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Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team’s Productive Power

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  327 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Author(s): Michael C. Mankins & Eric Garton ISBN: 9781633691766 Binding: Hardcover Published: 2017-04-01 Business leaders know that the key to competitive success is smart management of scarce resources. That’s why companies allocate their financial capital so carefully. But capital today is cheap and abundant, no longer a source of advantage. The truly scarce resources no ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2017 by Harvard Business Review Press
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Stephen Redwood
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
Business books are like self-help books. They generally speak to a reader who is looking to find a magical solution to finding a more productive and meaningful set of outcomes. They also have to take a set of complex variables and distill them down to an easily memorable essence that denotes where to focus ones energy. The number of elements can seldom be singular - too simplistic, nor binary - not enough credibility, but three is a perfect number - enough to indicate a degree of complexity whil ...more
Mackenzie Orlosky
First book club book for Tucson Office - learned a lot of what our company does well & where we can improve.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was mostly a rehash of things I've read before but was packaged with a large dose of pretentiousness and business lingo. Two Bain guys want to impress you with their erudition and marvel at best practices that in many cases are more gag producing than inspirational.

The point that tipped me over the edge was their description of the Spotify culture of agility. They wrote: "It lowers the cost of failure through a decoupled architecture, so that a failure has a “limited blast radius” and
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
The concept that is described in this book:
Productive power of your organization = Talents + Energy - Organisational drag

The authors disassemble each of the components in very clear and structured way while supporting the explanation with the examples from the practice of modern companies like Netflix, AB InBev, etc.

I loved the first sentence of the Energy chapter: "No one ever washed a rental car", which illustrates perfectly the reason why a lot of people are not inspired neither engaged in b
J. Wootton
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: job
An elaboration of a handful of research articles published in the Harvard Business Review, this book is mainly for large organizations that grew too rapidly or too inattentively to reflect on the bureaucratic habits and wasteful processes that often accompany growth. It's therefore also a helpful read for mid-sized organizations that want to understand why they've stalled in the wake of growth, as well as small organizations aiming to grow.

The chapters in this book are unevenly valuable ("Talent
Rodrigo Acras
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Andrew Hill
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
My Financial Times review: ...more
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent advice for minimizing the organizational drag!
Great book with practical advice and recent research to develop solutions in organizations, so that they can implement their productive power and become a more competitive company. A few years ago a new perspective on company success has been emerging and the focus is now on staff as human capital, where it is intended that investing in its development will result in economic gains and benefits for the organization. That is why it is vital
Tathagat Varma
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every #organization today is looking at restoring and/or improving #agility. While there are lots of models, tools and techniques, most of them miss the root cause by miles. They don't recognize the cradle of lost agility, and instead mistreat the symptoms by an overdose of more so-called #agile processes. And if the organization happens to be large, then there is invariably a bigger dose of #scaling frameworks. It's almost like bringing a knife to a gunfight! No wonder none of that really works ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Boosting your company's performance cannot just be achieved by throwing money at it, even though capital is relatively cheap and available. Instead it can come by having a great, focussed, empowered and talented team working in unison.

This book tries to turn around common thinking, offering a mix of practical and theoretical advice to great effect, by leveraging collective, quality actions. The authors consider what can slow a company down, as well as what demotivates and disincentives its emplo
Toyin A
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it

This book focused on helping organisations/businesses/leaders manage time, talent and resources with the same care applied to managing financial capital.

There are a number of practical advices given. My attention was drawn to the '3 ways to simplify your operating model'. I read that part repeatedly as it brings to light the complexity involved in making simple decisions.

The writers also made a point of demonstrating how assembling the right people for a task yields more output and productivity
Timothy Moore
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This business management and strategy book offered some very solid, non-fluffy arguments and techniques for capitalizing on an organization's most important asset- it's people. More than other books and articles I've read, it provides research-backed proof that a company will be more productive and have larger profit margins if you focus on getting rid of bureaucracy, being cognizant of time sucking communication, properly leveraging talented employees and not just engaging people, but inspiring ...more
Mustafa Abulrub
the book talks about three elements that help achieve the optimum performance of a company and stop what is called "drag" also it touches upon talent, obtaining and maintaining talents and ways to polish them.
it emphasizes the need for engagement and enthusiasm so that people feel ownership and accountability at work.
pretty good book to open ones mind on such concepts but I dont consider it and eye opener to how this is achieved.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Powerful book on leadership. It's amazing to look back on my career and the places that were awesome followed the basic idea of this book. The places that weren't awesome ... Didn't follow.

Fair warning: reading this will cause you to question how you can constantly inspire those around you and make you want you work with companies that inspire you since that's a prerequisite to inspiring those around you.

Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Read this one for a book group at work. I did a lot of thinking "yes, I can see that" and "yes, that makes sense."However, for the level I'm at in my organization, I didn't find most of it to be very applicable. I wasn't inspired, nor did I find any takeaways of things to really work on in my day-to-day job. I did think it offered line of sight into the direction our upper leadership may be taking, as this was assigned reading at the highest levels. ...more
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting book for those who are at high positions in companies, because the book suggests many ideas that would be great to be applied, but this is only possible for those who have power in the company. But at the same time, the book gives hope for those lower-level employees that someday we will be able to find companies that value our abilities and work to create an environment of development and inspiration for those who really want to work hard for the company.
Steven Raft
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great insight into how to leverage your team

I was recently contemplating writing a business book about how to harness your employees' attitude, passion, and energy to create a radical shift in the company. Now I don't have to because this great book deals with the same issues wonderfully.
Hitesh Bhuraria
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The book helps to bring into focus and be aware of organizational drag and culture. Aspects often neglected by managers. However, would have loved to see a more solid data driven approach to the topics. It would also have made for a more compelling read.
Erik Abelsson
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love the clear concept of the book with one simple model that lays the foundation for the whole book. Provides both toretical frameworks as well as very good real life examples.
Scott Wozniak
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's not wrong, but there's nothing new and it's way too academic/corporate in its language. Ended up being a boring read. ...more
Sharon Mangelinkx
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting look at employees and how a company can operate most effectively from a leadership perspective.
David Spotts
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book on management.
Farhan Lalji
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not bad, couple of interesting passages and insights around Spotify and working models.
Nacho Bassino
Dec 19, 2018 added it
Shelves: business
Although it is a good compendium of recommendations, I finished the book feeling I had nothing quite actionable.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lots to process and implement, but sound case for taking action and specific steps to doing so.
Branislav Bajlovski
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
If there wasn't part three, I would rate it with two stars. ...more
Zed Yeo
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SW recommended this to me. Enjoyed it thoroughly.
Alexander Sickert
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book.
Kathy Cowie
To be reviewed in the May-June issue of Global Business and Organizational Excellence.
1. “Decision Rights” for who decides what.

2. Recommend - course of action

3. Input - IT dept

4. Agree - legal and compliance

5. Decide - an accountable person

6. Perform - execute to get results

7. Clarity - who is accountable for important decisions. Well-defined decision roles.

8. Shrink the pyramid

9. Responsibility vs. Authority

10. Organizational Drag - unnecessary complex layers that slow down productivity.
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Michael C. Mankins is a partner in Bain & Company's San Francisco office and a leader in the firm's Organization practice. He is also a senior member of Bain's Strategy and Industrial Goods & Services practices. Much of his work has focused on the strategic and organizational initiatives that drive performance and long-term value. ...more

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