The Power of Strategic Commitment: Achieving Extraordinary Results Through Total Alignment and Engagement Paperback – May 27 2009
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..".outstanding book shows readers how to improve strategic processes and execution... This is indeed one of the very best of the year!" -- CEO Refresher.com
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To take your company to the next level, you constantly strive for that magical combination of top talent, superior leadership, critical resources, and canny strategy. But those elements--separately or in combination--will never achieve their ultimate value without commitment. Not the throwaway, rah-rah variety that dissipates as easily as it was created; but genuine, lasting engagement on the part of every single person in the organization. It's real, it's measurable, and, yes, you can build it. The Power of Strategic Commitment is the first book to turn the sometimes fuzzy concept of buy-in into a true strategic component of success. The authors demonstrate that by establishing quantifiable components of motivation and engagement, any business--yours--can turn Compliance (essentially doing everything right, but by adhering to rules and consequences) into Commitment--doing everything extraordinarily well, all the time, because of real interest in the success of the project at hand and the continued growth of the organization. Like most business issues, the level of commitment you can expect from your employees will be determined by what's projected from the top. The reason many well-designed initiatives end up falling short or failing outright is that employees sense immediately if senior management does or does not have the resources, structures, and sheer guts to follow through on all the grand visions they generated at the last strategic planning session. Too often, as the authors quote, strategic planning is "when you go offsite as a team, agree on a bunch of priorities for the year, then go back to work and do what you were going to do anyway." This lack of resolve then permeates every level, department, and individual in your workplace. With The Power of Strategic Commitment, you'll not only learn how to create and communicate initiatives that have inherent value (Content), you'll also learn how to show and build belief in the lasting importance of those initiatives to both the organization and each employee (Context). This critical combination in turn results in the ability to: -Hire and retain only fully engaged talent. -Involve everyone in creating the future of the organization--and their own future within it. -Continuously measure and increase buy-in at every level. -Customize commitment strategies for each employee (it's easier than it sounds). -Create a commitment-inspiring rewards system (without breaking the bank). -Keep everyone's eyes on the prize--the achievement and surpassing of stated goals. Jam-packed with practical tools, proven methods, and countless examples from the authors' considerable experience with hundreds of world-leading clients, The Power of Strategic Commitment gives you the key to the kind of sustained engage-ment that will finally help you realize all those great ideas--and take your organization to the top! Josh Leibner and Gershon Mader are consultants, speakers, and founding partners of Quantum Performance, Inc., a leading-edge management consulting firm with Global 1,000 clients including Cap-ital One, Cisco, Pru-den-tial Financial, Cushman & Wakefield, Zurich Financial, the United Way, and many others. Josh Leibner lives in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Gershon Mader lives in Toronto, Canada. They can be reached at www.quantumperformanceinc.com. Alan Weiss, Ph.D., is a consultant, speaker, and author of 32 books. His firm, the well-known Summit Con-sulting Group, has worked with hundreds of major global organizations, including Hewlett-Packard, Merck, and The New York Times. Alan Weiss lives in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and can be reached at www.summitconsulting.com. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Some time ago I read an excellent book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni. The dilemma after reading the book was now that I know what causes the dysfunctions, what do I really do?
Many of us have had the challenge of walking in to a job where a prior toxic leader left way too many emotional landmines, or if we are truthful, have done that ourselves. Then there is the situation of starting up with a new team - sort of like mass adoption. How does a new leader, or business leadership group , deal with these situations and become a real team - committed to a joint outcome.
What the authors do in The Power of Strategic Commitment is three really powerful things.
First, this is a self-help book with case studies and examples that help you look at your current situation and how to diagnose where to start and how to create a road map and actions to make progress in reaching the destination. They do this by sharing real situations from real companies in the leader's own words.
Second, the book lays out tools and techniques that frame how to address situations you want to improve. One of my favorites is a frame work in Chapter 7 that identifies behaviors that increase or decrease trust and focused on what you might consider doing about them.
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not say this. This book can REALLY help IF you want to take your game, or more importantly - your business leadership team's game, to the next level. However, you cannot do it without taking a look at the mirror first.
Add this book to your toolkit for executive change management, clarifying strategy, how to better communicate, and maybe even personal change management.
PS. The leadership diagnostics in the Appendix are alone a great reason to buy this book.
Rick Otero, EVP - Capital One Bank
If it falls short, it is in the area of Organization design. The book makes a lot of good points about the importance of context. What is missing is any quality coverage of the importance of effective design of your Organization. Which is a bit strange when you consider the impact that this can have on Organization performance and outcomes? See the book, 'Designing your Organization' for some useful guidance and treatment of this area.
The book is full of guidance/key questions, written by experienced consultants with 80+ years of experience, who have worked with 500 clients in 60 countries. A certain amount of self promotion comes through and is a distraction, from the sound coverage ot this neglected area.
* Chapter four is sharp and incisive on the subject of working effectively with middle managers. This is a key group in any change progamme, and the barriers to engaging them is covered on pages 72/73.
* Chapter four is especially compelling on how to generate strategic committment.
* Chapter six highlights the differences in low/high performing Organizations, in terms of the day to day conversations that take place. This - provides some warning signs in terms of what to look for.
* Chapter five - 'Leading from the front' suffers from a fervent 'can do' orientation/belief system, that is overdone and can begin to appear superficial.
* The theme of developing and sustaining trust in Organizations is professionally handled by the authors. Without this most initiatives will fail. This content is the main reason for buying this book. For more on this theme see articles in the Harvard Business review - June 2009.
- A Culture of Candor.
- Rethinking Trust.
Would I buy this book again - certainly. It covers the people aspects of change in way that is holds your attention. Finally the treatment of what the contribution/role of the HR function should be, will be challenging to both senior managers and HR professionals.
Stan Felstead - Interchange Resources - UK.
Camille Smith, president, Work In Progress Coaching, [...].
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