Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, Charles Burck
Ram Charan is one of my favorite authors and speakers. He has an amazing ability to bring complex down to the basic principles. Some reviewers comment “that is Business 101” but I suspect more businesses fail because basic mistakes than fail because of miscalculations in rocket science. In any event, I greatly enjoyed this book by Ram Charan and Larry Bossidy.
A key point is that a system is designed to produce some result, whether that design was conscious or not. If the system consistently produces errors, the system is designed wrong and it is the leader’s job, rather than a technician’s, to fix it. To diagnose the problem and correct it, the leader must be in the details. The leader’s job is to get the people, strategy, and operation connected in a system that produces results.
Simple but powerful