Although they conducted the study two decades ago, the freshness is intact. Small groups are quite simply the basic organisational building blocks of excellent companies. The true power of the small group lies in the flexibility. Sooner or later, each one of us, recalls some situations and wonder if something could have gone the other way. This, was a backward-looking study. But, the book remains a classic management business book for 35 years published at 1982 , there must be a reason behind this. To do that, they would have had to provide a theoretical justification for these characteristics.Next
The In Search of Excellence video is one of the best selling training programs of all time. People need for modicum of control 3. Clarity on company values is also an important part of the underlying touchstone for stability and simplicity as well. If you're interested in history fine but if you want practical advice for today don't waste your time with this one. The company is action oriented, a bias for getting things done. It was called every business book ever written ever.Next
But the excellent companies were, above all, are brilliant in the basics. This book is considered a business classic and it's not a bad read at all. However one drawback is the analysis and comparison of these shortlisted companies are not been reported. The authors clearly draw heavily on their network of contacts from work in the field with the biggest name in consulting: McKinsey. Tom Peters and Bob Waterman are amazing. I am all in favor of eliminating unnecessary meetings! Excessive layering maybe the biggest problem of slow moving, rigid bureaucracy. Excellence companies had gotten to be the way they are because of a unique set of cultural attributes that distinguish them from the rest.Next
It provides a valuable summary of the essential ingredients to success, in their opinion, by stating 8 key areas and how they apply to the McKinsey 7s. They provide anecdotes and stories from their interviews to back their themes up. The approach feels a little abstract and it meanders at times. I wish you well with your search for excellence. Give them freedom and support. The sample consisting of 43 companies from the six major industries examines all the aspects needed for reaching the top.Next
It is up to us to create and find the excellence in every part of our life. She was almost fully convinced this would b The timing for having read this book, In Search of Excellence I was on my own search for it somewhere between shoulder pads for women's suits and a dresser drawer I had popping full of panty hose. The research continued markedly since Thomas and Robert, marked the mistakes existing in the global economy and methods of doing business. They then talked to managers and read magazine stories, looking for common themes. Bias for action, for getting on with it 2.Next
Rather these companies work hard to keep things simple in a complex world. She was almost fully convinced this would be effective. Positive reinforcement causes behavioural changes too, but usually in the intended direction. For instance, Zappos advocating employee to delivering happiness to the doorstep of the customer. Nonetheless the language is largely clear and jargon free - more so than many of it's successors and still makes for an interesting read of an important study of its time. I would really like to see a follow up to the book and see how the companies are doing and if the priciples Peters extols have worked. I read the book in Dec 2008 and some of the companies mentioned either don't exist or have been bought up by others.
If I plan to do any type of work at all, be it start a business or work for one, it is fundamental to understand how the great companies of the world have done it. The lessons about people, customer service, innovation, and quality endure. Treat them as partners, treat them with dignity, respect, and trust. The company who know their game and objective clear enough outperform all others. It is arrogance to believe that you will always stay ahead of the curve if you are not actively pursuing ways to stay there. None of them had ever assumed that a group of students could challenge the , by designing a system that allows the companies to analyze all fields using well-defined metrics.Next
Leaders need to set people free to help, not harness them. The intense, informal communication system act as remarkable tight control system. Are you going to cost cut your way to prosperity? Human needs in the organiatisation are 1. This book provides a perfect modelfor excellence. The book discuss each idea with tons and tons of detailed examples to the boring extent yet present the ideas clearly and in very simple convincing way. She had just bought a LeBaron covertible.Next