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Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  162 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The secret of achieving and sustaining organizational excellence revealed In an ever-changing world where only a third of excellent organizations stay that way over the long term, and where even fewer are able to implement successful change programs, leaders are in need of big ideas and new tools to thrive. In Beyond Performance, McKinsey & Company's Scott Keller and Coli ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Wiley (first published June 1st 2011)
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Bibhu Ashish
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved each and every page of the book.The authors have not only given a framework but have provided a plan of execution for achieving excellence.The concepts and principles given in this book not only apply to the organization but also can be applied to achieve excellence in one's personal life.Would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the DNA of organizations which achieve continuous growth and excellence.The strength of the book lies on the fact that so many case studies ha ...more
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Jacob Lehman
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Like many business books, this feels like it oversells the certainty and then underdelivers on the tactics/tools to achieve the purported results. Despite that issue, there is a compelling case made for the use of stories and modeling behaviors, and structured approach to rollout of new behaviors in an organization.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting, but I only scan-read it because it was something on my shelf from my previous career which I hadn't gotten around to reading. Likely to be useful for people in organisational transformation roles.
El libro es repetitivo, afirma reiterativamente lo seguro de su metodología, que por cierto no es novedosa, es una recopilación de diversas fuentes de otros autores actuales, y pasados.
La tercera edición que promueve desde ahora, no parece que vaya introducir nada nuevo.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
В целом есть определенный инструментарий, готовый к применению.
Nadeen Matthews
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Good overview of why organizational health makes good business sense. A lot of empirical data. Maybe too much but makes clear a lot of research went into book
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Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage by Scott Keller and Colin Price was chosen by Soundview Executive Book Summaries as one of the Top 30 Business Books of 2011.


The achievement of success is only 50 percent of the struggle for the majority of companies. Once a company reaches a level of prosperity, the ability to sustain (or, more likely, increase) the profits, good publicity and employee satisfaction is, some would argue, more di
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Some of the ideas in this book are inspiring, but the concepts are for the leaders of large organisations. The book lacks simple solutions, fast wins and "street smarts", it is too much sophistication, there are tens of models to be implemented and it is quite technical. Generally good for strategic consultants but I am not sure if the concepts are actionable enough.
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very very good - the only thing that is not covered is cross-cultural specifics of change management and organizational health management - but anyway it is very well written piece of structured approach to improve organizations. For me, as an org consultant, it was not that new but I liked it.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The 5-A framework (Aspire, Assess, Architect, Act, Advance) and emphasis on both performance and health for organization change management are great. Highly recommended to leaders and whoever wants to get their bosses' buy-in.
Raj Shankar
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: strategy-growth
Very interesting book. Heavy reading! Opens up new areas of thinking...
David Highton
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
A compelling and evidence based hypotheses which resonates strongly with my own CEO experience; looking forward to using it in a new environment
Fred Zimny
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Up to now one of the best management book of this decade.

Review will be written before Eastern 2012
Denis Korsunov
Dec 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Boring to read, really. Manual or textbook kind of book.
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