Chasing the Rabbit: How Market Leaders Outdistance the Competition and How Great Companies Can Catch Up and Win, Foreword by Clay Christensen

3.91 avg rating
( 82 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780071499880: Chasing the Rabbit: How Market Leaders Outdistance the Competition and How Great Companies Can Catch Up and Win, Foreword by Clay Christensen

Winner of the Shingo Prize for Research and Professional Publication, 2009

How can companies perform so well that their industry counterparts are competitors in name only? Although they operate in the same industry, serve the same market, and even use the same suppliers, these “rabbits” lead the race and, more importantly, continually widen their lead. In Chasing the Rabbit, Steven J. Spear describes what sets high-velocity, market-leading organizations apart and explains how you can lead the pack in your industry.

Spear examines the internal operations of dominant organizations, including Toyota, Alcoa, Pratt & Whitney, the US Navy's Nuclear Power Program, and top-tier teaching hospitals--organizations operating in vastly differing industries, but which share one thing in common: the skillful management of complex internal systems that generates constant, almost automatic self-improvement at rates faster, durations longer, and breadths wider than anyone else musters. As a result, each enjoys a level of profitability, quality, efficiency, reliability, and agility unmatched by rivals. Chasing the Rabbit shows how to:

  • Build a system of “dynamic discovery” designed to reveal operational problems and weaknesses
  • Attack and solve problems at the time and in the place where they occur, converting weaknesses into strengths
  • Disseminate knowledge gained from solving local problems throughout the company as a whole
  • Create managers invested in the process of continual innovation

Whatever kind of company you operate--from technology to finance to healthcare--mastery of these four key capabilities will put you on the fast track to operational excellence, where you will generate faster, better results using less capital and fewer resources. Apply the lessons of Steven J. Spear's and leave the competition in the dust.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

Sprint to the lead in your industry--and stay there!

"Chasing the Rabbit contains ideas that form the basis for structured continuous learning and improvement in every aspect of our lives. While this book is tailored to business leaders, it should be read by high school seniors, college students, and those already in the workforce. With the broad societal application of these ideas, we can achieve levels of accomplishment not even imagined by most people."
The Honorable Paul H. O'Neill
Former CEO and Chairman, Alcoa
Former Secretary of the Treasury

"Some firms outperform competitors in many ways at once--cost, speed, innovation, service. How? Steve Spear opened my eyes to the secret of systemizing innovation: taking it from the occasional, unpredictable 'stroke of genius' to something you and your people do month-in, month-out to outdistance rivals."
Scott D. Cook
Founder & Chairman of the Executive Committee
Intuit, Inc.

"Steven Spear connects a deep study of systems with practical management insights and does it better than any organizational scholar I know. Chasing the Rabbit is a profoundly important book that will challenge and inspire executives in all industries to think more clearly about the technical and social foundations of organizational excellence."
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP
President and CEO
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

About the Author:

Steven J. Spear, four-time winner of the Shingo Prize and recipient of the McKinsey Award, is a senior lecturer at MIT and former assistant professor at Harvard. A senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, he is the author of numerous articles appearing in academic and trade publications, including the Harvard Business Review and The New York Times.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

International Edition
International Edition

1.

Spear, Steven J.
ISBN 10: 0071499881 ISBN 13: 9780071499880
New Softcover Quantity Available: > 20
International Edition
Seller
GREAT BOOKS DEAL
(TALLAHASSEE, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Softcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New; Shrink Wrapped; Paperback; Black & White or Color International Edition. ISBN and Cover page may differ but similar contents as US edition. GET IT FAST in 3-5 business days by DHL/FEDEX with tracking number. Books printed in English. No shipping to PO Box/APO/FPO address. In some instances the international textbooks may have different end chapter case studies and exercises. International Edition Textbooks may bear a label "Not for sale in the U.S. or Canada" and "Content may different from U.S. Edition" - printed only to discourage U.S. students from obtaining an affordable copy. The U.S. Supreme Court has asserted your right to purchase international editions, and ruled on this issue. Access code or CD is not provided with these editions, unless specified. We may ship the books from multiple warehouses across the globe, including India depending upon the availability of inventory storage. Customer satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # GFI1433415

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
13.17
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.21
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Spear, Steven J.
Published by McGraw-Hill (2008)
ISBN 10: 0071499881 ISBN 13: 9780071499880
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description McGraw-Hill, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0071499881

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
39.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.17
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Spear, Steven J.
Published by McGraw-Hill (2008)
ISBN 10: 0071499881 ISBN 13: 9780071499880
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description McGraw-Hill, 2008. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service!. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0071499881

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
42.27
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Spear, Steven J.
Published by McGraw-Hill (2008)
ISBN 10: 0071499881 ISBN 13: 9780071499880
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description McGraw-Hill, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0071499881

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
44.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Spear, Steven J.
Published by McGraw-Hill (2008)
ISBN 10: 0071499881 ISBN 13: 9780071499880
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description McGraw-Hill, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110071499881

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
51.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.38
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Spear, Steven J.
Published by McGraw-Hill
ISBN 10: 0071499881 ISBN 13: 9780071499880
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Cloud 9 Books
(West Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description McGraw-Hill. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0071499881 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW4.0028506

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
57.27
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.96
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds