Review of William F Brandt Jr.’s COMPASS: Creating Exceptional Organizations


One of the principal reasons why this management guide (which I was invited to review) is superior to most of the others I have read is that the author demonstrates he has read widely and learned from what he has read – that is, after all, always going to be a feature that pleases a teacher. From as early as p.28, when author William F. Brandt Jr. shows how an article in the Harvard Business Review helped him reshape the strategy for his company at a time of impending doom, the text is usefully informed by lessons learned from a wide range of reading.

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Business Leadership at a Time of Economic Crisis

At times of good economic conditions, many businesses can chug along more or less successfully because customers have confidence and people are generally not too demanding. However, when times get difficult, the whole environment changes and, all of a sudden it seems, customers are short-tempered, demanding and flighty. At the same time, suppliers start to chase payment, credit dries up and employees spend their time making contingency plans in case the whole enterprise goes belly up.

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Business Leadership: Change Management

It is often argued that for meaningful change to take place in an organization, then it must have the open support of top management. This seems to be intuitively true (although empirical evidence is, as so often in the case of management issues, somewhat nebulous) since it is clear that most people dislike change for one reason or another.

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Business Leadership: The Learning Organization

A learning organization is one which in a systematic and progressive way seeks to learn from the activities that its members undertake, its interactions with the environment and changes in that environment. Being a learning organization is considered to be a vital or else critical competency for an organization that is seeking to be successful in markets which are particularly dynamic,

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Business Leadership: Organizational Culture

All organizations have some kind of culture, although the quality and depth of that culture can vary enormously. Organizational or corporate culture is defined along lines of the values, norms and belief systems that are embedded in a particular organization. Like all forms of culture, organizational culture includes some people as part of a group and excludes everyone else.

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