The antidote to corporate complexity, Speed Lead: Faster, Simpler Ways to Manage People, Projects and Teams in Complex Companies describes tried-and-tested techniques for making companies faster, easier to run and more satisfying for everyone involved. In his work with hundreds of the world's leading companies including Microsoft, Vodafone and Nokia, Kevan Hall has discovered that up to 50% of time is wasted in most offices, and that talented people spend more than 80% of their time on cooperation, communication and control in the workplace. Speed Lead incorporates this knowledge and Hall's experience of consulting and training more than thirty-five thousand people in over two hundred of the world's leading companies in order to combat these issues. His challenging but ultimately practical ideas have enabled organizations to significantly reduce international activity and project cycle times, build close international business relationships and curb the costs of unnecessary travel and expensive communication. Unravel the complexity of your corporation and utilize some of Hall's key principles, such as abolishing "bored" meetings and allowing your employees to make "good enough" decisions on their own. Speed Lead will have you on the fast track to streamlined business practices in no time!
Contents Acknowledgments Introduction Part I - Cooperation: The Old Ways Don't Work 1 Unraveling the Spaghetti 2 Dismal Meetings_Surprisingly Useful Coffee Breaks Part II - Lack of Communication? You Must be Joking! 3 So Many Things I Just Don't Need to Know 4 You've Got All the Time in the World Part III - Control: A Finger on the Pulse, Not a Grip on the Jugular 5 Breaking the Chains of Command 6 Expect More, Lead a Lot Less Part IV - Building Community Across Distance and Difference 7 Constant Disloyalty and the Keys to Community 8 Leave My Cultural Values Alone Epilogue: If Everything Seems Under Control, You're Not Going Fast Enough Index
Kevan Hall is the founder and CEO of Global Integration Ltd, a consultancy specializing in skills required to work in complex, international organizations. He works with companies around the world, including Microsoft, Cisco, Nokia, JP Morgan, GlaxoSmithKline, and Vodafone. He has practical experience in line management, manufacturing operations, HR, training, and strategic and market planning. He has lived in the UK and France, manages his own cross-cultural and remote organization, and is a regular speaker at international conferences. www.global-integration.com
"An eminently practical book, good at giving pragmatic, realistic tips that can help the reader to reexamine and reflect on one's practice, and change behavior without the guilt from being 'stuck' in an outdated managerial mindset. This is a well-organized and enthusiastic synthesis of good managerial practice." - People Management "Intensely practical. Hall's book is a highly stimulating guide to creating a more efficient business. Any global firm would benefit from the chapter on managing across time zones by organizing continuous 24-hour working." - Carol Kennedy, Director Magazine "Speed Lead is a practical antidote to corporate complexity. It brings managers tried-and-tested techniques for making companies faster, easier to run and more satisfying for their people." - Business Executive, Summer 2007