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No Dumbing Down: Aligning Your Organization for Sustainable Growth
Karen honed her expertise during the 14 years she worked at Compaq Computer. She joined the fast-growing company as its 104th employee and helped lead it to its first $1 billion in revenue. As vice president of operating services, she helped spur the company to more than $15 billion in value. After leaving Compaq, she started her own consultancy, Oneteam, to work with the senior leaders of startups, Inc. 500 and Fortune 500 firms. The outcomes of the executives she advises include IPOs, acquisitions, market share increases and leadership development.
Tune in to discover:
■ Why an emphasis on sales and revenue growth at the expense of building internal infrastructure can be detrimental to a company.
■ The five internal strategies that support external company growth: No Dumbing Down, Double Back, Play Bumper Cars, Become a Utility and Learn to Levitate■ How to get to work implementing the strategies in your company
■ What company leaders should be Talking Business Now about in 2019
No Dumbing Down: A No-Nonsense Guide for CEOs on Organization Growth is a book for a company’s senior-most leaders. It teaches them how to do a job only they can do: aligning the organization’s internal and external strategies for profitable, sustainable growth. Why do leaders need this guidance? The problem is misunderstanding what it takes to grow. When most companies try to grow, they invariably over focus on sales and revenue-growth — at the expense of making sure they’ve aligned the infrastructure needed to support that growth. The result? Sales outpace the company’s ability to fulfill its promises. Suddenly, product quality drops; employees get overwhelmed by rework; customers grow dissatisfied as commitments are missed; firefighting becomes the norm; top people run for the exits; and the company’s reputation tanks. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Karen’s work with organizations from Fortune 500s to Inc. 500 start-ups, creating the infrastructure they need to start and sustain growth, substantiates the 5 strategies and keys for execution outlined in this book. Her motto truly is “no dumbing down.”
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