How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things


Most management books are written based on a theory and then look for empirical evidence and observations to support the theory. This book, How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things, starts with a different approach and attempts to provide a live solution rather ice cold theories.


The book talks about change management, consulting, psychology and troubleshooting. It starts with observation for years. Then similar phenomenon is found and grouped them up to 8 barriers of change management. Followed with 12 Principles for breaking barriers.


The book is classified as Management in my blog.

About Author

Neil Smith, CEO of Promontory Growth and Innovation (PGI), has for the last 20 years focused on helping large corporations dramatically improve performance and profitability by growing revenues and innovatively reducing costs. Smith has led initiatives across a number of industries with some of the strongest companies in the U.S. including, Mellon Bank, Willis, and North American Van Lines. He recently spearheaded the highly visible initiative across Bank of America, and a firm he co-founded was responsible for projects at Heinz, Detroit Edison and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. His efforts have helped increase profits at top companies by 20 percent or more. Patricia O’Connell, former Management Editor at Bloomberg, brings more than 20 years of writing and editing in a variety of subjects, including business, leadership, and strategy. With contributions from Dr. Richard Levak, a nationally recognized personality expert who has been in private practice for over thirty years and has a growing practice in organizational consulting, assisting businesses with executive hiring, development and teambuilding.


I buy this book, “How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things”, because I don’t want my company to do dumb things. So, I buy it and check out what others are doing. By reading it, I can learn lessons from them rather than doing it ourselves.

This book is a very interesting book and the stories are live. It introduces 12 principles for change management and a very simple methodology as a template. It is a good read for small business, maybe even enterprise.

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