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It's sad when a child capable of getting an A turns in a C+. That's what Random House Audible has done with the audiobook version of Bossidy and Charan's EXECUTION. This is the triumph of bad design over sound content.
There is no doubt about Larry Bossidy's ability to get things done and to create an environment where others do the same. Based on his record, the authors have developed a compelling vision of the CEO as the man or woman who stays close enough to the details of his operation and the people who make it or break it to push through to success. Here are techniques and attitudes that deserve repeated listening.
Sadly, too few will have the perseverence to pick up the gold nuggets that Bossidy and Charan have scattered across the terrain, for Random House failed them miserably in the design. First, none of the three voices makes for pleasant listening. Bossidy's is harsh, though the best of the three. Through no fault of his own, Charan's South Asian accent will prove hard sledding for many North American listeners. John Bedford Loyd fine stage voice is stentorian in this format, and he comes across as condescending and sarcastic. Worse, the three voices seem mixed and, alas, unmatched as though thrown together at random rather alternated at seams in the book's development.
The audio version is not organized in a way that helps the listener grasp the book's rhythm. The musicial prelude and postlude is great material, but has not been used as it should have been to mark chapter divisions. A brief paragraph introducing a new chapter or section would have segmented the book and made it much more accessible to the harried listener, to whom the whole thing comes across as a slightly bizarre monologue of three voices.
This is just good pedagogy. Audiobook producers everywhere consider it their bread and butter. What was going on at Random House Audible?
Great material. 'Shame about the presentation.
31 of 32 people found this review helpful
The principles in this book are good, but the book is written to people in a 1000+ employee organization. By far the worst reading of any book I've listened to so far. It has multiple narrators, one is difficult to understand because of an accent, the other has a harsh voice. It is very difficult to tune your ear to narrators that are so unique and change so often. I would NOT recomend the audio version of this book. The written version may be better due to the ability to better identify the core principles and NOT have the authors' narrating.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Enjoyed listening to the chapters of this book. Well narrated using real case studies. It would certainly add value to those are interested in finding a structured way of execution right from strategy setting to managing performance during and after execution.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
The basic premise is one of companies that thrive do so because they are able to execute outcomes better. This is sound in itself.
What did you like best about this story?
Talks about the 3 interlinking parts of execution, which is the strategy process, the people process and the operations process. I liked how the three fit each other and how the should ideally reinforce one another for best effect.
Have you listened to any of John Bedford Lloyd’s other performances? How does this one compare?
This is the first one of John that I have heard. He was really good. The books also had inputs from Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan. Sadly Ram's voice was not the easiest to follow.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
This is a business book so not going to be moved by it. However I really enjoyed the letter to a new leader at the end.
Any additional comments?
Overall a good however most of the examples where from the late 90s and early 2000s. Would have liked to have had some new examples.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful