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How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things

Nonfiction: Business & Economics / Management
Unabridged   6.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/11/2012

How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things

Breaking the 8 Hidden Barriers that Plague Even the Best Businesses

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Audio CD ISBN:9781611749953
Digital Download ISBN:9781611749960


A corporate manifesto that helps companies break down the barriers that prevent their success.

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Companies make headline news all the time for decisions that make many of us scratch our heads in wonder, even companies that are smart and successful. Here, Neil Smith, with more than 20 years of experience leading large-scale performance improvements, reveals the hidden barriers that cause excellent companies to do dumb things, and smart people within companies to act in dumb ways.

Drawing on his experience working with and helping transform top global businesses, Smith has identified 8 barriers that prevent organizations from achieving and maintaining sustainable success. Rich with anecdotes and case studies, Smith outlines a fast and proven process in which 12 principles of business transformation can break down the barriers holding companies back. What Smith offers his readers is the same thing he offers every day to the major companies he works with, a promise that by following his insights, the company will be able to increase communication, simplicity, and profit to levels never before attainable.


“[Courvoisier’s] voice is a good match for Smith’s direct and sometimes humorous style.”

“A helpful reminder on how lack of oversight on even commonplace issues can interfere with an enterprise’s productivity and success, this work will appeal to managers and leaders alike.”
      —Publishers Weekly

“An in-depth look at the structural and behavioral barriers that keep organizations from outstanding performance, and offers a clear set of principles to get on track. Neil Smith’s brilliant insights into removing these barriers and empowering employees to produce creative ideas are a must-read for managers everywhere.”
      —Bill George, professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School, former chairman & CEO of Medtronic, Inc., and author of True North

“Outlines the process by which any company can become more efficient and profitable while reducing complexity. It is a must . . . for any company that wants to improve its performance and for any manager who is serious about adding value to their organization.”
      —Duncan Niederauer, chief executive officer, NYSE Euronext

“A practical, common sense guide to the main stumbling blocks facing business leaders and how to deal with them.”
      —John Quelch, dean of China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Shanghai

“A top-notch consultant reveals his secret sauce! Crisply reasoned and crisply written . . . a virtual how-to-do-it manual for improving your company.”
      —Alan Blinder, Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University

Author Bio

NEIL SMITH, CEO of Promontory Growth, and Innovation (PGI), helps large corporations dramatically improve performance and profitability by growing revenues and innovatively reducing costs. His initiatives have helped increase profits at top companies by 20 percent or more.

PATRICIA O’CONNELL has more than 20 years of writing and editing experience in a variety of subjects, including business, leadership, and strategy, and is former Management Editor at BloombergBusinessweek.com.

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