Why Even Great Companies Fail: Diagnose the Symptoms and Cure Them!
GM. Ford. AT&T. Sears. Firestone. Krispy Kreme. Digital. Kodak. Once, they were riding high, the exemplars of business excellence. Then, disaster. Is your company headed for the same fate? How do you know? How do you change course? Find out. Shine a light on the dark places in your business. Uncover your self-destructive habits before they destroy you. The blinders, culture confl icts, and corporate denial. The competitive myopia. The focus on volume, not profits. Root them out—all of them. Then, instill the good habits your business needs: the habits of sustainable profitability and market leadership. This book shows you how—in detail, from start to finish.
Why do so many good companies engage in self-destructive behavior? This book identifies seven dangerous habits even well-run companies fall victim to–and helps you diagnose and break these habits before they destroy you. Through case studies from some of yesterday’s most widely praised corporate icons, you’ll learn how companies slip into “addiction” and slide off the rails...why some never turn around...and how others achieve powerful turnarounds, moving on to unprecedented levels of success. You’ll learn how an obsession with volume leads inexorably to rising costs and falling margins...how companies fall victim to denial, myth, ritual, and orthodoxy... how they start wasting vital energy on culture confl ict and turf wars...how they blind themselves to emerging competition...how they become arrogant, complacent, and far too dependent on their traditional competences. Most important, you’ll find specific, detailed techniques for “curing”–or, better yet, preventing–every one of these self-destructive habits.
1 Why Do Good Companies Go Bad? 1
2 Denial: The Cocoon of Myth, Ritual, and Orthodoxy 19
3 Arrogance: Pride before the Fall 45
4 Complacency: Success Breeds Failure 75
5 Competency Dependence: The Curse of Incumbency 105
6 Competitive Myopia: A Nearsighted View of Competition 133
7 Volume Obsession: Rising Costs and Falling Margins 165
8 The Territorial Impulse: Culture Conflicts and Turf Wars 199
9 The Best Cure is No Cure at All 231
10 Endnotes 249
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Dr. Jagdish N. Sheth is a world-recognized authority on global competition, strategic thinking, and customer relationship management. Dr. Sheth is Charles H. Kellstadt Chair of Marketing Strategy in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He has served as a distinguished faculty member at the University of Southern California, the University of Illinois, Columbia University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Sheth has published more than two dozen books and hundreds of research papers in different areas of marketing and business strategy; many are considered classics in their fields. His books include The Rule of Three: Surviving and Thriving in Competitive Markets and Tectonic Shift: The Geoeconomic Realignment of Globalizing Markets (both co-authored with Rajendra S. Sisodia). With Banwari Mittal, he co-authored ValueSpace: Winning the Battle for Market Leadership. He also co-authored Clients for Life with Andrew Sobel. His latest book, Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose (Wharton School Publishing), was co-authored with Rajendra Sisodia and David Wolfe.Review:
"This book will help every manager who thinks they are doing just fine. Bad habits can creep up on a company until they sap its effectiveness and destroy its profitability. This is the right check list to make sure you are not crippling your own company."
--Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives
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