Summary of Mobilizing Minds

Creating Wealth From Talent in the 21st Century Organization

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Mobilizing Minds book summary
You may have to redesign your organization to be competitive in the 21st century.


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No territory remains uncharted in the competitive global marketplace. Companies of all sizes can compete for market share everywhere in the world. Victory can be fleeting, though. Even the most dominant businesses find challengers clawing at their pant legs. In these dynamic times, truly progressive organizations are becoming more nimble by making the most of their employees’ talents. Authors Lowell L. Bryan and Claudia I. Joyce believe the vertical, hierarchical corporate structure is no longer practical. Employees will not perform just because they are told to do so. Executives increasingly realize that they must engage their employees and challenge them to achieve their potential. While the authors’ textbook writing style may not suit everyone, getAbstract believes readers will find plenty of useful ideas about designing and restructuring organizations, especially large companies. The book is a good reference that shares common intellectual ground with others devoted to the art of management.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why organizational restructuring can ensure competitive viability
  • What type of structure works best for various companies
  • How a “talent pool” can bring out the best in your workforce


Blending Hierarchy with Flexibility
No company can expect to dominate a geographic area or customer segment unchallenged. Business competition around the world is growing fiercer as the Internet obliterates the distance between remote buyers and sellers, making markets more global. So ...
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About the Authors

Lowell L. Bryan is a Harvard M.B.A. and a senior partner at McKinsey & Company. Claudia I. Joyce is a principal at McKinsey & Company and a core member of the Financial Services and Strategy Practices.

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