9780307381736

The Game-Changer

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  • ISBN13:

    9780307381736

  • ISBN10:

    0307381730

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/8/2008
  • Publisher: Crown Business

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Summary

How you can increase and sustain organic revenue and profit growth . . . whether you're running an entire company or in your first management job. Over the past seven years, Procter & Gamble has tripled profits; significantly improved organic revenue growth, cash flow, and operating margins; and averaged earnings per share growth of 12 percent. How? A. G. Lafley and his leadership team have integrated innovation into everything P&G does and created new customers and new markets. Through eye-opening stories A. G. Lafley and Ram Charan show how P&G and companies such as Honeywell, Nokia, LEGO, GE, HP, and DuPont have become game-changers. Their inspiring lessons can help you learn how to: Make consumers and customers the boss, not the CEO or the management team Innovate to grow a mature business Develop higher growth, higher margin businesses Create new customers and new markets Revitalize a business model Reach outside your own business and tap into the abundant brainpower and creativity of the world Integrate innovation into the mainstream of your managerial decision making Manage risk Become a leader of innovation We live in a world of unprecedented change, increasing global competitiveness, and the very real threat of commoditization. Innovation in this world is the best way to winarguably the only way to really win. Innovation is not a separate, discrete activity but the job of everyone in a leadership position and the integral, central driving force for any business that wants to grow organically and succeed on a sustained basis. This is a game-changing book that helps you redefine your leadership and improve your management game. From the Hardcover edition.

Author Biography

A. G. LAFLEY is the chairman and CEO of P&G, which is consistently recognized as one of the most admired companies in the world and a great developer of business leaders. A.G. was named CEO of the year in 2006 by Chief Executive magazine and serves on the boards of GE and Dell. His first opportunity to manage a business came when he was in the Navy and in charge of retail and services businesses for ten thousand Navy and Marine Corps people and their families. After the Navy he went to Harvard Business School, and then joined P&G following graduation. He started as a brand assistant for Joy in 1977 and was appointed CEO in June of 2000.

RAM CHARAN is the coauthor of the bestseller Execution and the author of What the CEO Wants You to Know, Know-How, and many other books. Dr. Charan grew up in India, where he first learned the art and science of business in his family’s shoe shop. After earning his M.B.A. and D.B.A. from Harvard Business School, he taught for a number of years at both Harvard and Northwestern. He now advises the leaders and boards of companies around the world, including GE, DuPont, Nokia, Verizon, and the Thomson Corporation. What people around the world proclaim are Ram’s practicality and the value he provides in helping them solve business problems. For more information on Ram Charan and his work, visit www.ram-charan.com.

Table of Contents

Game-Changer: A Definitionp. vii
Our Goalp. xi
How and Why Innovation at Procter & Gamble Changed Its Gamep. 1
What P&G's Innovation Transformation Means for Youp. 18
Drawing the Big Picture
The Customer Is Boss: The Foundation of Successful Innovationp. 33
Where to Play, How to Win: How Goals and Strategies Achieve Game-Changing Innovationp. 69
Leveraging What You Do Best: Revitalizing Core Strengths with Innovationp. 95
Making Innovation Happen
Organizing for Innovation: Building Enabling Structuresp. 119
Integrating Innovation into Your Routine: From Generating Ideas to Go to Marketp. 154
Managing the Risks of Innovationp. 185
The Culture of Innovation
Innovation Is a Team Sport: Courageous and Connected Culturep. 221
The New Job of the Leader: Innovation and Growthp. 253
Conclusion: How Jeff Immelt Made Innovation a Way of Life at GEp. 283
Afterwordp. 301
Acknowledgmentsp. 307
Indexp. 311
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