Friday, August 29, 2008
Gary Harpst on Execution I thought I knew how books made it to the best seller lists... but now, I am not so sure. For every stroke of great insight and wisdom, there is at least one oversight. For example, he talks of the need for accountability. Perfect! But he also explains the rise of Japanese auto sales in the 1970s as due to their superior quality. Wrong. He forget that first significant gasoline crunch that Lee Iaccoca called "and unfair advantage!" Yes, Six Disciplines Execution Revolution is worth buying. But please do not take everything he says as fact. For example, Harpst seems to give a lot of credit to the balanced score card. Again, wrong. Plus, how do you write on execution in business today (or most any setting for that matter) without paying tribute to Colonel John Boyd? You can't. At least one should not try. IMNSHO Harpst has some great insight on methodology and accountability. At least on the need to understand how valuable these concepts are for business leaders. Today. And even more so as we peer into the future. Again, buy it, but skim it quickly for the nuggets that can help your efforts. I loved the fact that Harpst also used the Tower of Babylon to address the challenges in communications (see chapter five in my Purple Curve Effect). -ski P.S. For the best approach to execution: study my Dynamic 4^3 Process™ ---- Jeff 'SKI' Kinsey, Jonah Strategy, Tactics & Execution Dover, OH | Hilton Head Island, SC | Las Vegas, NV Cell: +1 330.432.3533 tag: Six Disciplines Execution Revolution by Harpst ©2008 Throughput.us LLC. All rights reserved.
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