The book is about the remarkable turn around of IBM in the 1990’s. In a nutshell, the mega large computer firm was going down the pan until Gerstner's arrival as the new leader.
I have been promising myself I must read this book for a couple of years and it is still on my ‘must be read' file ...... which gets bigger each passing week!
Peter Duncan, Vice President of Center for Simplified Strategy reviews the book at this link
I just love the following practical tips about simplified strategic planning that are taken from Gerstner’s book.
Thank you Peter for the review and amen to Mr Gerstner’s vision of simplicity and pragmatism.
These tips are things all large organisations can do if the leadership allows and I would argue all are based on simplicity.
- Lack of focus is the most common cause of mediocrity
- A successful, focused enterprise is one that has developed a deep understanding of its customer's needs, its competitive environment, and its economic realities.
- This comprehensive analysis must form the basis for specific strategies that are translated into day-to-day execution.
- True intelligence (not biased or wishful thinking) wins wars
- Allocating resources is where strategy becomes action
- Strategy can only take you so far...in the end it comes down to leadership and execution to achieve results
- Superb execution comes when strategy is simple and crystal clear and the organization has its values and commitments aligned with that strategy.
- Leadership is critical and it takes passion and integrity to do it well.
My question - if we know it makes sense why don't we do it?
My answer - lack of passion, vision, integrity and leadership at the top.
But of course you may not agree .........