BIG Ideas to BIG Results: Remake and Recharge Your Company, Fast

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9780132344784: BIG Ideas to BIG Results: Remake and Recharge Your Company, Fast

 “This book is a must read for leaders building focused and strategically driven businesses. Mike and Bob, the knowledge practice leaders in transformation leadership, here provide important insights for managers who aspire to impact the direction of their organizations.”

–John W. Spiegel, Chairman, S1 Corporation, and Former Vice Chairman and

Chief Financial Officer, SunTrust Banks, Inc.

 

“BIG Ideas to BIG Results is Must Reading. Mike and Robert have honed the Accelerated Corporate Transformation Process based on innovative thinking and extensive real world corporate transformation experience.” 

–Sam Araki, CEO, ST-Infonox, and Former President, Lockheed-Martin Missiles and Space

 

“Kanazawa and Miles provide you with a roadmap for success. They show you how to keep it simple, communicate the vision, and execute all levels of the organization.” 

–Peter L. Lynch, Chairman, CEO, and President, Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

 

“I really like the frank, plain talking, honest approach. Many of the points Mike and Bob make match my experiences so I found myself smiling a lot as I read through the chapters. I would recommend this book to the CEOs I work with.”

–Kevin Compton, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

 

A No-Nonsense, Step-by-Step, Results-Driven Approach to Driving Business Transformation and Breakthrough Performance

 

Why do most corporations fail to achieve breakthrough performance? They make things too complex. They clutter it with jargon and confusion. They dither on the launch pad. They hire too many consultants, chase after too many fads. It doesn’t have to be that complicated. Whatever your goal, whatever your role, Michael T. Kanazawa and Robert H. Miles introduce a simple, practical, 100% results- driven approach that works. Drawing on their experience working with hundreds of senior executives, they show how to align your organization behind just a few core initiatives; bias your people toward speed; create leaders at every level; and achieve traction and accountability in all facets of execution. You’ll learn how to engage people instead of frustrating them, and harness their energy instead of wasting it. Whether you’re executing a new initiative, entering a new market, or attempting to transform your entire enterprise, this book will help you find the right path, clear the obstacles, and get there–surely and quickly.

 

Today’s companies recognize that they must constantly improve at every level, from frontline customer-facing functions to enterprise-wide strategy. They must execute bold new strategic initiatives more effectively... integrate and align acquisitions more quickly...and accelerate and sustain growth in the face of unprecedented competition. But wherever business transformation and breakthrough performance must occur, many of the challenges are the same.

 

Now, there’s a breakthrough methodology for overcoming these challenges. In BIG Ideas to BIG Results, Michael T. Kanazawa and Robert H. Miles introduce the Accelerated Corporate Transformation (ACT) methodology: A simple, no-nonsense process that is grounded in reality, inclusive of people, and 100% results-oriented.

 

Drawing on over twenty years refining and applying ACT, initially at Harvard Business School and then in leading enterprises, Kanazawa and Miles identify crucial steps to success, as well as practical solutions to the inevitable roadblocks you’ll face. Their #1 insight: Many obstacles stem from managers making situations and decisions more complex than they really are, and taking too much time to get ready. ACT strips away complexity and indecision, helping you move far more rapidly and predictably from strategy development through execution. Designed by leaders for leaders, this book will help you execute more rapidly and lead more effectively, to achieve breakthrough performance at any level, in any function, in any organization.

  • Step-by-step, leader-driven techniques that work—simply and quickly
    Business transformation and breakthrough performance without the confusion and complexity
  • What leaders must know—and do—to succeed
    Making it happen from the inside out—without hordes of consultants
  • Conquer “corporate gridlock” at last
    Stay focused on what really matters, instead of bouncing from one initiative to the next
  • Rapidly engage the full organization...
    ...to power up leadership at every level

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About the Author:

Michael T. Kanazawa, chief executive officer of Dissero Partners, is a business advisor, author, and speaker. Michael serves as a business advisor to executives on the topics of corporate transformation, strategy, business execution, and leadership. Previously, he built the technology and innovation practice at a premier consulting firm that spun off from the Boston Consulting Group. With a blend of operating experience at Fortune 500 companies and collaboration on the development of the Accelerated Corporate Transformation (ACT) process, he brings a practical approach to driving breakthrough growth to his clients. He has worked with organizations including Silicon Valley start-ups, private equity investors and global corporations, such as AT&T, Anadigics, Intel, PG&E, Schlumberger, Symantec, and Verizon.

 

Robert H. Miles, Ph.D., chairman of Dissero Partners, is a thought and practice leader in the fields of corporate transformation and executive leadership. He also serves as chairman of Galloway Consulting and president of Corporate Transformation Resources. Miles was a faculty member at the Yale School of Management and later at Harvard Business School, where he chaired the innovative program for CEOs, division presidents, and their teams that generated the initial insights for the ACT methodology. He has authored several books on his intensive support of corporate transformations at over twenty-five companies, including Corporate Comeback and Leading Corporate Transformation.

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Praise for BIG Ideas to BIG Results

"Short, simple, and to the point. Kanazawa and Miles distill decades of corporate transformation experience down to a few, vital messages. Required reading for CEOs."

—Peter Darbee, Chairman, CEO, and President, PG&E Corporation

"Mike and Bob have outlined an extensive and highly valuable set of actions and processes that can be implemented by corporate management to drive significant improvement in organizations. Their approach can be of great benefit not only to CEOs and their executive staffs, but also to vice presidents, general managers, and department heads."

—Richard Beyer, President and CEO, Intersil Corporation

"This book is a must read for CEOs who are looking for time-tested principles and a proven process by which senior teams can realign their organization and its people with their strategic intent. In a fast moving world, nothing is more important."

—Michael Beer, Cahners-Raab Professor of Business, Harvard Business School and author, Breaking the Code of Change

"BIG Ideas to BIG Results is a must read for CEOs, as well as managers empowered with bringing about meaningful change. Most executives are comfortable with functional change within their own areas of competence and responsibilities, but one of the most challenging realities of the 21st century is that competitive advantage and speed of change require complex cross-functional solutions. I am recommending reading this book to all of my C-level clients."

—Jerry Black, President and CEO, Kurt Salmon Associates

"In the past years as a new General Manager and then as a new CEO, I have had the pleasure of working with Bob and Mike on corporate transformation challenges. They have done an outstanding job of distilling complex corporate turnaround principles into a practical book full of blueprints for CEOs, their executive staffs, and their boards to apply in corporate transformations."

—Dr. Bami Bastani, President and CEO, Anadigics, Inc.

"ACT: an amalgamation of time-tested wisdom, frameworks, processes, and illustrative cases that provides a must read for both successful companies and those that are in transition. Everything is right here in this Little Red Book, for the CEO down to the managers of companies that need to execute."

—Mas Sakamoto, Vice President, Corporate Planning and Marketing, NEC Corporation of America

"BIG Ideas to BIG Results is a superb handbook for leaders wanting to transform their organizations. With Bob Miles' expert guidance, our company launched a transformation four years ago, and our Drive for Value business model is now embedded in the way we operate."

—Shirley Gaufin, Chief Human Resources Officer, Black & Veatch

"For the past ten years, leader-led techniques have helped us transform Delta TechOps from a cost center to the largest maintenance repair and overhaul center in North America. Mike and Bob make it simple and easy to execute."

—Anthony Charaf, Senior Vice President, TechOps, Delta Air Lines, Inc.

"ACT was employed at the Tour a decade and a half ago to help the new commissioner 'take charge' and most recently to relaunch the Nationwide Tour. It is simple, it gets the job done rapidly, and it can be adapted to any corporate transformation challenge."

—Worth W. Calfee, President, Nationwide Tour of the PGA Tour

"An important reading for any executive who wants to revitalize his/her company, and do it efficiently!"

—Jay W. Lorsch, Louis E. Kirstein Professor of Human Relations, Harvard Business School

"BIG Ideas to BIG Results captures a very simple but powerful methodology for transforming ideas into action. Their recipe for leadership really moves the corporate mountain."

—John Baker, CEO and President, Florida Rock Industries, Inc.

"BIG Ideas to BIG Results shows how to take strategies and connect them with tactics, align an entire organization around a common set of goals, and get everyone bought in. It is the one ingredient most companies miss, and this is the one that helps you win."

—Tony Weiss, Vice President/General Manager, Software, Peripherals, Imaging, Displays, and Dell Direct Retail, Dell, Inc.

"BIG Ideas to BIG Results is chock full of practical tools to get your strategy and operations in synch and moving faster down the track —a 'do more on less' guidebook for every executive."

—Marty Beard, President, Sybase 365

"Want to improve your valuation? Get your ACT in gear. This book is highly recommended reading for executives who understand that higher market values are commanded by those companies that consistently generate big ideas and convert those ideas into big results."

—Michael Gardner, Executive Vice President, Wedbush Morgan Securities

"Having experienced guidance from Mike on his process for strategic transformation in our business unit, I must confess that I am now reconciled with strategic business consultants! This book is a must-read for any executive willing to engage into a reshaping of its organization for a more ambitious future."

—Olivier Le Peuch, President, Schlumberger Information Solutions

"Our executive clients consistently ask for tools, rather than theory, that they can immediately implement in order to execute strategy. BIG Ideas to BIG Results offers a uniquely clear and practical format for confronting and transforming reality with proven results."

—Whitney Hischier, Assistant Dean, Center of Executive Development,
Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley

"BIG Ideas to BIG Results describes a powerful yet simple way for leaders to reposition a company in a highly efficient manner, critical in today's fast-paced, ever-changing, 'flat' world. It produces clear measurable results, energizes and aligns everyone in the organization, and is the only methodology I have experienced where everything you do is an integral part of your job—period!"

—Javed Patel, CEO, Sierra Monolithics

"It's one part strategic focus, one part business operations, one part leadership, and one part employee engagement. Mike and Bob show you the streamlined, simple, and potent recipe for combining these elements to turn your big strategic ideas into real business results."

—Pascal Lenoir, CEO, NagraStar

"BIG Ideas to BIG Results is a must read for every CEO, offering a practical approach to alignment and engagement that will result in unbelievable transformation. This book is easy reading and is full of great case studies that will inspire every person in a business leadership role."

—Carlo Saggese, Vice President of Application Development,
Vistage International—The world's leading chief executive organization

"Kanazawa and Miles provide an easy to relate account of some often paradoxical issues with large corporations. The authors provide sound advice in a book which can be easily read on a long flight."

—Peters Suh, President, Vodafone Asia Pacific Ltd and Vodafone Ventures Ltd

"Mike Kanazawa and Bob Miles lay out a powerful, proven process for leaders at all levels. With a focus on alignment and engaging the entire organization, this book is an excellent resource for leaders who want to drive results."

—Ann Marie Beasley, Vice President, Office of Strategy Management, Symantec Corporation

"This is a must-have handbook for any leader guiding an organization through strategic change. It provides practical insights that ensure the entire organization understands its role in fulfilling the strategic aims of the business. Too many transformational frameworks rely on a top-down approach; this book helps you ensure all the oars are in the water and rowing together."

—Matt DiMaria, Chief Marketing Officer, Sonic Solutions

"I love the topic the book is addressing. Its approach simplifies the recipe for success for any business, large or small, private or public, from the aspect of making ideas produce results. Too often, we as corporate executives go out of our way to complicate the planning and implementation process. It is obvious that the authors have witnessed this tragedy over and over, as their writing is filled with practical examples of 'how-to' bridge ineffective scenarios to become high-performing environments."

—Esther de Wolde, CEO, Phantom Screens

"Whether your organization numbers 10 or 10,000, you owe it to yourself and your team to read this book! The proven process will enable you to refocus your organization, implement lasting change, and produce sustained superior results."

—Rob Koteskey, airline captain, naval officer, and team performance consultant

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