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3.00037622272385 out of 53.00037622272385 out of 53.00037622272385 out of 53.00037622272385 out of 53.00037622272385 out of 5 3.00 (5,316 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan Narrator: Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2002 ISBN: 9780739301562
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The book 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, a man with few peers who has a track record for delivering results. Ram Charan is a legendary advisor 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 the one book on how to close the gap between results promised and results delivered that people in business need today.

After a long, stellar career with General Electric, Larry Bossidy transformed AlliedSignal into one of the world’s most admired companies and was named CEO of the year in 1998 by Chief Executive magazine. Accomplishments such as 31 consecutive quarters of earnings-per-share growth of 13 percent or more didn’t just happen; they resulted from the consistent practice of the discipline of execution: 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.

Putting an execution culture in place is hard, but losing it is easy. In July 2001 Larry Bossidy was asked by the board of directors of Honeywell International (it had merged with AlliedSignal) to return and get the company back on track. He’s been putting the ideas he writes about in Execution to work in real time. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • If you want to be a CEO—or if you are a CEO and want to keep your job—read Execution and put its principles to work. Michael Dell, chairman and CEO, Dell Computer Corp.
  • Good practical insight and advice on managing for results at firms of any size. Execution is key, and this book clearly explains what it means and how it brings together the critical elements of any organization—its people, strategies, and operations. L. R. Raymond, chairman and CEO, Exxon Mobil
  • The best-thought-out plans in the world aren’t worth the paper they’re written on if you can’t pull them off. And that’s what this book is all about. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done is well written and gives sound, practical advice about how to make things happen. It is well worth the reading. Ralph S. Larsen, chairman and CEO, Johnson & Johnson
  • Larry Bossidy recognizes how execution in a business defines the true greatness of a company. He captures a lifetime of building winning formulas and puts them in a simple and practical context for executives at any level. Read it! Ivan Seidenberg, president and co–chief executive officer, Verizon
  • For those managers who have struggled to make it happen, fix a problem, get it done—or otherwise transform winning strategies into genuine results—here’s the missing medicine from two who know from long experience what works and what doesn’t. Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan offer a compelling leadership prescription, and it comes down to realism, discipline, and above all, great execution. Michael Useem, professor of management and director of the Center for Leadership and Change, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan define the true meaning of leadership from an implementation point of view. Larry is the expert on productivity in the world of business, and this book demonstrates how leadership is the key to achieving ongoing financial success. Richard Schroeder, cofounder of Six Sigma Academy

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey Thomas | 2/20/2014

    " Just re-read this. Very useful for corproate planning processes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/27/2014

    " Definitely geared toward executives, but good management lessons for all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John De Leon | 1/26/2014

    " Advises on collaboration, execution and accountability. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/14/2014

    " Very good. This book is about getting things done. The authors punctuate their concepts with real world examples from actual businesses. I highly recommend the audio as a companion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan | 1/12/2014

    " Must read for everyone in business or non-profit organizations - indispensable knowledge for all leaders "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine Long | 1/12/2014

    " Charan's book includes a myrid of stories and examples of failures and trumphs of American companies. The content is very dry with a simple message. Hire strong qualified people and a formulate a clear vision and your company/organization will suceed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edwin B | 12/30/2013

    " I got from this book that it's all about being clear with my workmates what is to be done now, today. It furnished me a perspective on how to be grounded at work to get things done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Lovejoy | 12/26/2013

    " I first heard about this book from Tyler Norton who told us about it when he taught our Esperanza board about strategies. Then I read about it again when I recently read the book, Charter School Board University. It is an excellent book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Goodwin | 12/8/2013

    " Dated. But still applicable. How to get things done and accomplished. Great steps and processes shared. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Luna | 12/5/2013

    " Normal business books. First 3 chapters were good and then it was basically a textbook in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 5/8/2013

    " Great read. Very helpful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 3/21/2013

    " Dense with advice on how to be effective in the business world. Complementary to "Good to Great" in the emphasis on the right people and developing their skills and talents. Too bad this sort of discipline isn't followed too often. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Travis | 3/2/2013

    " It failed to execute. I could not finish the book. I could not listen to more than one CD. I got so tired of hearing execution is about getting this done. They seemed to refuse to want to tell you how to get things done. They could not execute on their point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy Sewell | 2/9/2013

    " If you can't figure out why your organization continues to fail despite being well financed and full of talent, read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexa | 11/29/2012

    " REad for work leadership conference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita Griffin | 7/31/2012

    " Great book and is also available as a talking book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Grant | 6/28/2012

    " A should-read book on execution for knowledge workers, managers, executives, and entrepreneurs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 3/10/2012

    " I loved this book. It was simply fantastic and laid out a number of important points in regards to follow through. I have recommended this book to a number of clients I have worked with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael O'Loughlin | 3/7/2012

    " This book came to me at the right time. I am tired about people talking about doing things but never executing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 10/25/2011

    " read it to get inspired..really got a ton from it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Konrad | 8/25/2011

    " Well presented as an audio book. Listened to this because one of the author was former CEO of the company I currently work for. Good leaders need to execute well on three key processes: People, Strategy and Operations. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abbey | 8/20/2011

    " Did not bother finishing it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug Jakway | 5/22/2011

    " While parts were interesting, I found the material dated and dull. I little too much praise on certain business leaders, yet short on innovative ideas. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Francis | 5/21/2011

    " well done, validation that having a good idea for something is only 10% of the solution the other 90% is what you can actually get done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 4/13/2011

    " Makes me think I should write a book for as inspiring as this one was. Not!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 2/24/2011

    " Good, but not a great business book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suresh | 12/30/2010

    " Good book on execution. Core is hire good people, set clear targets, follow through and train them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Radovan | 11/24/2010

    " Very good summary of proven execution practices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 9/8/2010

    " This book came to me at the right time. I am tired about people talking about doing things but never executing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 8/18/2010

    " This is a Jack Welch book that speaks to working in a larger organization and managing it. Listen to it as a BOT. A little dry.

    Not applicable to what I do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sima | 4/18/2010

    " It's a good skim. Feels like a business school course with case studies. Some themes stuck more than others. I think it's best read with experience that that can frame the studies presented. Def a read that will provide more as time goes on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 2/19/2010

    " Lord, that book was a pain... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/17/2009

    " How do you link your strategy to your people and operations process?

    The habits of effective managers were helpful.

    I found the examples an illustrations to be very centered around corporate situations and were confusing to someone ike myself with no corporate context. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 12/7/2009

    " Just re-read this. Very useful for corproate planning processes. "

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About the Author
Larry Bossidy is chairman and former CEO of Honeywell International, a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader. Earlier in his career he was chairman and CEO of AlliedSignal, chief operating officer of General Electric Credit (now GE Capital Corporation), executive vice president and president of GE’s Services and Materials Sector, and vice chairman of GE.
About the Narrators
Ram Charan is the coauthor of the bestseller Execution and the author of What the CEO Wants You to Know and many other books. What people throughout the business world acclaim are Dr. Charan’s practicality and the value he provides in helping them solve business problems. There are no high-falutin’ theories that have people scratching their heads and saying, “Wow, that’s really interesting, but what do I do Monday morning”? For Ram, the Monday-morning application of his ideas is the entire ball game and the reason why his teaching is valued at companies like General Electric, DuPont, Verizon, The Home Depot, KLM, Thomson Corporation, and many others.

John Bedford Lloyd, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing. A critically acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, his voice work includes reading for such authors as Michael Crichton, Nicholas Sparks, Paul Doiron, and Atul Gawande, among others.