with global Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 businesses. He has designed and conducted strategy and leadership workshops in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia.
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In my view, though, this is a rare gem of a book that all CEOs really ought to read.
John Childress's new book is a quick read, extremely well-written and offers great advice on the increasingly important topic of strategy development and execution.
It's trite (but true) to say that organisations operate in a world where both the pace of change and customer expectations are rising inexorably. This means the cycle time for strategy development and execution needs to move from typically an annual process to near real-time.
It also means that 'executive teams' (who, let's face it, are seldom genuine teams in practice) need to redefine their role from managing specific functions and reacting to pressing, day-to-day operational issues alongside current-year budgetary targets, to leading their organisations strategically.
This new book provides a very refreshing, very pragmatic, very readable guide to the challenge and opportunity of improved strategy execution.
John Childress has written an insightful book to answer all these questions.