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Managing a successful turnaround is tough, and it requires tough actions by "company doctors" who gallop in to rescue companies from the brink of financial death. Although most management projects require subtlety and tact, turnarounds need quick, blunt actions, such as firing top managers or selling unprofitable divisions. Stuart Slatter, David Lovett and Laura Barlow present a blueprint for people engaged in turnarounds. Using interviews with 80 turnaround specialists in the United Kingdom, the authors make their point – often more than once. The most interesting and useful parts of this volume are the short, boxed case studies in each chapter. getAbstract recommends this informative book on a little-known business topic to creditors, attorneys, accountants, venture capitalists and curious managers, as well as to specialized consultants who may become involved in turnarounds.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What happens during a corporate turnaround;
  • Why turnaround leaders need different skills from day-to-day leaders;
  • What seven steps turnaround leaders must take immediately; and
  • What 10 key principles can help failing companies find their way back to business basics.

About the Authors

Stuart Slatter is a founding partner of a firm that consults on corporate turnarounds. He is a visiting fellow in strategic and international management at the London Business School and the author of Gambling on Growth and Corporate Turnaround. David Lovett is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, as well as a fellow and founding member of the Society of Turnaround Professionals. Laura Barlow is a director of a turnaround and restructuring practice, and has worked with numerous companies. She is a chartered accountant.



The Leadership Factor
Leading an ailing company requires different leadership skills from leading a healthy one. A corporate turnaround team makes abrupt, often unwelcome changes, such as reducing staff and implementing financial controls, in a short time. The arrival of leadership is ...

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