September 26, 2016

Rapid Realignment For Unbeatable Performance


Rapid RealignmentI know that there are those of you out there who LOVE reading books about big business.  Or maybe you work for a large corporation and are looking to grab some skills and new ways of doing things inside your organization or department that will make you better, stronger and faster.

If you fall into either of these categories, than you’ll want to get yourself a copy of Rapid Realignment: How to Quickly Integrate People, Processes and Strategy for Unbeatable Performance by George Labovitz and Victor Rosansky.

Dr. George Labovitz is the founder and CEO of ODI an international management training and consulting company and professor of management and organizational behavior at Boston University Graduate School of Management.  Victor Rosansky is the president and co-founder of LHR International and helps Fortune 500 companies drive rapid strategy deployment and alignment.

Process Hounds Will Love This Book

I have to admit, I was rather intimidated when I opened up my review copy of Rapid Realignment How To Quickly Integrate People Processes And Strategies For Unbeatable Performance by George Labovitz and Victor Rosansky.  The introduction starts with the story of Admiral Vern Clark who was chief of Naval Operations and managed over 900,000 people and a budget of over $100 Billion. I mean, what small business owner or freelancer can relate to that?

“Alignment is that optimal state in which strategy, people, customers and key processes work in concert to achieve organizational objectives.”

Rapid Realignment is a 4-step process that is designed to get your people, projects and resources focused on achieving specific goals:

  1. Rapidly deploy the organization’s strategy, with emphasis on “Rapid,” because strategies change.
  2. Have total customer focus.
  3. Align and improve core processes to meet customer requirements and drive strategy.
  4. Train, develop and manage people to foster innovation, productivity and growth.

The authors provide real world evidence of how moving slowly at first, to collect data through listening to employees, customers, and all other stakeholders, builds the foundation for a very fast realignment.

What’s Covered In Rapid Realignment?

Rapid Realignment is committed to giving you the tools and processes you’ll need to create a seamless integration between strategies, processes, your employees and your customers.  You’ll find out everything you need to know about:

  • Engaging employees at every level with the mission and purpose of your business.
  • Linking strategies with real-life processes.
  • How to use social media to bring the voice of the customer inside your company.

The end of each chapter includes a summary and “things to do” section that will help keep you focused and on task – should I say “Aligned!”

Rapid Ralignment is also loaded with all kinds of models, charts and graphs that those of you who are more inclined to use business models will really love.

Is Rapid Realignment for YOU?

This isn’t a book for everyone.  If you prefer down-to-earth, plain-spoken books, Rapid Realignment will either bore you or frustrate you.  This is a book for organizations that have some level of complexity involved in their infrastructure.

If you’re a fan of understanding how to manage complex systems and managing larger organizations, you will find a lot of strategic insights and models to help you on your way.

Personally, I could see the power behind this book.  But for my small business, this was a read that pleased the intellectual side of my brain rather than the practical.

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Ivana Taylor - Book Editor


Ivana Taylor Ivana Taylor is the Book Editor for Small Business Trends. She is responsible for directing the site’s book review program and manages the team of professional book reviewers. She also spearheads the annual Small Business Book Awards. Ivana publishes DIYMarketers, where she shares daily do-it-yourself marketing tips, and is co-author of "Excel for Marketing Managers."

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