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How Cohesive is your Company? — A Leadership Parable

Top-notch business performance is impossible until you cohesively align mission, vision, goals, strategies, execution & culture

"An easy read with a compelling message. Gets to the heart of the organizational challenges and pitfalls leaders face. Leaders at every level in the organization must take stock of the need to transform their business and themselves."

Larry Kellner
Former Chairman and CEO
Continental Airlines

"As the book unfolds, you find yourself holding your breath or squirming in your seat because you can see the metaphorical train wreck coming. This book allows you to see not only the tools, but experience their application in situations that ring true to experienced leaders.

"Reading How Cohesive is your Company? will force you to rethink your leadership approach. It will hone your skills and lead you to try some new approaches. Every serious leader will find nuggets of value in reading this book."

Kim Denney
Chief Administrative Officer
Air Liquide USA LLC

"How Cohesive is your Company? is an innovative approach using a novel format to bring together all the strategic elements of running an enterprise. What makes this so powerful is that it translates somewhat sterile concepts from traditional strategy textbooks into the richness of the human experience and dialogue so crucial to their understanding and effective implementation. It is a great informative read for both experienced and emerging leaders."

Lane Sloan
Former President
Shell Chemical

"The method in How Cohesive is your Company? is more succinct than that taught in my MBA strategic planning class. It is critical for companies to use a structured and systematic approach for their strategic planning. Even seasoned executives could benefit from a refresher/reminder of the principles contained in this book."

Steve Anderson
Senior Consultant
Decision Strategies

"How Cohesive is your Company? offers valuable, practical insights into developing and executing strategy. Anyone who has had to be a change agent in a company with set ways will benefit from the concepts presented, particularly with respect to the impact required on the organization's culture."

Robert Peiser
President, National Association of Corporate Directors, Houston Chapter
President and CEO, Omniflight

"How Cohesive is your Company? is particularly well-suited to the classroom setting as a complement to standard texts and articles on strategic management. It goes well beyond a typical case study by addressing not only key principles in strategy, but also presenting the people and organizational issues that inevitably complicate the subject."

Osama I. Mikhail, PhD
Professor and Director
Fleming Center for Healthcare Management
University of Texas, School of Public Health

"Why is that sometimes CEOs with extensive industry background still fail? While, CEOs from other industries come in and successfully turnaround those failing companies? The answer is certain fundamental management and leadership aspects. How Cohesive is your Company? does a masterful job of seamlessly and succinctly tying together these important aspects for running and growing an organization. No manager can ignore or escape from the issues addressed in this business parable."

Sharad Borle, PhD
Associate Professor of Marketing
Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management
Rice University

"How Cohesive is your Company? engaged me in its story so deeply, I felt I was in the CEO’s seat. I experienced the CEO’s emotions, and felt I was struggling with the issues he faced.

"Having read the book, I am much more sensitive about how I enroll those important to my success into partnership with me. This story provides lots of opportunity for self evaluation."

JOHN O’DELL
DIRECTOR, ALUMNI DEVELOPMENT
C.T. BAUER COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
FORMER CEO, EXTREMETIX

"Most entrepreneurs have powerful ideas and undying passion, but many lack the experience and perspective to successfully manage and grow their companies.

"How Cohesive is your Company? is an easy-to-follow resource for helping entrepreneurs understand and appreciate what they are lacking — in business management and leadership skills. An absolute must-read and must-follow for achieving business success."

ASHOK RAO
PRESIDENT, THE INDUS ENTREPRENEURS, HOUSTON CHAPTER;
CEO, EXCALIBUR PICTURES

"How Cohesive is your Company? is an entertaining and insightful parable that highlights how a pragmatic leader can help a troubled company to succeed, and a successful company to thrive. Don’t miss the nuggets of wisdom in this book."

WALTER ULRICH
PRESIDENT & CEO
HOUSTON TECHNOLOGY CENTER

"How Cohesive is your Company? takes on the difficult issues facing corporations by realistically depicting the environment and the challenges. This book provides a distillation of the concepts critical for effective strategic planning and execution.

"Every executive should understand and appreciate the concepts in this book to eliminate ambiguity and confusion in their organization. It will help improve focus on the critical drivers for the business, and improve alignment among teams and team members."

SANJAYA SOOD
GLOBAL VICE PRESIDENT
SCHLUMBERGER

"How Cohesive is your Company? coherent strategy and execution changed my perspective on leading and running a company. I knew I needed improvements in my organization, and I had tried to solve them myself, but never quite succeeded at the level I knew was possible.

"This book has provided me the context, the baby-steps to crystallize the strategic aspects of my business, and the method to bring it all together. If you are leading an organization, you are doing yourself a disservice by not implementing what is in this book."

BRYANT PRICE
PRESIDENT AND CEO
AGAMA ADVERTISING

"To succeed, entrepreneurs need both creativity and discipline. The business management method offered in How Cohesive is your Company? is a valuable tool to help entrepreneurs strike the balance between structure and flexibility. Every entrepreneur must answer the practical questions this book raises."

PAUL FRISON
FOUNDING CEO AND EXECUTIVE VICE CHAIRMAN
HOUSTON TECHNOLOGY CENTER

 

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