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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Why Most Business Improvement Books Fail

The problem with most business improvement books is that they're filled with platitudes, feel good messages and lofty aspirations of what great companies and great leaders have done.

The fact that you’re reading this right now – is a clear indication that you’re interested, perhaps even to the point of being passionate – about continual business improvement.

Consider one of the best sellers in this category, by Jim Collins: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't. No doubt a popular book – but the frustrating part is evident in its title. It focuses on WHY – not HOW.

Another one by Jim Collins: Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials). Again, popular book – yet it focuses on WHAT the habits are, not HOW to acquire them in your business.

Perhaps therein lies the problem?

Most business improvement books focus on WHAT successful organizations do, or WHY they do certain things.

Strategy, while important, is the WHY and WHAT.

Execution is the HOW.

BOTTOMLINE: Read Six Disciplines for Excellence. It reveals the first sustainable strategy-driven execution program for small businesses.

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