• by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan
  • Narrated by John Bedford Lloyd
  • 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The audio that shows how to get the job done and deliver results...whether you're running an entire company or in your first management job.Larry Bossidy is one of the world's most acclaimed CEOs, with a track record for delivering results. Ram Charan is a legendary adviser to senior executives and boards of directors, a man with unparalleled insight into why some companies are successful and others are not. Together they've pooled their knowledge and experience into one guide on how to close the gap between results promised and results delivered.The discipline of execution means understanding how to link together people, strategy, and operations, the three core processes of every business. Leading these processes is the real job of running a business, not formulating a "vision" and leaving the work of carrying it out to others. Bossidy and Charan show the importance of being deeply and passionately engaged in an organization and why robust dialogues about people, strategy, and operations result in a business based on intellectual honesty and realism.The leader's most important job - selecting and appraising people - is one that should never be delegated. As a CEO, Larry Bossidy personally makes the calls to check references for key hires. Why? With the right people in the right jobs, there's a leadership gene pool that conceives and selects strategies that can be executed. People then work together to create a strategy building block by building block, a strategy in sync with the realities of the marketplace, the economy, and the competition. Once the right people and strategy are in place, they are then linked to an operating process that results in the implementation of specific programs and actions and that assigns accountability. This kind of effective operating process goes way beyond the typical budget exercise that looks into a rearview mirror to set its goals. It puts reality behind the numbers and is where the rubber meets the road.


What the Critics Say

"A terrific book that will make smart managers rethink how business gets done within every level of their organization or department." (Publishers Weekly)
"A great practitioner and an insightful theorist join forces to write a compelling business story of 'how to get it done.'" (Jack Welch)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent book on the art of getting things done

Enjoyed listening to the chapters of this book. Well narrated using real case studies. It would certainly add value to those are interested in finding a structured way of execution right from strategy setting to managing performance during and after execution.
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- Moosa

Sound principles albeit with dated examples

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The basic premise is one of companies that thrive do so because they are able to execute outcomes better. This is sound in itself.

What did you like best about this story?

Talks about the 3 interlinking parts of execution, which is the strategy process, the people process and the operations process. I liked how the three fit each other and how the should ideally reinforce one another for best effect.

Have you listened to any of John Bedford Lloyd’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first one of John that I have heard. He was really good. The books also had inputs from Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan. Sadly Ram's voice was not the easiest to follow.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This is a business book so not going to be moved by it. However I really enjoyed the letter to a new leader at the end.

Any additional comments?

Overall a good however most of the examples where from the late 90s and early 2000s. Would have liked to have had some new examples.

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- Suranjan Ghosh

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-06-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio