Book The art of action : how leaders close the gaps between plans, actions and results / Stephen Bungay.
Publication year: 2011.
Call Number HD57.7 .B85 2011
Media class: Book
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: London ;Boston : Nicholas Brealey
ISBN: 9781857885590 1857885597
Extent: xiv, 289 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
"Executing strategy is an enduring management problem. There is often a significant gap between what managers plan, what they do and the outcomes they achieve. In The art of action, Stephen Bungay finds a fresh approach and effective solutions from an unexpected source -- the nineteenth-century Prussian Army, famous for its agility and grounded in the initiative of its highly empowered junior officers at the operational level of war. He describes how these tactics were subsequently adopted by the British army, and explores in detail how they can be applied in the business arena. Drawing on his experience as a senior manager, business consultant and as one of the UK's best-respected military historians, he offers readers a ... guide to building better and more effective organisations"--Publisher's web site.
The problem : what do you want me to do? -- The cause : the three gaps -- Elements of a solution : directed opportunism -- The knowledge gap : what and why -- The alignment gap : briefing and backbriefing -- The effects gap : independent thinking obedience -- Leadership that works : from common sense to common practice.