Getting It Right Notre Dame on Leadership and Judgment in Business

ISBN-10: 0470245883
ISBN-13: 9780470245880
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/18/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Great business leaders bring outstanding habits of mind and disciplined processes to developing and implementing solutions to complex problems, thereby driving extraordinary results no matter the obstacles or constraints they face. Solving complex problems rests on three equally interwoven dimensions: uncompromising values, clarity of thought, and tenacity in action. By learning to simplify complex problems by ask probing questions, develop pragmatic solutions or hypotheses, and lay the foundation for change throughout an organization, leaders can address the most staggering challenges. Bartkus and Conlon's powerful message is that one can work through almost any problem in a calm and confident way. Borrowing insights from consulting, management, and academia, this book can help anyone - seasoned leaders, new managers, MBA students - improve their problem-solving skills. The authors split their problem solving framework into three themes: solving the problem; moving from analysis to action; and driving solutions through the organization. Combining theory and practice, they illustrate every aspect of the integrated framework with case studies and explore common obstacles like improper diagnosis of problems, understanding when solutions are 'good enough', and barriers to execution. What makes this book unique is that its model has formed the basis of Notre Dame's business education, is the model taught at Mendoza College, and has been tested in corporate settings, as demonstrated by contributions from school president John Jenkins, former president Father Ted Hesburgh, head football coach Charlie Weis, and distinguished alumni like Keith Sherin, CFO of GE. Along the way, leading executives from GE, Google, McKinsey, HP, Baxter, Lilly and others narrate their own unique insights on the toughest problems they have faced.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Solve the Problem
Discovering Solutions
Starting from Values
What Really Is the Problem Here?
Priorities
One Percent Inspiration
Ninety-Nine Percent Perspiration
How to Tell the Story
Moving from Analysis to Action
The Business Case
When Good Enough Is Both
Driving the Solution Through the Organization
Frailty, Fortitude, and a Leader's Commitment
Bulldoze the Barriers
The Toils of Sisyphus
Conclusion
Notes
About the Authors
Index

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