Building the Pyramid: The winning (formula)® approach to delivering success on your organisation’s growth journey

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Navigating the landscape is the new requirement of the 21st century leader. To deliver growth, a more adaptable leadership approach is needed to deliver high-performance and handle changing conditions on the journey. Building the Pyramid demonstrates the winning (formula)® approach to creating an agile, successful and sustainable organisation.
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John Stein is the founder of the winning (formula)® and a champion of growth. He is recognised as a leading authority on the human performance issues facing organisations on the growth journey, and has dedicated his career to working with leaders and their teams to build agile, successful and sustainable organisations. In a world of constantly changing commercial landscapes, he focuses on developing the navigation skills of the 21st century leader. He is described as an ‘organisational lighthouse keeper’ by his clients as a result of the knowledge, support and guidance he is able to offer them on their unique journey. He has worked with small, medium-size and large organisations and has the rare privilege of experiencing the growth journey with ambitious founders, entrepreneurs, chief executives, directors and their teams. His leadership, growth, change and organisational development experience and insight has helped many organisations to produce spectacular results. The winning (formula)® has successfully supported leaders with business start-ups, company turnarounds, commercial restructuring, mergers, acquisitions, management buy-outs and private equity investment. John is an expert storyteller and an award-winning practitioner and uses a blend of research data, humour, pragmatism and commonsense to inspire others to maximise their potential.
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TWF Publications
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Mar 6, 2014
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152
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9780954713423
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English
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Business & Economics / General
Business & Economics / Leadership
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