The 20% Solution: Using Rapid Redesign to Create Tomorrow′s Organizations Today
"Today, change flashes across the landscape like lightning. Simple,single-focus fix-it schemes no longer work, and isolated,unintegrated, one-time improvement efforts fail miserably.Organizations require periodic revolution, not just constantevolution." John J. Cotter
The first law of the jungle is that the most adaptable speciesare always the most successful. In the struggle for survival, thewinners are those who are most sensitive to important changes intheir environment and quickest to reshape their behavior to meeteach new environmental challenge. As author John Cotter makesabundantly clear in this groundbreaking book, the law of naturalselection holds as true for business organizations as it does foranimal species.
For Cotter, the key to getting a jump on change and beating outthe competition in today?s tumultuous, hypercompetitive businessjungle is Rapid RedesignTM. A dynamic new approach toformulating and implementing strategic change, Rapid Redesign isbased on the ongoing, systematic assessment of "the 20% of what youdo that will contribute most to your success in the future," andthen doing less to accomplish more by concentrating your time andenergies on that 20%. Cotter demonstrates how Ford,Hewlett-Packard, Canon, and many other outstanding companies havesuccessfully used this technique to become leaders in theirrespective industries. More important, he provides managers with acomprehensive blueprint for making Rapid Redesign work in companiesof any size to increase their efficiency and effectiveness todayand in the future.
Cotter begins by spelling out the changes in perspectiverequired of every member of a company attempting to make thetransition to a flexible, change-centered organization. This isfollowed by a series of interrelated chapters in which he providesstep-by-step guidelines on how to go about designing, planning,building, and managing such an organization. You?ll learn how toidentify and prioritize key strengths and weaknesses in yourorganization?s structure, work routines, and personnel in thecontext of tomorrow?s opportunities. You?ll discover hundreds ofinnovative new approaches to improving productivity such ashorizontal business teams and internal and externalalliances and you?ll learn how to tailor them to the uniquedemands of your own organization and industry. You?ll also learnhow to reshape your organization in the three key areas ofstructure, support, and staffing, and how to build mechanisms forcontinuous reflection and renewal into the new organizationalstructure.
Read The 20% Solution and find out how to help your organizationmake the leap from merely surviving change to thriving on it.
Don?t wait for change to happen . . . make it happen!
A dynamic approach to building flexible, change-driven businessorganizations for greater profit and productivity
Rapid, unrelenting, all-encompassing change and uncertainty arethe only constants in business today, and the most successfulorganizations aren?t the ones that have learned how to survivechange, but the ones that actually thrive on it. Now, find out howto transform your company into a sleek, hard-driving glutton forchange in The 20% Solution.
Written by one of the world?s leading authorities on redesigningorganizations for changing times, this groundbreaking book showsyou how to design, plan, build, and manage a super-flexible,change-centered organization. John Cotter presents hundreds ofreal-life success stories that show how leading companies haveapplied The 20% Solution, and provides detailed, step-by-stepinstructions on how to make it work for you. He tells youeverything you need to know to redesign your organization forsuccess in the future.
The 20% Solution shows you how to:
Transformational Learning: Renewing Your Company Through Knowledge and Skills
- Identify your company?s core competencies and capabilities
- Zero in on the small number of key issues that are critical toyour company?s future growth and profitability
- Reshape your organization around the three key areas ofstructure, support, and staffing
- Create innovative new approaches to improving performance andcustom-tailor them to your company alone
- Guarantee continuous rethinking and renewal of the way yourorganization does business
An invaluable hands-on guide to developing the knowledge and capabilities of every person in an organization
The concept of the learning organization has been a major theme in corporate America ever since Peter Senge?s 1990 classic The Fifth Discipline. Yet, surprisingly, until now, there were no books showing managers how to translate Senge?s theories into everyday reality. The first nuts-and-bolts guide to building a learning organization, Transformational Learning supplies readers with practical step-by-step guidance to put learning organization concepts into daily practice. Managers learn how to align their group?s learning initiatives with long-range company goals, develop a renewable learning system, develop partnerships with key leaders throughout the organization, and much more.
- Introduces the Virtual Training Organization, a dynamic new model that helps companies maximize the capture and use of crucial information
- Includes all of the checklists, forms, assessments, and tools needed to implement learning concepts in any office setting
- Features detailed case studies from major North American and international companies, including Corning, PPG, Amoco, Sun Microsystems, and others
DAN TOBIN (Framingham, Massachusetts) is a consultant in the field of developing corporate learning systems. He is the author of Re-educating the Corporation. His clients include AT&T, Digital, and Mercury Marine.
Power System Economics: Designing Markets for Electricity
The first systematic presentation of electricity market design-from the basics to the cutting edge. Unique in its breadth and depth. Using examples and focusing on fundamentals, it clarifies long misunderstood issues-such as why today?s markets are inherently unstable. The book reveals for the first time how uncoordinated regulatory and engineering policies cause boom-bust investment swings and provides guidance and tools for fixing broken markets. It also takes a provocative look at the operation of pools and power exchanges.
* Part 1 introduces key economic, engineering and market design concepts.
* Part 2 links short-run reliability policies with long-run investment problems.
* Part 3 examines classic designs for day-ahead and real-time markets.
* Part 4 covers market power, and
* Part 5 covers locational pricing, transmission right and pricing losses.
The non-technical introductions to all chapters allow easy access to the most difficult topics. Steering an independent course between ideological extremes, it provides background material for engineers, economists, regulators and lawyers alike. With nearly 250 figures, tables, side bars, and concisely-stated results and fallacies, the 44 chapters cover such essential topics as auctions, fixed-cost recovery from marginal cost, pricing fallacies, real and reactive power flows, Cournot competition, installed capacity markets, HHIs, the Lerner index and price caps.
About the Author
Steven Stoft has a Ph.D. in economics (U.C. Berkeley) as well as a background in physics, math, engineering, and astronomy. He spent a year inside FERC and now consults for PJM, California and private generators. Learn more at www.stoft.com.