The 2,000 Percent Solution: Free Your Organization from "Stalled" Thinking to Achieve Exponential Success

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Organizations, like people, are creatures of habit. They tend to approach problems in predictable ways. This revolutionary book argues that such ingrained habits, which often masquerade as efficient procedures, actually obstruct growth.The 2,000 Percent Solution introduces "stall busting," a process that shows you how to recognize typical stalls (like poor communications, disbelief, misconceptions, procrastination, tradition and bureaucracy) and how to overcome them.Through unorthodox examples ranging from the sinking of the Titanic to sketches attributed to Leonardo da Vinci for a bicycle, The 2,000 Percent Solution redirects knee-jerk reactions onto more productive paths. In addition, you'll learn about a new set of thought processes for designing and implementing solutions that will reap benefits 20 times greater or faster than the same tired "normal" solutions. Packed with specific examples, advice and questions to help you improve your organization's process weaknesses, you'll learn how to go beyond today's best practices into the uncharted realm of what needs to be imagined and accomplished.Since the first printing of this book in 1999, organizations all over the world have made The 2,000 Percent Solution a daily resource for overcoming the dual challenges of tough competitors and a difficult business environment. We are particularly pleased that the book has become popular in the rapidly growing and changing markets of China. Readers say the advice and examples are as timely today as when the book was first published. We look forward to hearing your comments and questions at mitchell@mitchellandco.com.

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"An exciting book that rightly focuses on the enormous benefits that can stem from truly radical thinking about any business. Its greatest strength is the hundreds of engaging, real-life stories that illustrate the authors' principles." -- C. Michael Armstrong, Chairman and CEO, AT&T Corporation

"In calling attention to the basic breakdowns or 'stalls' that can, and have, afflicted so many organizations, THE 2,000 PERCENT SOLUTION offers a visionary yet commonsense way to be a victor rather than a victim in today's rapidly evolving world." -- Norman R. Augustine, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Lockheed Martin Corporation

"Organizations fall behind when they stand still. Many achieve perpetual motion only to find that they've been running in circles. THE 2,000 PERCENT SOLUTION is a blueprint for managers seeking to harness the energy of the organization and transform it into forward progress with growth momentum. It offers clear thinking that can help make your organization a bigger winner." -- James M. Kilts, President and CEO, Nabisco

"Drawing on a wealth of examples from history, business, sports, and entertainment, THE 2,000 PERCENT SOLUTION applies rigorous thinking to important issues that impede the growth and progress of organizations. The result is a series of practical recommendations of ways leaders can accomplish much more and improve the success of their organizations dramatically." -- Robert C. Clark, Dean, Harvard Law School

"A much-needed paradigm for unlocking hidden potential. The organization that demonstrates an unswerving commitment to THE 2,000 PERCENT SOLUTION will be well-positioned to consistently deliver exponential success rather than small, insignificant change." -- Charles A. Phillips, President and CEO, United Distillers & Vintners, North America

"If you ask yourself and your company just half of the questions suggested in this book, maybe just one-quarter of them, you will be vastly better prepared for the 21st century." -- Walter Kiechel III, Former Managing Editor, Fortune Magazine

"A colorful look at how we can be our own worst enemy, and best friend, in business." -- Dr. Kenneth L. Lay, Chairman and CEO, ENRON Corporation

"At last a practical way to focus the organization on being a winner and individuals on doing what's right for the business the first time . . . rather than waiting around to be asked, basking in the past." -- Orin R. Smith, Chairman and CEO, Engelhard Corporation

"Buy and read THE 2,000 PERCENT SOLUTION, and you'll have the winner's edge for your organization and your career." -- Glenn Schaeffer, President, Mandalay Resort Group

"It's easy for individuals to get caught up in the grind of daily business, and for organizations to find themselves trapped by ineffective practices. But 'business as usual' assumes that the way things are is the way they must be. THE 2,000 PERCENT SOLUTION provides a valuable service, demonstrating the importance of outside-the-box thinking as well as providing practical suggestions that can make a difference in both personal and organizational effectiveness." -- Robert B. Catell, Chairman and CEO, KeySpan Energy

"Ever since the early days of DIRECTORS & BOARDS, we have drawn on Don Mitchell's wisdom for enhancing the knowledge and wealth of our audience. Readers of THE 2,000 PERCENT SOLUTION can count on a quantum jump in their business and personal effectiveness." -- Dr. Robert Rock, Chairman and Publisher, Directors & Boards

About the Author:

Donald Mitchell is chairman and Carol Coles is president of Mitchell and Company, a corporate strategy firm they co-founded in 1977 based in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Robert Metz is a former ?Market Place? columnist of The New York Times and author of CBS: Reflections in a Bloodshot Eye.

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Book Description iUniverse. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. 282 pages. BOOKNEWS Argues that ingrained habits in organizations, often masquerading as efficient procedures, actually stall growth, and shows how to recognize typical stalls and overcome them. Uses unorthodox examples, ranging from the Titanic to da Vincis bicycles, to examine common stalls, and gives direction for dealing with these causes of organizational inertia and inefficiency. -- BookNewsCOMPUTERWORLD, February 1, 1999 The authors tackle stalled thinking . . . Tradition, Disbelief, Misconception, Unattractiveness, Bureaucratic, Communication and Procrastination. Any information technology manager is likely to recognize all of these. Chapters 9 through 16 identify stallbusters -- seven steps for overcoming these problems. Chapter 9 is an excellent source for overcoming ones own stalls. The book is enlivened with brief vignettes incorporating historical examples. -- ComputerWorld, February 1, 1999Donald Frey (former Chairman and CEO of Bell and Howell) in DIRECTORS and BOARDS, Volume 23 2 Winter 1999 THE 2, 000 PERCENT SOLUTION is a brightly written, well organized, enjoyable and instructive book on how to revive companies that have stalled out (not growing, with shrinking market share and profits). The title refers to the exponential improvement that can be gained by getting companies out of a stall . . . I strongly recommend the book. Any managerial, and many non-managerial, members of large companies will identify with much of the book. Their world will be mirrored in any number of its pages. I hope that reading the book will motivate such people in our too-many stalled companies to stop the slow leaks. . . . -- Donald FreyTHE WASHINGTON TIMES, March 29, 1999 Are you procrastinating . . . The authors . . . have a handle on the issue of complacency . . . The authors provide a clear and concise look at the many road blocks that good ideas must overcome in most companies. By identifying and offering other directions, they show how companies can avoid these blocks and find some other roads to travel. -- The Washington Times, March 29, 1999Thomas Brown (Editor) MANAGEMENT GENERAL, August 1, 1999 This book is nominated to be one of the 10 best business books of 1999. Stretch goals! How many times have you either heard or spoken those words The phrase is so often spoken that it has unfortunately become a clich. Along come three authors who obviously not only believe in stretch goals but have built a kind of science around them. They begin their book by suggesting that a great number of us are in a stall, which is a polite way of saying stuck in the status quo. No argument there, from perhaps just about all readers; few people believe their organizations are driving at 100 throttle, let alone 2000! So, quickly, the authors assert that you, personally, can do something about this: Shoot for the Moon When It Counts is their advice. Then they go, chapter by chapter, enumerating those myriad places where individuals (just like you) and teams (just like yours) get stuck: in traditions, in disbelief, in misconception, in communications, in bureaucracy, in procrastination. Less kind reviewers might say, Yawn! to such a list of basics; yet, taken as a whole, this book is verbal dynamite. The authors repeated insistence that there isnt even one area of organizational life that cant be turbocharged by upping the gain on the goals amplifier makes for a great book. Their last paragraph is worthy of framing; it says, in part: We must each evolve into self-actualized individuals, who can recognize stalls and the stall mind-set, both personal and corporate, and then guide companies and organizations to overcome specific stalls to become self-actualized. Mitchell, Coles, and Metz are now experts in stretch-goaling (or stall busting); their book is a testament to the fact that, with just a little effort, you can be an expert This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9780595291137

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