Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage. Scott Keller, Colin Price. Wiley.

Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage Book Cover Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage
Scott Keller, Colin Price
June 21, 2011

The greatest invention of all time isn’t the wheel, it’s organization. By working together effectively, people can achieve feats far beyond anything they could accomplish individually. At a time of unprecedented economic, political, and social change, organizations need more than ever to operate at peak levels of performance. In order to do so, they need leaders who understand both how to achieve organizational excellence and how to sustain it.

Evidence shows that only a third of organizations that achieve excellence are able to maintain it for decades. Even fewer manage to implement successful transformation programs. These statistics have devastating implications in business, most of today’s companies will falter within twenty years. In government, the majority of reform programs will fail. So will most efforts to create broader social change.

This book is written for those who intend to beat these odds. Based on one of the most extensive research efforts ever undertaken in the field of management, Beyond Performance shows how leaders can deliver performance today while also ensuring that their organizations stay fit for the future.

Scott Keller is a director in the Southern California office of McKinsey & Company, and leads its transformational change practice in the Americas. He has published several articles on change management and organizational behavior, as well as a book for colleagues and clients. He holds an MBA and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and has worked as a manufacturing manager with Procter & Gamble and a photovoltaic engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy. Outside McKinsey, Scott is a cofounder of Digital Divide Data, an award-winning social enterprise that utilizes a sustainable IT service model to benefit some of the world’s most disadvantaged people.

Colin Price is a director in McKinsey’s London office, and leads its organization practice worldwide. He has advised many of the world’s largest corporations, several national governments, and a number of charitable institutions. His books include Mergers (with his colleague David Fubini and Maurizio Zolio of INSEAD), and Vertical Take-Off (with Sir Richard Evans, former chairman of British airspace). He holds degrees in economics, industrial relations and psychology, and organizational behavior. He is an associate fellow at Said Business School, University of Oxford, and a visiting professor at Bath University.