Summary of Making It Happen

Reflections on Leadership

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Making It Happen book summary
Success in business ultimately depends on how you handle your most important asset – people.


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Computers are smaller and faster than ever. Cell phones seem to acquire more bells and whistles every day. Mind-boggling advances in technology are changing the practice of business. Yet John Harvey-Jones, former chairman of Imperial Chemical Industries, one of the world's largest chemical companies, maintains that the basic tenets of leadership - decisiveness, daring, patience, empathy and know-how - will never change, regardless of external developments and advances. Boiled down to its essence, business is about dealing fairly and honestly with people, and determining the best ways to motivate them for maximum productivity. Harvey-Jones discusses in detail the CEO's relationship with the board of directors, effective time management, and the inevitable psychological and intellectual battles that leaders must fight. The book's recurring theme is a strong emphasis on business fundamentals, insights based on Harvey-Jones' many years of experience at the highest peaks of business. getAbstract encourages not only CEOs and presidents but also upper-level managers who harbor lofty ambitions to benefit from his astute observations.

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About the Author

Legendary business leader Sir John Harvey-Jones received the British Institute of Management Gold Medal in 1985. In 1986 he received the J.O. Hambro Businessman of the Year Award and the Society of Chemical Industry Centenary Medal. He holds honorary doctorates from six British universities.

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