Know-How: The 8 Skills That Separate People Who Perform from Those Who Don't

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ram Charan
Narrator: Arthur Morey
Genres: Business & Economics
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: January 2007
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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The new grand theory of leadership by Ram Charan . . . The breakthrough book that links know-how--the skills of people who know what they are doing-- with the personal and psychological traits of the successful leader.
How often have you heard someone with a commanding presence deliver a bold vision that turned out to be nothing more than rhetoric and hot air? All too often we mistake the appearance of leadership for the real deal. Without a doubt, intelligence, vision, and the ability to communicate are important. But something big is missing: the know-how of running a business--the capacity to take it in the right direction, do the right things, make the right decisions, deliver results, and leave the people and the business better off than they were before.
For well over four decades, Ram Charan has been learning in the most visceral way the underlying reasons why leaders succeed and fail. As one of the most influential advisers to top management teams of leading companies around the world, he has had a front-row seat to observe the cause and effect of leadership practices and behaviors.
Ram Charan's insight into the real content of leadership provides you with the eight fundamental skills needed for success in the twenty-first century:
- Positioning (and, when necessary, repositioning) your business by zeroing in on the central idea that meets customer needs and makes money
- Connecting the dots by pinpointing patterns of external change ahead of others
- Shaping the way people work together by leading the social system of your business
- Judging people by getting to the truth of a person
- Molding high-energy, high-powered, high-ego people into a workingteam of leaders in which they equal more than the sum of their parts
- Knowing the destination where you want to take your business by developing goals that balance what the business can become with what it can realistically achieve
- Setting laser-sharp priorities that become the road map for meeting your goals
- Dealing creatively and positively with societal pressures that go beyond the economic value creation activities of your business
Know-How is the missing link of leadership. By showing how the eight know-hows link to, interact with, and reinforce personal and psychological traits, Ram Charan provides a holistic and innovative portrait of successful leaders of the twenty-first century.

Reviews (1)

know how

Written by Anonymous on December 27th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Interesting information about business and business leaders but not easy to translate into practice. Most all of it could be summarized in a page or two.

Author Details

Author Details

Charan, Ram

"Ram Charan is a highly acclaimed business advisor, speaker and author. Ram has coached some of the world?s most successful CEOs. For 35 years, he has worked behind the scenes at companies like GE, DuPont, Novartis, Pharmacia, Warner Lambert, Duke Energy, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Schering-Plough, Smith-Kline and Verizon.

Ram started his business career as a teenager working in the family shoe shop in India. He went on to earn an engineering degree and then MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School. He graduated from Harvard with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar. He then served on the Harvard Business School faculty.

Ram is known for his practical, real world perspective. His expertise runs deep in several areas of business:

* Profitable Growth * Business Acumen
* Leadership * Tools for Changing a Social System
* Corporate Governance * Global Matrix Organization
* Execution: Discipline of Getting Things Done * Innovation
* Succession & Leadership Pipeline * Building Top Management Teams

Ram is a favorite among executive educators. He won the Bell Ringer (best teacher) award at GE?s famous Crotonville Institute. He won the Best Teacher Award at Wharton and Northwestern. He was among Business Week?s top ten resources for in-house executive development programs.

Ram is a well-known author, whose books include Execution, written with Larry Bossidy, the former CEO of Honeywell. Execution reached number one on the Wall Street Journal list, and has been on the New York Time?s best-seller list for more than fifty weeks. Ram's other books include What the CEO Wants You to Know, Boards at Work, and Every Business Is a Growth Business. He also tailors his books for specific client companies such as Gateway, Ford and EDS. His new book Profitable Growth was released January 2004.

He's written articles for the Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Time, Information Week, Leader to Leader, Director's Monthly, Directorship, The Corporate Board and USA Today.

Ram is a director of Austin Industries and The Six Sigma Academy. He was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He serves as a co-host for the Fortune Forum on Corporate Governance and also serves on the National Association of Corporate Directors? Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance. Ram is based in Dallas, Texas."