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Accelerating Performance


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Foreword xi Acknowledgments xv About the Authors xvii Introduction 1 SECTION I MOVE FAST OR DIE FASTER 5 CHAPTER 1 The Soft Stuff Really Is the Hard Stuff 7 CHAPTER 2 How to Increase Your METAbolic Rate 17 CHAPTER 3 A Learning Laboratory 31 CHAPTER 4 Our Journey to META 41 CHAPTER 5 What's Your Current Pace?: A Diagnostic 55 SECTION II THE ACCELERATION IMPERATIVE 63 CHAPTER 6 Accelerating Strategy: Less Plan, More Planning 65 CHAPTER 7 Accelerating Organizations: Turning Drag into Drive 85 CHAPTER 8 Accelerating Teams: Capability Equals Ability Minus Ego 123 CHAPTER 9 Accelerating Leaders: The Leader Sets the Pace 149 SECTION III HOW TO START 165 CHAPTER 10 Finding the Right Recipe 167 CHAPTER 11 The ABC of Behavior Change 181 CHAPTER 12 Change the People or Change the People 199 CHAPTER 13 The Board as Catalyst 211 SECTION IV THE FOUR KEY SKILLS 223 CHAPTER 14 Ripple Intelligence: Join the Dots 225 CHAPTER 15 Resource Fluidity: Match Resources to Opportunities 237 CHAPTER 16 Dissolving Paradox: Reframe the Issue 249 CHAPTER 17 Liquid Leadership: Connect Beyond Hierarchy 263 CHAPTER 18 Conclusion: It's More than a Program 273 Research Appendix 291 Index 317

About the Author

COLIN PRICE is an executive vice president and the global managing partner of the Leadership Consulting Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. He has advised many of the world's largest companies, as well as a number of national governments and charitable institutions. He is the coauthor of several books, including Beyond Performance. SHARON TOYE is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles' London office and a member of the Leadership Consulting Practice. An organizational development expert, qualified psychotherapist, and skilled consultant, she has more than 20 years of experience as an executive and top-team coach.

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