Knowledge Library

Curated by BPI Network staff

Recommended Reading

Performance Management: Integrating Strategy Execution, Methodologies, Risk, and Analytics - Gary Cokins
Drawing on a deep reservoir of knowledge and experience gained from hundreds of customer engagements around the world, Gary Cokins offers an authoritative examination of the major dimensions of performance management. Cokins not only paints a rich and textured view of the major principles and concepts driving performance management implementations, he offers a nuanced look at the important subtleties that can spell the difference between success and failure.

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Navigating the Talent Shift: How to Build On-Demand Teams that Drive Innovation, Control Costs, and - Lisa Hufford
By 2020, 40 percent of the workforce won’t want to be your employee. That means managers and executives have to forget the old recruit-and-search for-months methods to acquire talent and revise their perception that “talent” is only full-time employees. The good news is that this talent allows you to achieve the biggest impact on your projects in the fastest time possible. In Navigating the Talent Shift, author Lisa Hufford introduces you to SPEED: a fast, and flexible talent strategy that shows companies how to access the 65 million people that make up the on-demand, specialized talent pool. This strategy shows you how to: Stop spending months searching for talent, have a team of on-demand talent at your fingertips, exponentially expand your talent pool, test ideas, and more.

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Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance - Mario Moussa, Madeline Boyer, and Derek Newberry
Tested and refined in Wharton's Executive Development Program, Committed Teams will help you gain buy-in for shared objectives, assign roles to the right people, and establish norms for effective collaboration.  Whether your team aims to execute a strategy, produce breakthrough innovations, collaborate across global boundaries, or launch a new venture, this how-to guide offers the pragmatic advice you need. 

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Pacing for Growth: Why Intelligent Restraint Drives Long-term Success - Alison Eyring

"It's a marathon, not a sprint." We hear this truism all the time, but in business there's constant pressure to go all out and never let up. Leaders are driven to set stretch targets, relentlessly reduce costs, launch new initiatives, expand into new markets, hire more people, develop more capabilities, and execute flawlessly. It all sounds great - until the company overextends itself and collapses like a badly trained racehorse in the home stretch. So what is the right pace for steady, sustainable growth? How do you know when to push yourself and when to back off? Growth consultant Alison Eyring (who also happens to be a distance runner) says the answer is what she calls Intelligent Restraint. Eyring shows precisely how you can evaluate your company's current capacity for growth so you can restrain yourself from exceeding it, no matter how tempting the supposed opportunities seem. Then she offers a set of practices for gradually building that capacity so you can grow steadily but sensibly in a way that strengthens your company instead of stretching it to the breaking point.

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Radical Business Model Transformation: Gaining the Competitive Edge in a Disruptive World - Carsten Linz, Günter Müller-Stewens, & Alexander Zimmermann
Many companies have a well-established business model. However, today companies are often relying on a business model that was fundamentally suited to a different era. As organizations try to adapt to a new environment they risk relying on improvements that only scratch the surface of developing a radically different value proposition. Based on rigorous research of companies that have successfully and radically re-designed their business model, Radical Business Model Transformation shows why they made the leap, what they had to do to achieve it and how it has transformed the potential for their organizations.

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The Sustainability Edge: How to Drive Top-Line Growth with Triple-Bottom-Line Thinking - Suhas Apte & Jagdish Sheth

Business leaders need to embrace sustainability in order to ensure the lasting success of their organizations. Co-authors Suhas Apte and Jagdish Sheth bring their expertise from practice and from academic to illustrate how business leaders can embed sustainability in a truly holistic and transformative way. Through an examination of such companies as Walmart, AT&T, IKEA and the Tata Group, Apte and Sheth have developed a proven and actionable framework rooted in the real world success of these companies. The case studies reveal how business leaders proactively engage, energize and promote market sustainability to all of their stakeholders including customers, employees, suppliers, investors and the government. The Sustainability Edge enables companies to critically engage their stakeholders and influence them to accept sustainability as part of their core mission.

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The Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age - David L. Rogers

Globally recognized digital expert David L. Rogers argues that digital transformation is not about updating your technology but about upgrading your strategic thinking. Based on Rogers's decade of research and teaching at Columbia Business School, and his consulting for businesses around the world, The Digital Transformation Playbook shows how pre-digital-era companies can reinvigorate their game plans and capture the new opportunities of the digital world. Rogers shows why traditional businesses need to rethink their underlying assumptions in five domains of strategy―customers, competition, data, innovation, and value. He reveals how to harness customer networks, platforms, big data, rapid experimentation, and disruptive business models―and how to integrate these into your existing business and organization.

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