Simply Effective: How to Cut Through Complexity in Your Organization and Get Things Done, Ron Ashkenas, Harvard Business Press, 2010.
This book is a must-read resource for managers looking to improve performance by simplifying structures, processes, products, and leadership behaviors. Complexity is a key issue for most organizations around the world in today's economy.
"This book offers profound, insightful, and straightforward advice on how to get things done."– Dave Ulrich, Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; Partner, RBL Group.
"In our increasingly complex business world, we need
to constantly find ways to simplify the way we do things. Ashkenas
draws upon his vast experience as a consultant to give us a practical
and straightforward roadmap for simplification." – Andreas Fibig, Chairman of the Board of Management, Bayer Schering Pharma AG.
A great book for any senior manager ... full of
practical tools and examples for countering complexity and getting real
results." – Jim McNerney, Chairman, President and CEO, The Boeing Company.
"Overcoming complexity is the management challenge
of the 21st century and for the financial services industry in
particular. If you don't want complexity to become as inevitable as
death and taxes (with similar consequences) you need to read this book."
–Peter R. Fisher, Managing Director, Co-Head of Fixed Income Portfolio Management Group, BlackRock.