Challenge the Ordinary: Why Revolutionary Companies Abandon Conventional Mindsets, Question Long-Held Assumptions, and Kill Their Sacred Cows

Linda D. Henman

Language: English

Pages: 207

ISBN: 2:00236248

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Challenge the Ordinary will help managers and executives at all levels:
• Avoid the traps of traditional strategy formulation and decision-making.
• Discover what a leader can do to build a culture that defines "legacy."
• Find out what leaders must do to attract, retain, and develop stars.
• Identify a clear path for organizational success.

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