Confronting Reality: Doing What Matters to Get Things Right

By Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan
Confronting Reality will change the way you think about and run your business. It is the first book that shows how to connect the big picture of the new era of business with the nitty-gritty of what to do about it. Through a completely new way to understand and use the business model as the primary tool for confronting reality--a breakthrough that will become the management innovation of this decade--you'll know sooner rather than later whether your fundamental business premise is under assault, where your best opportunities lie, what you should change and what you should leave alone, and how to realistically plan the future of your business.
The fundamentals of how a business makes money are being rapidly and permanently altered by sweeping structural changes. With their extraordinary depth and breadth of experience, Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan are the ideal guides for everyone--entrepreneur, mid-level manager, or CEO--about what is to be done so you can get things right in this challenging, radically changed world. They start by showing you how to understand the most fundamental element of any business: whether you can realistically make the money you hope to in the game you're playing.
Bossidy and Charan show how to use the business model to develop a robust, reality-based process for thinking about the speci?cs of your business in a holistic way. They show how to tie together the financial targets you must meet, the external realities you face, and internal activities such as strategy development, operating tactics, and selection and development of people.
Through the lens of the business model, as well as the skillful use of initiatives and development of people with the right leadership characteristics, you'll see how Robert Nardelli at Home Depot, Jim McNerney at 3M, Dick Harrington at the Thomson Corporation, Michael Wisbrun at KLM, Joseph Tucci at EMC, and John Chambers at Cisco confronted reality. Whether they faced crisis or opportunity, all made the right kinds of changes through a combination of business savvy (the art of understanding the fundamentals driving a business) and business model thinking.


NEWS & OPINION: The Big Picture

Posted March 17, 2006, 8:28 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
There's an email list that goes out called Ideas in the News (registration required; get it here). This week Ram Charan, co-author of Confronting Reality. It's titled Getting to the Bigger Picture In it, Ram coaches people on how to get to the bigger picture. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Richard Pachter's Best of 2004

Posted January 3, 2005, 4:06 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Richard Pachter posted his list of the best business books for 2004 last week. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Strategy and Business' Best Business Books of 2004

Posted December 20, 2004, 6:45 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
I know I am a little late on getting the Strategy and Business list posted, but here is a summary of the list with the books and the links to the articles. The first book under each heading s+b's top shelf pick for that subject: Strategy Confronting Reality by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan The Future of Competition by C. K. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Business Week Chooses Their Top for 2004

Posted December 13, 2004, 6:14 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Today, Businessweek published their top 10 business book of 2004. Their list includes: The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz The Future of Competition by C. K. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Miami Herald Reviews Confronting Reality

Posted November 16, 2004, 2:50 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Richard Pachter from the Miami Herald reviews Confronting Reality. He likes the book, having both read and listened to it. Read more


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Publish date 10/19/2004
Pages 264
ISBN-13 9781400050840
ISBN-10 1400050847
Language English

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