Today's managers waste an estimated 40 per cent of their time on unnecessary cooperation, communication and control. Old-fashioned management skills are too expensive and slow to use in today's complex companies. When great companies grow they become more complex. This complexity starts to undermine what made the company successful: the organisation slows down, it is more difficult to get things done and it becomes a less satisfying workplace.
In his work with talented people from hundreds of the world's leading companies. Kevan discovered that they spend over 80 per cent of their time on cooperation, communication and control - and that up to 50 per cent of that time is wasted. Organised around 4 Cs - Cooperation, Communication, Control and Community - Speed Lead distills the experience of more than 35,000 people in over 200 of the world's leading companies. The resulting radical view has enabled organizations to unravel the spaghetti of complexity, reduce project cycle times, build closer business relationships and curb the costs of unnecessary travel.
Contrary to current leadership wisdom, Speed Lead advises to: celebrate the end of teams where you don't need them; abolish meetings of the bored; take control of the "crack-berry" and don't be a 24-hour control freak; expect more from your people and lead a lot less; make "good-enough" decisions; and, don't let diversity be a diversion - share practices, not values.
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"We all want our companies to be faster, simpler and easier to run - this refreshing blend of challenging ideas and practical tools shows us how."
-Karl Kahofer, Group President Rubbermaid, IRWIN Group Europe & Asia Pacific
"Great management and leadership includes application of a lot of common sense. This book contains the sort of practical help and guidance that you can dip into and refresh your common sense quotient. Keep it close!"
-Christine Betts, Senior Director, Audience Marketing, Microsoft
"A much needed new look at managing and leading in complex modern organisations. Practical tools you can implement to speed up your company."
Bob Morton, Head of People Development Competence Centre, Europe - MEA, Ciba Specialty Chemicals
"SPEED is the key word for companies in the Asia Pacific Rim: China, Japan and Korea. Kevan's remarkable new book comes from his long practical experience and is based on Creativity and Innovation, Simplicity and Ease of applicability for managers of global companies. New tools and techniques from this book can be applied in many different countries without any cultural difference."
-Professor Jae Ho Park, Founder of GRCIOP and Professor of IO Psychology at Yeungnam University, South Korea
"Organizations are getting ever more complex. Globalization, technology and scale can lead to growth and success, but they also bring dysfunctional baggage. Kevan shows how to get off the organizational 'hamster wheel' and focus on what is important."
-Geoff Armstrong, Director General, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Kevan Hall is the founder and CEO of Global Integration Ltd. , a consultancy specializing in skills required to work in complex, international organizations, with offices in the UK and California. He works with companies around the world including Microsoft, Coca-Cola, GlaxoSmithKline, and Vodafone.
He has practical experience in line management, manufacturing operations, HR, training, and strategic and market planning, mostly at Mars where he worked in Strasbourg as head of training and education from Vladivostock to Ireland. He manages his own cross-cultural and remote organization and is a regular speaker at international conferences. His work is profiled at www.global-integration.com
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