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Colin Price and Sharon Toye, management consultants and organizational behavioral experts, draw upon an extraordinary library of data to create a blueprint companies can follow to change their cultures and accelerate overall improvement. They based their META framework – “Mobilize, Execute and Transform with Agility” – on the idea that businesses exist to fill customer needs, as well as to make a profit, and that they can best fulfill that mission by “reducing drag,” enhancing drive and improving organizational capabilities. The authors provide diagnostics in the book and online, allowing readers to pursue interactive learning even beyond the text’s “superaccelerator” case studies. However, as consultants have been known to do, they tend to attach fancy new names to familiar concepts and to repeat themselves. The META approach may seem overwhelming to execute, but the authors’ abundant charts, graphs, lists and examples are a big help. getAbstract finds that this thoughtful, comprehensive approach to organizational “transformation” outlines a daunting task, but it has a lot to offer those with the resources to build the “right recipe” for change.
About the Authors
Colin Price and Sharon Toye are leadership consultants at Heidrick & Struggles, where Price is an executive vice president and the global managing partner, and Toye is a partner in the London office. Toye writes for Business Strategy Review, Strategy+Business and Managerial Forensics. To assess whether your firm is a superaccelerator, see AccelerationAssessment.com