By Bill Joyce

What Really Works: The 4 + 2 Formula for Success

This download features a free full Harvard Business Review article, “What Really Works,” (from the book What Really Works: The 4 + 2 Formula for Sustained Business Success). In a groundbreaking five-year study, the authors analyzed 200 management techniques employed by 160 companies over 10 years. The authors outline the management practices that are imperative for sustained superior financial performance – their "4+2 formula" for business success. Without exception, the companies that outperformed industry peers excelled in four primary management practices: strategy, execution, culture, and structure. And they supplemented those areas with a mastery of two of four secondary management practices: talent, leadership, innovation, and mergers and partnerships.

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