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Leadership in Action: Learning by Design: Developing an Engine for Transforming Your Company by Magnus Finnström, Michael Beer

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FINDING SUCCESS

To date, Cardo has run the EMP twice, and sixty-two managers have participated so far. In terms of both the financial impact and the strategic payoff for the company, the program has been a resounding and immediate success. Based on the quantifiable results achieved through the breakthrough projects, the first program delivered a tenfold return on program costs; the second, a return of twenty-four times the costs. Amid the economic downturn, many of the projects have focused on freeing up working capital. As a result, though volumes are down, Cardo is enjoying increased margins and strong cash flow.

The financial return on investment is driven by a change in behavior and culture. “Among the participants we see increased collaboration ...

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