Leading the High Energy Culture March 5, 2012Posted by McGraw-Hill Education (Asia) in Leadership.
Tags: bureaucracy, business performance, Business Strategy, competitive advantage, Corporate Culture, Culture, efficiency, efficient, evaluation, goal, groupthink, human resources, Leadership, loyalty, manage, management, manager, method, mission, morale, Motivation, objective, organizational culture, performance, procedure, process, production, protocol, recruiting, retention, technique, Values, vision
Leaders and managers today are experiencing an “energy crisis” resulting from the failure to engage and inspire their people. Yet, a handful of leaders have found an endless supply of energy to fuel their organizations. They’re the ones who attract the top talent, the most loyal customers, and the public’s imagination. They’re leaders like Zappos’s Tony Hsieh and the late Steve Jobs, who’ve built cultures energized at every level to innovate, grow, and succeed. Leading the High-Energy Culture: What the Best CEOs Do to Create an Atmosphere Where Employees Flourish is the handbook to powering this kind of workplace with the energy that your workforce already possesses.
A change this big starts at the top. David Casullo, a leadership authority and strategic consultant to businesses large and small, explains the steps for establishing an authentic leadership presence based on your powerful personal truths. Then he shares the secrets for how to communicate your vision in order to create a sense of purpose throughout your organization and beyond, thereby spreading excitement to consumers, investors, and the media. Using his own experience, research, and demonstrated results from the leadership development program that he developed while helping transform Raymour & Flanigan from a small regional company to a billion-dollar furniture retail giant, Casullo outlines the specific steps that let you discover and unlock the latent energy in your team.
Casullo organizes these practices into 10 simple principles, each illustrated and reinforced with firsthand client interviews; real-world examples from businesses such as Ford, FedEx, and GE; and thought-provoking interactive exercises. These principles illuminate the path to creating real employee engagement by giving you an actionable model to:
- Learn what matters to your organization and its people, and align your leadership strategy with these truths
- Communicate clearly, with purpose and passion, to create a resonant message
- Find the leaders in your workforce who give your organization a competitive advantage
Leading the High-Energy Culture uses methods proven to generate results. Beyond the bottom line, however, it will reignite your own commitment and passion by giving you a fresh perspective on how to become an energized leader of a charged-up organization.
Praise for Leading the High-Energy Culture
“If you’re looking for a step-by-step guide on how to become a high-energy leader, you’ve found it here!”
–Tom Croston, Vice President/General Manager of Corporate Shared Services, Gap, Inc.
“Whether its business, sports, or even parenting, successful leaders share one thing in common–high energy! David is right; it can be developed. I find it unique for someone to identify the truly key elements of leadership. David has done this in a way that fosters success in these endeavors as well as those of family, church, and community.”
–Pat Williams, Senior Vice President, Orlando Magic, and author of Leadership Excellence
“Jack Welch identified ‘energy’ as one of the critical characteristics he looked for in effective leaders but never talked about how they develop it. David Casullo’s book provides the road map for how to harness your own energy while energizing those around you. Every leader can increase their effectiveness by implementing the ideas he presents.”
–Patrick M. Wright, William J. Conaty GE Professor of Strategic Human Resources in the ILR School (Industrial and Labor Relations), Cornell University
“A clear path to creating an organizational culture where leaders are the constant source of energy that feeds a competitive advantage.”
–Matt Holt, Vice President Human Resources, Dot Foods, Inc.
“This exciting book is insightful and timely, and my enthusiasm for its message is ringing and sincere. [It's] a must-read for all those who are serious about leading companies to successful outcomes.”
–Robert A. Gough, Jr., Ph.D., President and CEO, G-enovation
About the Author
David Casullo (Boston, MA) experience as a successful business leader and entrepreneur has won him credibility with executive leaders both in C-suites as well as among emerging leaders in key roles inside numerous organizations. Currently President of Bates Communications, a strategic consulting firm specializing in leadership development and communication skills, he previously served as a Senior Vice President for Raymour & Flanigan, now a mega-retailer headquartered in Liverpool, New York. His ten years of leadership there grew Raymour & Flanigan from a modest one-store outlet in upstate New York to a billion-dollar giant. R&F is now the largest furniture retailer operating in the Northeast and among the fastest growing (still!) in the entire country. With nearly 100 retail outlets in seven Northeast states, and 4,300 high-energy associates employed company-wide, Raymour & Flanigan leads the pack. In his role at Bates Communications, he consults privately with C-Suite Clients at companies that include J&J, Taytheon, Dow Chemical, Dunkin Brands, Macy’s, Merck, and more.
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Breaking Away March 7, 2011Posted by McGraw-Hill Education (Asia) in Management & Organization.
Tags: Black Swan, Blue Ocean Strategy, brand extension, brands, breakthrough, Business, Christensen, corporations, Disruptive Innovation, Good to Great, Innovator's Guide to Growth, Jim Collins, Leadership, management, Organization, products, recruiting, service, service innovation, The Future of Management
How Great Leaders Create Innovation that Drives Sustainable Growth–and Why Others Fail
Authors: Jane Stevenson, Bilal Kaafarani
ISBN: 9780071753944 / 007175394X
©2011 | 1st Edition | 304 pages | Hardback
Pub Date: FEB-11
Price: US$ 30.00
Based on a research study and analysis of successful companies around the world, a blueprint for leaders on how to embed innovation into every facet of their business – the only clear path to achieve growth and drive shareholder value.
While bestselling books such as Gary Hamel’s The Future of Management focus on a piece of the innovation and leadership puzzle, Breaking Away is one of the first books to bridge the gap between leadership and innovation, providing a framework for understanding innovation, leading innovation, and activating it for sustainable growth. Good to Great provided a framework of management that did not exist previously, and now Breaking Away does the same for innovation leadership – creating a blueprint and mechanism to talk about and distinguish between different levels of innovation and their impact on companies.
Breaking Away reveals what it takes to create breakthrough innovations and the leaders who champion them – the combination that must be found in order to achieve sustainable growth and drive shareholder value. All organizations are looking to develop and embed innovation and this book provides a framework that leaders can use to ensure success. The big payoff is that innovation is only REAL when it is commercially successful, and that means the innovation must be: efficient to produce, available and desired, and profitable for the company. This can only happen consistently by creating a nurturing environment that opens the door to a wealth of ideas. By activating your workforce with ownership and clear priorities, leaders can engage the marketplace and bring it all home.
The book is chock full of case studies and original interviews from leading global companies – Burberry, Mastercard, Adobe, Nestle, GE, HP, Nintendo, Kraft to name a few. You’ll hear how Ford beat Toyota to the hybrid and why everyone thinks the Japanese company got there first. You’ll take an inside look at the GE Innovation Center and share their excitement over research that could change the face of cancer treatment. You will even walk in the shoes of a self-professed snackaholic who grew Lesser Evil Snacks 697% in less than five years and is currently revolutionizing the balance bar company. Their stories will entertain, teach, and make you think.
Innovation Leaders Praise Breaking Away
“Finally, innovation in a framework that is clear, insightful and easy to put into practice. This is a must read.”
—Angela Ahrendts, Chief Executive Officer, Burberry
“Breaking Away has a clear and important message: that innovation—the dogged pursuit of new solutions to old problems—is often the defining feature of a successful endeavor, be it a research project, a corporation or a society.”
—Dean Kamen, CEO, DEKA, inventor of the heart stent, the Segway, and many other transformational innovations
“Using case studies and real examples, Jane Stevenson and Bilal Kaafarani uncover the missing ingredient in innovation—getting the most from your people. This book shows you how companies can excel.”
—Joel Kurtzman, Milken Institute and Wharton’s SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management
“Innovation requires top leadership with courage and passion to win. With its four levels of innovation. Breaking Away provides a great road map for success. A must read for any executive.”
—Denise Morrison, Board Member, COO and CEO Elect, The Campbell Soup Company
“A fabulous read! Breaking Away artfully defines innovation and clarifies the critical role leadership plays in nurturing the right culture for innovation and growth.”
—Marco Jesi, Chairman of the Board, Limoni Profumerie S.P.A.
“At last, a book that captures the critical role leadership plays in enabling a culture where innovation is stimulated, valued, supported and celebrated. The authors have gone deep to understand what the best CEO’s do to develop continuous innovation as a competitive edge. Breaking Away gives us a clear framework to make that happen in every organization.”
—Cynthia McCague, Board of Directors, Monster.com and former SVP Human Resources, The Coca-Cola Company
”Stevenson and Kaafarani ‘break away’ from traditional thinking to converge on a powerful thesis that will forever change how we view innovation.”
—Judith Glaser, CEO Benchmark Communications, Inc, and the bestselling author of Creating We and DNA of Leadership
“A how-to guide on inspiring a culture of innovation in your workplace.”
—CIO Insight’s Best Business Books for 2011
About the Authors
Jane Edison Stevenson, (Atlanta, GA), is a Vice Chairman, Board & CEO Services in Korn/Ferry International’s Atlanta office. She is an industry expert on recruiting leaders of growth and innovation. A pioneer in the field, Jane was responsible for bringing in many of the first Chief Innovation Officers and CEO’s who focused on growth through innovation. Evangelical in her belief that sustainable growth is this generation’s business imperative, Jane is a marquee brand in her industry and was acknowledged by Business Weeks’ “100 Most Influential Search Consultants in the World” for the past two years. Jane is known for her strong global relationships in Fortune 500 C-suites and among board of directors. She is an accomplished public speaker and is frequently consulted by Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal to discuss trends and issues relating to innovation and general management. As an innovative leader in her own right, Jane is the architect of a number of ground breaking product offerings for boards and top executives, including Korn/Ferry’s C-Suite Succession offering. Jane joined Korn/Ferry from Heidrick & Struggles, here she served on the management committee for many years and founded and led the firm’s venture capital and global marketing, sales and strategy officers practices. She was a founding member and is currently on the board of the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation.
Bilal Kaafarani (Atlanta, GA) has held positions as global innovation executive from P&G, Kraft, and FritoLay, and is currently an officer of The Coca-Cola Company. Bilal has experienced what is written about in Breaking Away first hand. After his arrival, Coca-Cola was listed in BusinessWeek’s 2009 Top 25 Companies for Innovation for the first time in its history. Bilal was also honored by BusinessWeek as one of the world’s Top 25 Masters of Innovation. He has had the unique opportunity to work with some of the best brands in the world, and to experience the benefits and liabilities of many leadership styles and environments. Innovation platforms developed under Bilal’s leadership include: Coca-Cola’s groundbreaking Freestyle fountain drink equipment, Glaceau’s international expansion of Vitamin Water, Minute Maid Supermilky Pulpy, Simply Orange’s new range of juice product offerings, Frito Lay’s transition from highly saturated fats (palmoline) to high oleic oils (sunflower) for Lays, Cheetos, Doritos, and Ruffles; the development of Sensations, Artesana and Sun Chips, as well as Marketplace Innovations on brands such as Kraft Natural Cheese, Jell-O, TANG, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Toblerone, Milka and Altoids, and the acclaimed Category Innovation platform that resulted in a wide range of highly successful fat free products under the label of “Kraft Free”. Bilal was inducted into the “Hall of Fame” for Wayne State University’s College of Engineering in 2008. In addition to his academic achievements, he holds patents for a number of breakthrough food sector technologies.
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