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The GE Work-Out by Ron Ashkenas, Steve Kerr, David Ulrich

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Is Your Organization Ready for Work-Out?

When and Where to Start

IN OUR VIEW, every organization of more than a dozen or so people can benefit from Work-Out in some way. That means there’s probably something Work-Out can do for you right now. But where do you start? How do you get moving?

As we have described elsewhere, even GE, after 10 years of Work-Out experience and several years of intense focus on the Six Sigma process, reinstituted a Work-Out blitz across the entire company in the year 2000. The reason? Bureaucracy keeps coming back, like weeds in the garden. Walls between functions and levels are always hardening, like drying cement. ...

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