Business Climate Shifts

1st Edition

Profiles of Change Makers

Authors: Warner Burke William Trahant Richard Koonce
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750671866
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 18th November 1999
Page Count: 256


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Business Climate Shifts: Profiles of Change Makers contains a wealth of CEO wisdom about how companies today can successfully manage change in response to rapidly changing business conditions. Includes a compelling overview of the factors and forces driving rapid and often "discontinuous" change in business today - e.g. globalization, the disruptive influence of new technologies, growing electronic connectivity among far flung financial markets, and the rise of e-business among others -- and assesses the short and long-term significance of these trends for the long-term viability of companies in all industries. Among the "change makers" profiled in this book: Lord Colin Marshall, Chairman of British Airways; Robert Bauman, former CEO of SmithKline Beecham; Bill Henderson, U.S. Postmaster General; Jane Garvey, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration; Fred Poses, President of AlliedSignal; Sir Richard Evans, Chairman of British Aerospace; and Errol Marshall, CEO of Shell South Africa, among others.

Key Features

Features interviews with some of the most significant transformational leaders of our time Foreword written by Warren Bennis Contains in-depth analyses of what's required to ensure successful and sustainable transformation


CEOs, COOs, CIOs, Senior HR Executives, and Managers

Table of Contents

Phase Shifts: Managing Chaos and Convergence in Today's Business Environment; Identifying the Drivers of Organizational Performance in Your Company; No Simple Shell Game: How and Why Royal Dutch Shell is Reinventing Itself at Both the Global and Local Level. (Interviews with Mac McDonald, head of Shell's Internal Transformation Team, and Errol Marshall, CEO of Shell South Africa); Only the Vigilant Survive: The SmithKline Beecham Merger Story (Interview with former SmithKline Beecham CEO Robert Bauman); We Were Profitable but Not Competitive: The Premier Bank Reengineering Story (Interview with Lee Griffin, CEO of Bank One of Louisiana) ; Plane Talk about Change: How Lord Colin Marshall Transformed British Airways Into a Customer-Service Powerhouse; The Learning Leader: How AlliedSignal Uses Learning to Drive Business Transformation (Interviews with Fred Poses, President and CEO of AlliedSignal, and Donnee Ramelli, AlliedSignal's Vice President of Learning and Organization Development); Delivering the Future: The Changing Face of Today's Postal Service (Interview with Bill Henderson, CEO and Postmaster General, U.S. Postal Service); Managing Growth in a Shrinking Marketplace: How British Aerospace is Reinventing Itself for the Next Century (Interview with British Aerospace CEO, Sir Richard Evans); Let "Service to Customers" Drive Your Company's Structure (Profiles of USAA, Mercedes-Benz USA, and Sun MicroSystems); Beating the Millennium Bug: How the FAA Created a Culture of Commitment and Accountability to Solve the Y2K Problem (Interviews with FAA Administrator Jane Garvey, and Ray Long, Director of Y2K Preparedness); The Case for Charismatic Leadership: Why Former NatWest Bancorp EVP Roger O. Goldman Banks on the Power of Personality to Help Drive Change (Interview with Roger Goldman, former EVP of NatWest Bank ); Epilogue: The Future of Change


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About the Author

Warner Burke

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Psychology and Education and Chair of the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University

William Trahant

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he serves as the Director of the firm's International Center of Excellence for Change Management.

Richard Koonce

Affiliations and Expertise

Author, business columnist, interviewer, and organizational consultant to Fortune 500 companies