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Palgrave Macmillan

The Executive Checklist

A Guide for Setting Direction and Managing Change

ISBN 9781137337436
Publication Date January 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Today's economy is rapidly shifting and extremely complex. As we enter this new commercial age, a global restructuring of the business world is underway. Executives must respond to this change by re-imagining their organizations' structures, enhancing product and service offerings, and leveraging emerging technological capabilities in order to keep their organizations vital for years to come.

Written for executives and those aspiring to become one, this book serves as a primer for how to set direction and manage change within the 21stcentury enterprise. Organized into easily accessible checklists, each chapter demystifies a key aspect of today's leadership challenge and outlines the steps necessary to revitalize today's businesses. The 'See It In Action' sidebars provide real world examples of how these concepts are already being implemented in businesses today, featuring companies such as CIGNA HealthCare, Forbes Insights, Virgin Records, DreamWorks Animation, Google, Molex, and Marriott International. Together, these chapter checklists encompass a guide that can be used to institute an overarching, enterprise-wide transformation program and make today's ultra-complex business world a little easier to manage.

James Kerr is the founder of the Best Practices Enterprise Group within Kerr Systems International, LLC. He is a published author, international lecturer, and well-respected management consultant specializing in corporate transformation, strategy formulation, business process redesign and Internet and technology management and planning. Consulting with many Fortune 100 firms, Jim can claim such diverse organizations as The Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, Mitsui Sumitomo, IBM and the Joint Chiefs of Staff as clients. A graduate of Bentley University, Jim earned an M.S. degree in Management Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - where he continues to teach graduate-level Strategic Planning courses in its Lally School of Management. He is the author of three previous books, The IRM Imperative (Wiley and Sons, 1989), Inside RAD (McGraw-Hill, 1991), and The Best Practices Enterprise (J. Ross Publishing, 2006).

1. Establish Leadership – The Foundation for Change
2. Build Trust – A Vital Component of Enduring Achievement
3. Strategy Setting – Translating Vision into Action
4. Engage Staff – The Way to Gain Support and Accelerate Success
5. Manage Work through Projects – A Means to Strategic Alignment
6. Renovate the Business –A Way to Become 'of Choice'
7. Seamlessly Integrate Technology–The Core to All We Do
8. Transform Staff –The People Part of Enterprise-wide Change
9. Renew Communications Practices –Transparency Improves Performance
10. Re-imagine the Organization – The Expressway to the Future
Postscript: A Bold Vision for Tomorrow's Organizations
A Last Word
About the Author


"James Kerr's The Executive Checklist will not only help you achieve your goals, but make getting there far easier and less stressful. In operating rooms and airline cockpits checklists save lives, and this book may very well save your professional life. Put it at the top of your book buying checklist."—August Turak, Forbes.com leadership contributor and Author of Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks
"James Kerr's The Executive Checklist is, indeed, a great checklist for business executives—a 'to do' list chock full of useful examples and wise advice. And we particularly like the fact that a number of Kerr's examples are bad examples: tales of managers or initiatives that were not successful. As business authors ourselves, we know how difficult it is to find these kinds of cases, which are usually even more instructive than the successes, and Kerr does a great job of tying the cases to his checklist of principles. The Executive Checklist is well worth the read!"—Don Peppers and Martha Rogers, Ph.D., authors of Extreme Trust: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage
"If you really want to change an organization, you need to be very clear what outcomes you want. The Executive Checklist does this and is also a practical, accessible, and comprehensive handbook for doing business in the 21st century. Any manager who wants to thrive in 'the new normal' needs this on their bookshelf."—David Bosdet, Executive Editor, Management-Issues.com
"Jim Kerr's The Executive Checklist belongs on your 'must read' list. There's something for executives in all sectors. As government leaders learn to embrace unprecedented change, this book offers profound strategies laid out with common sense and anchored in proven results that will help them set a new course of action."—Kevin Sullivan, Connecticut's Commissioner of Revenue Services and former Lt. Governor
"James Kerr provides a simple, everyday technique for successfully managing a business. All aspiring managers should learn from his excellent insights."—Neil Smith, author of New York Times bestseller How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things
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