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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Hammer, Lisa W. Hershman Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781400188598
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The rough patch we have had for the past several years is only going to continue. Michael Hammer’s brilliance was especially acute during tough times when people in business had to hunker down and just be plain better than the competition. His focus was on the nuts-and-bolts of how work actually gets done, showing people how to transform a business by improving the way it is run—whether it’s a factory or a software company. While he worked with CEOs, much of his life was spent two and three levels down, with people who run refineries, develop new pharmaceuticals, make the packaging for food products, market financial services, deliver health care, or develop software. Hammer’s mantra was, “My job isn’t to tell people what business they should be in; that’s up to them. I simply tell them how to do it best—whether it’s something as complex as software or as simple as widgets, and that means doing it differently.”

The central problem Hammer saw is that despite good intentions, companies don’t perform at the levels they need to because the way they do things is screwed up. This audiobook is a toolkit for how to do things right, providing its listeners with the skills to make deep and fundamental changes in how companies do their work.

Given the range of people and the types of companies Hammer worked with, Faster Cheaper Better will benefit a wide range of people. It includes those at the top as well as middle managers and business professionals. Its focus on operations and process make it the ideal book not only for those who run a factory, refinery, or the customer service operation of a bank, but also people and companies engaged in creative activities—such as book publishers, software companies, and pharmaceutical firms.

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  • “Easy to read, down-to-earth, and filled with nuggets of practical business wisdom, this eye-opening work is imminently applicable for business owners, leaders, and managers at all levels.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Michael Hammer (1948–2008) was the leading exponent of the concept of reengineering, a management author, and a professor of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was named by BusinessWeek as one of the four preeminent management gurus of the 1990s and by Time as one of America’s 25 Most Influential Individuals. 

About the Narrator

George K. Wilson is a working actor in stage, film, television, and commercials with almost one hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television’s One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voice-overs for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show, as well as many television and radio commercials.