Is Silence Killing Your Strategy?
In his thirty years of working in corporations, Harvard Business School professor Michael Beer has witnessed firsthand how organizational silence derails strategic objectives. When employees can't speak truth to power, senior leaders don't hear what they need to hear about their company's fitness to compete, and employees lose trust in those leaders and become less committed to change.
In Fit to Compete, Beer presents an antidote to silence--principles and a time-tested innovative process for holding honest conversations with everyone in your organization. Used by over eight hundred organizations across the globe, the strategic fitness process has helped leaders in a diverse range of industries--including medical technology, information technology, banking, restaurant chains, and pharmaceuticals--hear the raw but necessary truth about the sources of misalignment between their strategies and their organizations.
In addition to step-by-step instructions, Beer offers detailed and illustrative case studies of companies that have conducted honest conversations to great effect. He also shows how to apply the process more broadly to a variety of strategic challenges and at multiple levels throughout the organization.
Practical, enlightening, and comprehensive, Fit to Compete is the book you should turn to if you to want create winning strategies that your entire company will rally behind.
Table of contents
- Series Page
- Title Page
- Author’s Note
- Introduction: Why Your Strategy Needs an Honest Conversation
- Part One: The Power of Honest Conversations
- Part Two: Honest Conversations in Action
- Part Three: What If Honest Conversations Were the Norm?
- Appendix A: Nine Steps of the Strategic Fitness Process
- Appendix B: Research Purpose and Methods
- Appendix C: Questionnaire for Assessing Your Own Organization’s Silent Killers
- About the Author
- Title: Fit to Compete
- Release date: January 2020
- Publisher(s): Harvard Business Review Press
- ISBN: 9781633692312
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