Simply Effective

How to Cut Through Complexity in Your Organization and Get Things Done
CD - unabridged
Audio (5 discs)
Product Number: BN10297
Released: Jul 19, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781531836184
Narrator/s: Jeffrey Schmidt
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Description

"At a time when efficiency and productivity at work are more critical than ever, many managers feel like they're working harder and getting less done. Between meetings and reports, e-mails and voice mails, time-consuming processes and convoluted decision-making hierarchies, it's a wonder any work gets done at all. Worse, managers themselves unwittingly create much of the complexity that impedes their day-to-day effectiveness-and it's putting both their organizations and their careers in jeopardy. Ron Ashkenas argues that you can take back control of your business, your workload, and your bottom line by simplifying how work gets done. But simplification is about more than just streamlining operations-it is a mind-set and a culture that must permeate the entire organization. In Simply Effective, Ashkenas identifies the four main ways that complexity builds up in organizations: (1) mechanical rather than organic design changes, (2) unchecked growth of products and services, (3) evolving and impractical processes, and (4) confusion-creating management behaviors. He then provides a playbook for creating a tailored, integrated simplification strategy that targets your organization's complexity logjams. Based on nearly thirty years of consulting experience and illustrated by vivid examples from companies including ConAgra Foods, General Electric, Zurich Financial Services, and Johnson & Johnson, Simply Effective offers tips, tools, and strategies for how to: ? Identify the specific areas where complexity is holding your organization back ? De-layer and consolidate organizational structures and focus on the core ? Prune product and service lines and partner with vendors and customers ? Redesign and simplify processes both within and across organizational boundaries ? Prioritize strategy, set clear goals, and clarify communications ? Take immediate steps to simplify your personal workload with your team or division A crucial resource in today's overly complex age, Simply Effective should be required reading for everyone on your management team. "

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Author(s): Ron Ashkenas

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