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The Focused Organization: How Concentrating on a Few Key Initiatives Can Dramatically Improve Strategy Execution
Ashgate Publishing, April 2012, Pages: 248
In The Focused Organization Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez shows you how fewer, more effectively elected and managed projects are the key to strategic and long-term success. Using his own research and work experience he explains how and why those organizations that focus on just a few key initiatives can perform significantly better than unfocused organizations, not only financially but also in achieving their strategic objectives and motivating their staff.
The author introduces a new way of looking at a company through two very different and often conflicting dimensions: running-the-business and changing-the-business. What you add to one dimension you have to subtract from the other one. Finding the right balance between these two dimensions represents one of the major challenges to successful strategy execution.
Becoming a focused organization involves a radical change in the way companies are organized and the way they select and manage projects – the creation of a new culture. The Focused Organization discusses the characteristics that comprise a focused organization. It describes key areas where a focused organization builds its levels of maturity; provides examples of focused organizations that outperform the rest; and explains in practical steps how all enterprises can become focused.
The book finishes with a unique and inspiring case study that transports us to the early days of the current business world. Through the main character, Benny White, we learn how a business was conducted and how management evolved over decades with the introduction of business theories, including project management.
Part I Why Most Companies Only Partially Achieve Their Strategies: Organizational evolution and the challenges of strategy execution
- Evidence of the neglect of project management
- Why so many strategic initiatives have failed.
Part II The Benefits and Methods of Becoming Focused
- How companies can FOCUS
- A six-pillar framework for becoming a focused organization
- How to implement a focused organization
- Case study: the evolution of Spare Parts Benny, Inc.
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