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The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans, Actions, and Results Formato Kindle

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Shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year Award 2011-2012 (Practical Manager category)

'Stephen Bungay has something genuinely interesting to tell us. His book is not one of those vacuous essays in 'leadership qualities' of the 'how would Napoleon/MacArthur/Alexander the Great have turned around General Motors' variety ... What makes this book worth reading is the way in which Mr. Bungay calls time on an entire culture of gobbledygook. You don't succeed in warfare by having vague objectives and issuing ambiguous orders. And you shouldn't expect to succeed in business that way, either.' —Laurence Eyton, Wall Street Journal

'What do you get if you cross a military historian with a management consultant? You get this fascinating book by Stephen Bungay - Bungay is a comfortable with management as he is with history and here cleverly draws on his knowledge of the latter to influence his thinking - A must-read for any would-be strategist.' —Director

'We live in an age of strategic failure across the board - in international relations and economic affairs, on the battlefield as well as in the marketplace. Inventively and incisively, Stephen Bungay draws on Clausewitz's wisdom, military history, business literature, and common sense to develop the notion of 'directed opportunism' for breaking the ominous cycle of frustration.' —Jonathan Stevenson, Professor of Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College

'Leadership is an intangible value. What sets Stephen Bungay apart is that he draws upon his deep knowledge of historical military campaigns to highlight key leadership principles and then sets them in the context of modern business with an understanding of the particular challenges faced by each company he works for. The first part greatly entertains and captivates the audience and the second part really brings home the teachings we wish to impart. The results have been very good.' —Tom Glocer, CEO, Thomson Reuters

'The Art of Action is a must for anyone in business who takes their leadership responsibilities seriously. Stephen Bungay draws upon his deep understanding of business strategy and military history and describes principles in his book that will have a real impact for those who adopt them. The Art of Action is the strategic handbook for today built on the insights of yesterday. This will be compulsory reading for all of my unit heads.' --Eliot Forster, CEO, Solace Pharmaceuticals

'All too often, strategies fail to be implemented because they do not make tough choices between priorities and therefore leave people confused. The eminently pragmatic techniques described in this book are a great way of sharpening up the thinking, the communication and the sense of accountability needed to get an organisation moving. The ideas sound simple, but they are very powerful.' —Martin Bean, Vice Chancellor, The Open University

'Stephen Bungay's career as CEO, management consultant and historian enable him to bring a unique clarity to leadership and the art of making strategy happen. His study of the chastened Prussian military machine analysing why it was defeated by Napoleon's peasant army is illuminated with anecdotes from his career in business. It is this blend of evidence from the military to the business environment which makes this book so useful to the modern day practitioner!' —David Roblin, Senior Vice President, Pfizer Global R&D

'This is not just another book about strategy. The Art of Action does not only present a radical, counter-cultural solution to the impasse business is facing today but it is grounded in real strategic execution in a fascinating organisation. It is the 're-engineering the corporation' of the 21st century. I intend to send a copy to all my clients.' --Aidan Walsh, Partner, Ernst & Young

'Bungay takes a very surgical knife to some of today's sacred cows, contrasting organisational activity as opposed to action and deftly eviscerating the idea of slavish adherence to the Balanced Scorecard concept. If ever you needed a case against the idea that ticked boxes must inevitably lead to positive results, you have it right here. This is almost certainly the best work-related read I have enjoyed since Paul Kearns' The Value Motive. Indeed Stephen Bungay and Kearns share a clear and uncompromising language which emphasises the logic and clarity of their assertions. My lingering regret about this book is that for some who care to read it, it is already too late: they are in positions of command that they do not merit, and will tiptoe away in the hopes that they are not recognised. This book, nevertheless, should be required reading for anyone who aspires to own or manage any organisation, or part of one. If individuals are imbued with the right stuff this read will fall on very fertile ground indeed.' --HR Zone


Examining the gap between what managers plan, what they do, and the outcomes they achieve, Stephen Bungay uses the nineteenth-century Prussian Army—and the unpredictable environment of the battlefield—to show business leaders how they can build more effective and productive organizations. Bungay provides a fresh look at how managers can turn planning into execution, and execution into results.

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  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 1857885597
  • Editore: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (16 febbraio 2011)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
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HASH(0x9c2c2da4) su 5 stelle Most imporant leadership book in years 16 aprile 2011
Di Russ Emrick - Pubblicato su
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This book is remarkable. The author's breath of reading and research is amazing. Almost every important author or management book of the 20th century is referenced here - in refreshing and often critical candor. From fads like 'Blue Ocean Strategy' to serious works like 'Balance Scorecard' The Art of Action looks at a wide range of material and distills down what works for actually accomplishing something.

However what made this book so significant is the practical advice and implementable ideas. This isn't another ivory tower theory from on high book, but a practical solution that every manager or leader can get results from.

That said it isn't a handbook. More 'how to' should have been included. Illustrations are small. Footnotes are numerous (and without chapter heads). There are no summaries, no easy to read or follow instructions. They exist but thy are not as useful as the author intended. You have to do the work of reading, digesting the material, and thinking through a practical application for your business.

But oh how worthwhile you'll find that process. Of the dozens of books I read annually The Art of Action is one I'll keep at hand, re-read, and use.

Like in war when a business strategy encounters the real world 3 gaps appear (gaps in terms of expected results and reality: outcomes, actions, plans). They are:

1. The knowledge gap - the difference between what we would like to know and what we actually know.

2. The Alignment Gap - the difference between what we want people to do and what they actually do.

3. The Effects Gap - the difference between what we expect our actions to achieve and what they actually achieve.

The Art of Action is about filling those gaps. Stephen Bungay uses the lessons of war and military theorists to figure out how to really create a "learning organization." The mechanical view of workers as learning tasks and slavishly performing them won't work in dynamic situations like war or competitive business environments. People need to know the goals (intentions) of a business and then have the skill sets to proactively and creatively find their own solutions to accomplish them. We provide the strategy, again goals and intentions along with tactical resources but the people think and act independently to accomplish the goals. A tall order however The Art of Action explains how.

Simply a great book that will save you tons of time from reading the hundreds of books this author has read and gleaned the gold from.

"We have a strategy, we have long-term objectives, we all have budgets...meanwhile our people are asking, 'so, what is it exactly that you're asking me to do?'"

"Generating activity is not a problem; in fact it is easy. The fact that it is easy makes the real problem harder to solve. The problem is getting the right things done - the things that matter, the things that will have an impact, the things a company is trying to achieve to ensure success. A high volume of activity often disguises a lack effective action."
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HASH(0x9c216abc) su 5 stelle In a gendre full of drivel, "The Art of Action" delivers 27 febbraio 2012
Di Mariano Apuya Jr - Pubblicato su
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"The Art of Action" is a great book. I can't say that there's ever been a business book based of maneuver warfare. I don't exactly know the precise time when the maneuver warfare craze hit the United States Military (US Marines were first, synthesized by USAF Col. John Boyd), but it happened long enough ago that the once polemic idea is now accepted corpus of military strategy. "Prussian envy" was a phrase coined to describe this type of thinking, with impressive sounding words like Auftragstaktik or Coup d'oeil.

There are many types of strategic formulation, you analyze your yourself and your industry and pounce on opportunities; you can ask the different functions and find out what driving the your business as in "driving forces"; you can look at your processes and improve them; etc. What I take away from this book is that the implementation phase of strategic process can in itself generate strategies in a kind of iterative way. Which by the way is how textbooks describe them.

In these times we live in, management is in love with networks. Networks are not even mentioned in "Art of Action" but if you do work on a network, then "Art of Action" is the way you would thrive in such a world.

Tidbits I found profound in this book are: Competencies are built on top of another; don't make a decision on things you don't know.
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HASH(0x9bf1ebb8) su 5 stelle My Secret Weapon 4 agosto 2013
Di Anonymous - Pubblicato su
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Without a doubt, I think this is the best book on Organizational Effectiveness I've ever read and applied. You've got to apply it to understand what I mean. I currently am responsible for the success of five different organizations consisting of the business, political, sports, and non-profit arenas. For some reason, I had to manage all 5 at once. As I tried to get my arms around everything, the tendency to control everything myself only made me realize how little I could actually control. I had to trust others to help, but I didn't know how I could do that within the framework of five very different organizations, each with their own objectives and personalities.

The Art of Action is the answer. I've always believed that the human spirit when guided correctly can achieve great things. I've also believed that you need to trust others to come up with solutions to problems when they are closer to the problem than you are. It's centralized planning vs decentralized planning. When people understand the context of the team's situation, they understand why it is important to achieve a certain objective. The Art of Action gets people motivated.

When I've applied these principles, I've been amazed at the immediate results. My team members took ownership of their responsibilities and came up with amazing ideas to solve their problems. Immediately, I found myself in "Management" mode, making sure that they had all the tools at their disposal to reach their own objectives within my intent. Sometimes I had to recruit more people, make a connection that can help, or provide a budget, but I was amazed at the results as my role became one of a servant leader, helping them in any way so that they became successful. What's interesting is that I received the same results as I applied it in each organization. The principles can be applied across many different endeavors.

The hardest challenge I've had is to get buy-in from the leaders below me. I have asked them to write their own Strategy Briefings for their own teams, and that has taken some prodding. However, once they did, they found the reaction of their team members to be similar to my own. They become leaders of their own team within a greater organization, and I've been so very proud of them. I have found that those areas of my team that did buy-in and write their own Strategy Briefings have become the strongest leaders in our organization. It's been so impressive that I want this process to become a framework for the leadership that comes after me.

Finally, our teams are moving. We're reaching objectives when at first it didn't seem possible. When we take a breather and compare ourselves to the competition, we're amazed that we're blowing them away in some areas. We make a lot of decisions quickly, and we make more right ones than wrong ones. The only wrong decision is indecision. I find myself celebrating success with my teams much more than I was prior to applying the Art of Action.

So, I can't say enough about this book. Seeing the pride in my Team's eyes makes it all worthwhile. Thank you, Stephen Bungay!
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HASH(0x9c389c48) su 5 stelle Good material 8 ottobre 2014
Di Måns Sandström - Pubblicato su
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Ambitious storytelling and the key points is delivered very late in the book. I recommend it, but it takes some patience to get through it.
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HASH(0x9bcd8360) su 5 stelle Must read for senior managers 23 dicembre 2010
Di Lancelot - Pubblicato su
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Stephen Bungay brings the rigors of historic research as well as a depth of management experience to that most intractable of management problems: how to get an organisation the size of a supertanker to turn on command. His approach is to contrast different styles of military leadership in affecting the outcome of campaigns and drawing conclusions on the applicability of different approaches to defining the mission, delegating or issuing specific orders and providing feedback for corporate life.
Rather than a bookish treatise this is a lively, well researched and thought provoking journey, hugely erudite and entertaining. Don't miss it.