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The Art of Action: Leadership that Closes the Gaps between Plans, Actions and Results
 
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The Art of Action: Leadership that Closes the Gaps between Plans, Actions and Results [Formato Kindle]

Stephen Bungay

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Executing strategy is an enduring management problem. There is often a significant gap between what managers plan, what they do and the outcome they achieve. Stephen Bungay finds a fresh approach from an unexpected source—the nineteenth-century Prussian Army. His solution is based not on theory, but on sets of practices that have evolved over many years in the fast-moving, unpredictable environment of the battlefield. This engaging narrative demonstrates how to set direction, how to agree on what people need to do to realize their objectives and how to enable them to be successful in the complex, dynamic arena of modern business. It offers a fresh, holistic approach to strategy, communication and leadership, encouraging people to practice the few simple things that really make a difference.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 945 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 304
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 1857885597
  • Editore: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (1 novembre 2010)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B004CRSN2O
  • Da testo a voce: Abilitato
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  • Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: #59.946 a pagamento nel Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 a pagamento nella categoria Kindle Store)

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8 di 8 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Most imporant leadership book in years 16 aprile 2011
Di Russ Emrick - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida|Acquisto verificato
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."
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle My Secret Weapon 4 agosto 2013
Di Matthew T. Kunz - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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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!
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle In a gendre full of drivel, "The Art of Action" delivers 27 febbraio 2012
Di Mariano Apuya Jr - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida|Acquisto verificato
"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.
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle The Real Deal 30 maggio 2011
Di ERMD - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
Plenty of people claim to be able to blend military history and commercial consultancy but Stephen Bungay is the real deal. If you aren't lucky enough to get to one of his lectures and courses, then The Art of Action is nearly is good as being there. This is focused, expert and inspiring. Get rid of everything in your library by people who don't know quite enough about military history or business. This is the only book you will need by the man who knows both.
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Must read for senior managers 23 dicembre 2010
Di Lancelot - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
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.

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