The Self-Destructive Habits of Good Companies: ...And How to Break Them (Paperback)
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The Self-Destructive Habits of Good Companies: ...And How to Break Them (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 15/09/2009
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Why do so many good companies engage in self-destructive behavior? This book identifies seven dangerous habits even well-run companies fall victim to-and helps you diagnose and break these habits before they destroy you. Through case studies from some of yesterday's most widely praised corporate icons, you'll learn how companies slip into "addiction" and slide off the rails...why some never turn around...and how others achieve powerful turnarounds, moving on to unprecedented levels of success. You'll learn how an obsession with volume leads inexorably to rising costs and falling margins...how companies fall victim to denial, myth, ritual, and orthodoxy... how they start wasting vital energy on culture confl ict and turf wars...how they blind themselves to emerging competition...how they become arrogant, complacent, and far too dependent on their traditional competences. Most important, you'll find specific, detailed techniques for "curing"-or, better yet, preventing-every one of these self-destructive habits.

The "cocoon" of denial
Find it, admit it, assess it, and escape it The stigma of arrogance
Escape this fault that "breeds in a dark, closed room" The virus of complacency
Six warning signs and five solutions The curse of incumbency
Stop your core competencies from blinding you to new opportunities The threat of myopia
Widen your view of your competitors-and the dangers they pose The obsession of volume
Get beyond "rising volumes and shrinking margins" The territorial impulse
Break down the silos, factions, fiefdoms, and ivory towers

Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
ISBN: 9780136117414
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 18 mm


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"This book will help every manager who thinks they are doing just fine. Bad habits can creep up on a company until they sap its effectiveness and destroy its profitability. This is the right check list to make sure you are not crippling your own company."

--Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives

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