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

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

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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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304 pages, B&W diagrams
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Business strategy
  • ISBN: 9781857885590



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This book is a must for those interested in strategy. It takes the elegant and wise insights of 19th century Prussian military organisation and adapts these to the modern business world, where obsession with planning, control, and command usually result in friction, frustration, and inaction. The purpose of the book is to reveal why organisations fail to achieve objectives, and how they can develop ways to succeed using methods that are tried and tested, but in our world seem counterintuitive. Fascinating.

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