A Bias For Action.

Heike Burch & Sumantra Ghoshal



???Ghoshal . . . married the theoretical and the pragmatic in a way that is rare in the world of management literature'??"The Economist Does your job seem like an endless ???to-do' list that never gets you??"or your company??"anywhere? You know what you're supposed to focus on: cutting costs, improving efficiency, encouraging innovation. So why do critical goals consistently get eclipsed by fighting fires, answering e-mails, and other routine ???busywork'? In this surprising and frame-changing book, management experts Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghoshal argue that while the usual suspects??"overwhelming workloads, tight budgets, and unsupportive bosses??"play a role in managerial ineffectiveness, most of the blame lies in how managers approach their jobs.

Based on a ten-year study of managerial behavior in industries from banking to software to airlines to consulting, A Bias for Action reveals that only 10 percent of managers work purposefully to get important work done. The other 90 percent squander their potential by procrastinating, detaching from their work or spinning their wheels in a flurry of ???active nonaction'. Bruch and Ghoshal show that the most effective managers succeed not because they possess unique characteristics or excel at motivating others??"but because they harness personal willpower through a potent combination of energy and focus. This willpower is what helps productive managers achieve their goals in spite of the inevitable barriers, setbacks, and distractions that are a mainstay of managerial life. Upending conventional thinking about the requirements for effective leadership, this book will help CEOs and frontline managers alike to stop simply doing things??"and start getting things done.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Decisive Leadership: Encouraging leaders to make decisions promptly rather than delaying or being indecisive.

  2. Agility and Adaptability: Emphasizing the need for agility and adaptability in responding to changing situations.

  3. Risk-Taking: Encouraging calculated risk-taking and the willingness to experiment or innovate.

  4. Initiative at All Levels: Cultivating a culture where employees at all levels are encouraged to take initiative and responsibility.

  5. Speed of Execution: Focusing on the speed and efficiency of executing plans and initiatives.

  6. Learning from Action: Encouraging learning through action and experience, valuing insights gained from taking action.

  7. Entrepreneurial Mindset: Nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset within the organization, fostering innovation and creativity.

  8. Empowerment: Empowering employees to act autonomously within their roles and responsibilities.

  9. Adaptive Decision-Making: Making decisions based on current information while remaining open to adapting based on new insights.

  10. Accountability: Holding individuals and teams accountable for their actions and decisions.

Language English
ISBN-10 0143061887
ISBN-13 9780143061885
No of pages 212
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Penguin India
Published Date 15 Apr 2006

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