Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan

Execution is about linking people, strategy, and operations. “Execution is not just tactics—it is a discipline and a system. It has to be built into a company’s strategy, its goals, and its culture. And the leader of the organization must be deeply engaged in it.” A significant portion of this book deals with managing people, including recognizing and developing future leaders.

Here are some notable lines from the book:

  • “Realism is the heart of execution, but many organizations are full of people who are trying to avoid or shade reality.”
  • “You need robust dialogue to surface the realities of the business.”
  • “An astonishing number of strategies fail because leaders don’t make a realistic assessment of whether the organization can execute the plan.”
  • “Only authenticity builds trust, because sooner or later people spot the fakers.”
  • “Some leaders drain energy from people and others create it.”
  • “You should strive for simplicity in general. One thing you’ll notice about leaders who execute is that they speak simply and directly.”

Larry Bossidy was CEO of Allied Signal and then chairman of Honeywell following a 34-year career at General Electric.  Ram Charan is an advisor to CEOs of large companies and start-ups.

Bossidy, Larry, and Ram Charan. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done. New York: Crown Business, 2002. Buy from Amazon.com

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