The Agenda

Version: Abridged
Author: Michael Hammer
Narrator: Michael Hammer
Genres: Business & Economics, Management & Leadership
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: October 2001
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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In the 1980s it was In Search of Excellence. In the 1990s it was Reengineering the Corporation. Now, at the break of the 21st century, it will be The Agenda, the audiobook that will guide and focus management thinking for the next decade.

Michael Hammer is the co-author of Reengineering the Corporation, one of the legendary books in business publishing. It was an international bestseller with more than two million copies sold and spent many weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

Reengineering was a huge success becasue it helped renew American business at a time when it was being eclipsed by foreign competitors. The Agenda is, in fact, Phase II of that revolutionary approach to business. It pushed business even further, showing managers and executives how to reorient their efforts to achieve growth and excellence because of—not in spite of—today's powerful customers.

At the heart of The Agenda are Michael Hammer's nine principles that everyone who makes decisions in business must know—from the imperative to redefine a company in customer terms and the value of measuring performance where it really matters to ways of institutionalizing the ability to adapt and change.

Every business person needs a vision that springs from the opportunities and challenges of his or her own time. With insight, focus, and an energizing sense of optimism, The Agenda meets that need today.

Reviews (4)


Written by Mary Schweitzer on August 5th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is oldy but a still a valid book on process improvement.


Written by Anonymous on February 16th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This author is annoyingly thrilled with himself and his groundbreaking new business theory. I did not bother to finish listening to all of it.


Written by Anonymous on January 3rd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I don't think it should take two weeks of driving 3+ hours per day to get through a 5-CD set of talking, but this guy yapped it up with advice from an individual who has never set a "real" foot in business outside of MIT. yada, yada, yada

Not so hot, just ok

Written by Anonymous on September 21st, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I felt like the author was just rehashing advice from his previous book, reengineering the corporation. And his voice is annoying and style condescending.

Author Details

Author Details

Hammer, Michael

Dr. Michael Hammer is the leading exponent of the concept of reengineering. He was named by BusinessWeek as one of the four preeminent management gurus of the 1990s and by Time as one of America's 25 Most Influential Individuals. He lives in Massachusetts.