The Art of Action
How Leaders Close the Gaps Between Plans, Actions and Results


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The Art of Action
How Leaders Close the Gaps Between Plans, Actions and Results

by Stephen Bungay (Author)



ISBN: 9781857885590


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The Art of Action uses engaging narrative to demonstrate how to set direction, how to agree what people need to do to realise their objectives, and how to enable them to be successful in the complex, dynamic arena of modern business.

WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO? This question is the enduring management issue, a perennial problem that Stephen Bungay shows has an old solution that is counter-intuitive and yet common sense. THE ART OF ACTION is a thought-provoking and fresh look at how managers can turn planning into execution, and execution into results. Drawing on his experience as a consultant, senior manager and a highly respected military historian, Stephen Bungay takes a close look at the nineteenth-century Prussian Army, which built its agility on the initiative of its highly empowered junior officers, to show business leaders how they can build more effective, productive organizations. Based on a theoretical framework which has been tested in practice over 150 years, Bungay shows how the approach known as 'mission command' has been applied in businesses as diverse as pharmaceuticals and F1 racing today. THE ART OF ACTION is scholarly but engaging, rigorous but pragmatic, and shows how common sense can sometimes be surprising.


ISBN 1857885597
ISBN13 9781857885590
Publisher Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Format Hardback
Publication date 04/11/2010
Pages 304
Weight (grammes) 581
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 234
Width (mm) 156