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University of Toronto Press - Spring/Summer 2020

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Shift
A New Mindset for Sustainable Execution
By (author): M. Kathryn Brohman By (author): Eileen Brown By (author): Jim McSheffrey
9781487503789 Hardcover English Higher Education BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Strategic Planning Oct 18, 2019
$34.95 CAD
Active 6.3 x 9.25 x 0.5 in | 420 gr 184 pages 10 figures University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division Rotman-UTP Publishing

Organizations all too often create impressive strategies but fail at implementing them. Based on research with over 750 organizations, Shift conceptualizes execution with energy management in mind to offer discrete capabilities that will help leaders "shift" into more sustainable and dynamic execution practices. With the importance of orchestrating balance between stability and flexibility at the core, Shift is written in four parts - identifying execution barriers, filling gaps, removing distractions, and differentiating execution leaders that are capable of driving improvement.

Most novel is the introduction of a performance indicator, called the Cost of Execution (COx), that quantifies execution capabilities and challenges. Shift includes real case studies and describes a comprehensive approach that will help organizations satisfy the business demands of today and adapt to embrace the challenges of tomorrow.

M. Kathryn Brohman is an associate professor and Distinguished Faculty Fellow of Management Information Systems at the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University.

Eileen Brown is an accomplished executive with a proven track record for transformative execution in operations, supply chain, acquisitions, and IT with companies such as IBM, Celestica and BlackBerry.

Jim McSheffrey spent his career at 3M and held senior executive roles, including President and General Manager of 3M Canada, and Managing Director of both 3M UK and 3M China.

"This book is an excellent read on best execution practices for any leaders in the private or public sector that are aiming at a successful strategy delivery. A fresh approach to unleashing both organizational and leadership capabilities!" - Stephane Cousineau, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services, Shared Services Canada

"A straight-forward, common sense approach to building organization muscle and capability. The concept and flow of structurer rhythm and awareness is a powerful explanation of how organizations and teams can achieve sustainable execution." - David Cyr, Senior VP of Technology and Operations, Royal Bank of Canada

"Such a timely and compelling read for organizations who are transforming, disrupting the status quo and challenged with sustaining the organizational energy needed to raise the bar."

- Peter Taylor, President at Keywork Labs Inc.

"A straight-forward and simple approach to the illusive art of execution with what barriers may be getting in the way."

- Nick Chan, Senior Director, Industrial Services and Support, Molson Coors

"A very practical recipe for companies looking to dramatically improve their ability to execute sustainably."

- Celso Mello, Chief Information Office, Reliance Comfort LP

"Through four key mindset 'shifts,' an insightful guide is provided to business managers who want to set their departments up for future success by focusing their organizational energy against enabling the purposeful execution of their business strategy."

- David Markwell, Sr Vice President Information Technology, Loblaw Companies Limited

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