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Take the most capable, brilliant, hard-working managers you can find. Put them in a flawed organizational scheme, where individuals have no real accountability. The end result: failure for the managers and the organization. Management consultant Brian Dive contends that many companies fail to devise organizational structures that make executives and managers fully accountable for their decisions and actions, or that tie their performance to specific goals. Dive says such firms become inflated and bureaucratic. They end up rewarding people on the basis of arbitrary criteria that have little or nothing to do with their objectives. Dive claims that leadership requires real accountability, which in turn requires sound organizational design. Having posited this necessity, he then tells you how to analyze your management structure. getAbstract recommends his practical approach to developing a framework that lets your leaders lead.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why leadership accountability is vital
  • How efficient organizational design fosters accountable leadership
  • How to develop new leaders
  • How to determine the layers of management your company needs

About the Author

Brian Dive is a manager, consultant and writer who has worked on various business assignments in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and New Zealand.



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