Holiday Double: Living Rewired and Defeating Distraction

    Jan 24, 2019

    Now more than ever, American companies are experiencing a nagging feeling that they could be doing much better. Globalization, digitization, and the development of cellular technology have increased competition by leaps and bounds. As a consequence, skating by on marginal performance isn’t enough. It’s time for businesses to find the tools that will help them excel. A turnaround expert, Marvin Davis has made a career out of transforming underperforming companies. He assesses their mistakes, issues a diagnosis, and has helped allay the fears of many CEOs across the country—leaving businesses more efficient and ultimately more competitive. In Take No Prisoners, he gives hard-line, tough-love solutions to the real and difficult problems that hinder profitability. By addressing issues that may at first seem too messy or dangerous, companies can learn how to truly improve performance, increase profits, and boost cash flow. Companies shouldn’t wait until they are in dire straits to make changes; they can alleviate many problems if they act now and meet them head-on. Through real-life examples of corporations who have made these solutions work successfully, Take No Prisoners tells American companies the truth about the state of their business, and how to make it even better. Marvin A. Davis, CTP is the author of Turnaround , the classic how-to manual on returning businesses to profitability. He has chaired the boards of Simplicity Patterns, Datamax Corporation, and Folger Adams Corporation, and his clients include Advent International Corp., Polaris Capital, and Liberty Partners International Corp., and Liberty Partners. For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars: * Planning and Managing Organizational Change * The 21st Century Global Leader * Managing Chaos: Tools to Set Priorities and Make Decisions under Pressure To learn more, read these AMACOM Books: Take No Prisoners by Marvin Davis Leading with Kindness by William F. Baker, Michael O'Malley, Ph.D.For your holiday listening enjoyment, Edgewise presents a double episode featuring two outstanding interviews on a critical issue: how our ability to think and focus is being radically altered in the Information Age. Hooked up to the Internet's...For your holiday listening enjoyment, Edgewise presents a double episode featuring two outstanding interviews on a critical issue: how our ability to think and focus is being radically altered in the Information Age.   Hooked up to the Internet's global computing grid, massive information processing plants are pumping data and software code into our homes and businesses. It's a revolution of the kind that hasn't been seen since electricity became a household utility. Nicholas Carr's new book The Big Switch examines the promise and the perils of this transformation.   In Distracted, Maggie Jackson warns that modern society's inability to focus heralds an impending Dark Age-an era historically characterized by the decline of a civilization amid abundance and technological advancement. Jackson posits that our near-religious allegiance to a constant state of motion and addiction to multitasking are eroding our capacity for deep, sustained, perceptive attention-the building block of intimacy, wisdom and cultural progress and stunting society's ability to comprehend what's relevant and permanent.   A former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, Nicholas Carr writes and speaks on technology, business, and culture. His 2004 book Does IT Matter?, published by Harvard Business School Press, set off a worldwide debate about the role of computers in business. His widely acclaimed new book, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, examines the rise of "cloud computing" and its implications for business, media and society.   Maggie Jackson is an award-winning author and journalist known for her penetrating coverage of U.S. social issues. She writes the popular "Balancing Acts" column in the Sunday Boston Globe, and her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Gastronomica and on National Public Radio.AMA_Edgewise_0851.mp3