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Shockproof. How to Hardwire Your Business for Lasting Success

  • ID: 1586307
  • Book
  • November 2010
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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You survived the recession are you ready for what′s next?

WITH RAPID DEVELOPMENTS and shifts in the economy, technology, and customer expectations, businesses even those that are widely regarded as successful are often only one shock away from failure. Leaders spend countless hours trying to derive the perfect business strategy or organization design, only to be thrown off–kilter by an unanticipated change. When faced with a crisis that puts a business in peril, some leaders make the mistake of turning to quick–fix solutions, such as downsizing, divestiture, hiring a "savior" leader, or overinvesting in the latest flavor–of–the–month management consulting fad.

Long–term success does not happen by accident. It happens when leaders are able to see what′s going on in their businesses with absolute clarity and act with courage to ensure alignment between their business strategy, organization, and talent. These leaders realize that by balancing focus and flexibility they can better prepare their businesses to respond to or better yet, anticipate change.

Authors Debra Jacobs, Garrett Sheridan, and Juan Pablo González have helped the leaders of numerous companies such as AT&T, Intel, Pfizer, Sony, Nokia, American Express, Juicy Couture, and Qualcomm to better align business strategy, organization, and talent to improve execution. Now with Shockproof, these experts will show you how to do the same. The authors combine their experiences and proven approaches with the real stories of leaders who discovered the value of aligning strategy, organization design, and talent long before "shockproofing" became a verb. The insights offered by these successful leaders make Shockproof both compelling and practical. You′ll find yourself finishing a chapter and thinking "That makes sense we can do this too!"

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Foreword (
Paul Jacobs).

Prologue A Shockproof Future.

Chapter 1 Beware the Big Blue Catfish.

Chapter 2 Headlines or Tombstones?

Chapter 3 Make Sure the Strategy Is "Not Wrong".

Chapter 4 Beyond Boxes and Lines.

Chapter 5 Carbon Paper? Really?!

Chapter 6 Connections and Calibrations.

Chapter 7 Be the Leader You Seek.

Chapter 8 Pass the Salt.




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Debra Jacobs
Garrett Sheridan
Juan Pablo González
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