Title Transforming the Clunky Organization
Subtitle Pragmatic Leadership Skills for Breaking Inertia
Author Samuel B. Bacharach
ISBN 9781501710032
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 210
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Cornell University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“A no-nonsense, straightforward approach to surmounting what [Bacharach] sees as the primary organizational challenge for business leaders, namely inertia.... This work offers well-thought-out methods for transforming struggling businesses.”

—Publishers Weekly


Organizations, like people, get stuck! They get ensnared in routines and processes, and they fall back into old habits. This is the dangerous period of inertia, the period that precedes failure, when organizations show signs of sluggishness.

In Transforming the Clunky Organization Samuel B. Bacharach specifies why organizations fall into patterns of inertia and details the critical pragmatic leadership skills leaders need to regain organizational momentum. From Alfred Sloan, to Lee Iacocca, to Lou Gerstner, to Indra Nooyi, to Steve Jobs, to Jeff Bezos, Bacharach argues that their pragmatic leadership skills assured that their organization did not get trapped by the doldrums of inertia. He employs case illustrations to identify clunky tendencies and inertia within organizations across a wide range of business sectors including technology, finance, banking, home entertainment, and retail. Illustrations are drawn from organizations such as Amazon, Apple, Borders, Merrill Lynch, Nintendo, Starbucks, and Unilever, among many others.

Bacharach argues that in order to achieve their potential, organizations need to be perpetually involved in two activities. The first is discovery—organizational leaders need to continuously explore new opportunities and transfer new insights into new products, processes, and directions. The second is delivery—organizational leaders need to be able to mobilize support for ideas, sustain and drive these ideas forward, and achieve results. Successful discovery and delivery allows organizations to truly thrive and continuously meet their potential.

Expanding on The Agenda Mover, the first book in the BLG Pragmatic Leadership Series, this book offers a roadmap for individual leaders at all levels to create the agility and synergy needed for the continuous organized flow of information and the movement of ideas. Clunky organizations need leaders that are explorers and innovators in the discovery phase and mobilizers and sustainers to deliver solutions. Transforming the Clunky Organization provides the keys for necessary behaviors that allow leaders to successfully break inertia and foster agility.

This book will appeal to leaders at all levels within organizations, change-management consultants, and business-school professors.




CHAPTER 1. THE CHALLENGE OF INERTIA • Sluggish organizations: Clunky and Myopic • The Inertia of the Clunky Tendency Sprawling Expansion The Inertia at the Myopia Tendency The Blinder Traps • Reaching Potential: Leading for Discovery and Delivery • Robust Discovery Contextual Competence: Leaders as Explorers Ideational Competence: Leaders as Innovators Focused delivery Political Competence: Leaders as Campaigners Managerial Competence: Leaders as Sustainers

CHAPTER 2. LEADING FOR ROBUST DISCOVERY • Explore the Context • Scan for lniormation Read Weak and Strong Signals Partner for Direction and Execution • Facilitate ldeation • Structure Information Flow Frame the Challenge Lead for ldeation Maintain Hot Group Culture

CHAPTER 3. LEADING FOR FOCUSED DELIVERY • Campaign for Support • Create a Coalition Mind-Set • Anticipate Where Stakeholders Are Coming From • Overcome Resistance • Sustain Momentum • Monitor for Tight and Loose Execution • Maintain Commitment and Direction




About the Author:

Samuel B. Bacharach, the McKelvey-Grant Professor at Cornell University, is the cofounder of the New York City–based Bacharach Leadership Group. He is the author of more than twenty books and numerous academic articles. With his colleagues at BLG, Bacharach develops and delivers training programs that enhance the core skills of pragmatic leadership, focusing on leadership as execution. Among his previous books are Get Them on Your Side and Keep Them on Your Side. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of leadership, and he is a regular columnist for Inc.

Target Audience:

People Interested in Business and Management Studies & HR.

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