Sure to become the definitive guide for leaders facing the challenges of rapid enterprise-wide transformation, this book is the first detailed release of Robert H. Miles’s proven Accelerated Corporate Transformation process – the ACT Method.
Many books on corporate transformation exist, often focusing on leadership styles and stories. This business manual goes further and deeper, providing frameworks, tools, and templates, to show what, when, and how a leader of enterprise-wide transformation should pace an organization through the essential transformation phases of Launch, Cascade, and Execute. The ACT approach is leader-led at all levels. It rapidly engages all employees and has reliably generated rapid breakthrough results across a wide variety of executive leaders, organizational types, and transformation challenges.
Complemented by an optional online course, this Guide will be an indispensable resource for anyone leading or supporting a rapid transformation in their organization. Line managers, strategy consultants, learning and development professionals, human resources managers, and anyone interested in the inner workings of top leadership circles will appreciate the insights this book provides.
The Guide is also available as an online course, Transformation Leader’s Guide: The Online Course.
Table of Contents
Preface: Transformation Insights 1. Transformation Leader’s Challenge: Gauging Your Organization's Readiness for Rapid Transformation 2. The Transformation Leader’s Accelerators 3. Accelerated Corporate Transformation: The Foundations 4. Structuring Your Transformation Launch 5. Crafting Your Launch Process 6. The Focus Phase 7. The Align Phase 8. The Engage Phase 9. The Execute Phase 10. Trasnformation Leader: Reflections on the Role
Robert H. Miles, Ph.D., President of Corporate Transformation Resources (www.corptransform.com), has been the principal process architect of over thirty major corporate and institutional transformations, which have been documented in a series of books and a popular Harvard Business Review article on "Accelerating Corporate Transformations – Don’t Lose Your Nerve!" Before launching his ACT practice, he served on the business school faculties at Alabama, Yale, Harvard, and Emory, and the Stanford Executive Institute.
"The Transformation Leader’s Guide. If anyone would have the accumulated wisdom to write a book with that title, it would be Bob Miles. This book ably and engagingly pulls from the arc of Miles’ career, interweaving his academic interest in discovering basic principles of organizational change with his consulting engagements that put principles into practice. In a clear example of how theory and practice can inform and enrich each other, the book takes the reader through the complexity of large-scale change, with insights and examples that will be of use to scholars and those with transformational aspirations alike."
John R. Kimberly, Bower Professor Emeritus, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
"Throughout his career, Bob Miles has been gifted in making sense of complex phenomena and organizing them into useful and understandable terms. In the chaotic and mystifying world of organizational transformation, Bob is among the very elite in capturing the essence of successful change. This book is a must read for leaders, change agents, scholars, and teachers who want to better understand how organizational transformation works, how to guide it, and how to help others implement it. This landmark book represents the summary of a lifetime of study and practice, and it is a rare treasure."
Kim S. Cameron, Kelly Professor Emeritus of Management & Organizations, University of Michigan
"This is an innovative and accomplished book by an author always at the centre of scholarship and practice in the field of leadership and change. Bob Miles articulates a grounded approach to corporate transformation built around the need to create, exploit and sustain positive energy for change over time. Crucial to the book's success is the step-by-step guide to top team leadership with its experience embedded in some of the great private and public sector organizations in the USA and beyond."
Andrew M. Pettigrew, OBE, FBA, Emeritus Professor of Strategy and Organisation, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
"If you want advice about accomplishing successful organizational change Bob Miles is a great source. He has succeeded in accomplishing it and this book communicates his accumulated wisdom. It will facilitate your success!"
Jay W. Lorsch, Kirstein Professor of Human Relations, Harvard Business School
"Today’s global business environment is full of turbulent seas. To navigate successfully you need to be able to steady your course with a solid strategy, adjust rapidly and keep everyone focused on their objectives. ACT is the seakeeping gyro that enables all of that and its creator, Bob Miles, has been the best corporate navigator in rough seas for decades. Over the last 27 years I have used ACT for a variety of business voyages that required rapid transformation with wonderful results."
Rodger E. Smith, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Oracle Utilities