Must reading for leaders and consultants to leaders committed to creating a culture of execution, where conscious, focused communication and action becomes second nature. If your company is not as effective at implementing strategy as you’d like, if you are committed to taking your organization beyond what seems predictable, if you are an executive team member and are looking for ways to enliven the team, or if you are a new CEO, you need this book!
Karlin Sloan, CEO and author of Smarter, Faster, Better; Strategies for Effective, Enduring and Fulfilled Leadership
Easy to overlook great points
This little book reminds me of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations in that it is very concise but makes important points which make perfect sense but are often overlooked, ignored, glossed over, or given up on. Alignment is essential for any team of any kind to function at an optimal level, but is very rare. This book will impress upon you the high level that is achievable if desired, and instruct you about a process to attain it.
Scott C. Davidson
This little book makes three huge contributions to leadership development by:
1. Spelling out how senior executives can operate as a team
2. Defining alignment as “a relationship to decisions whereby you own them completely”
3. Cogently making the case that successful execution of organizational strategy is dependent upon achieving 1 and 2.
Must read for Executives and Consultants
I have spent the last 15 years helping top executive teams become successful. Working at MIT Sloan school on leadership, delivering programs with Harvard Business School professor Mike Beer that have turned into HBR articles on helping top teams be successful and having a long list of executive teams that I work with, there are no new creative ideas on helping executive teams. WRONG…Miles Kierson has delivered a ground breaking view on a new model that when applied has a significant impact on how a executive team work. Miles has a view on what an Aligned team means that really is transformational. “Alignment is a relationship to decisions where you own decisions as if they were yours, even if you don’t agree with the decision”… Now there is lots more but few small books add as much punch as this one.
My final comment…I have sent Miles book to all the CEO’s I work with. Not something I do very often…
Nicholas A Craig