In The Invisible Wall, Jim Underwood, a New York Times best-selling author, delivers an effective management strategy that empowers an entire organization. This type of change takes courage. It's a change that starts with individuals. Real success is achieved when you break down the invisible wall.
How does the invisible wall get built? If you analyze the failure of just about any company, you will almost always find an invisible wall in the smoldering ruins of the firm. In the author's experience, he's witnessed companies go through the process of moving from a product-creating entrepreneurial organization to a stupefied bureaucracy with little or no innovation - it's almost as if he could se senior managers adding one more brick to the invisible wall every day.
Think of a puppy trying out an invisible fence. After a few tries, the pain teaches the puppy not to go beyond the limits of the invisible fence. Likewise, some organizations have built an invisible wall. We may test the invisible wall one or two times, but the pain that goes with trying to go beyond the limits is almost always so intense that managers live the rest of their corporate lives just like the puppy. People can refuse to go near the invisible wall, even though we realize that it is precisely that invisible wall that stands between the present and the future.
More than that, the invisible wall is what destroys the creativity, personal ownership, and innovation that are the life blood of the future of a company.
Learn how exceptional companies can destroy the invisible wall - the hidden barriers to success...and their competition! Your mission - should you decide to accept it - is to destroy the invisible wall and prevent it from rising again.
Posted by David Repinski on 5th Dec 2011
Well done! I appreciated the easy reading nature of this book. So many business books strike me as a repackaging of the same material over and over. This one told a lighthearted story that served to make a series of significant points that I can use as a CEO to drive some key work around organizational values.
Posted by Dr. Chuch Ward on 2nd Dec 2011
Jim Underwood's compelling story will help leaders of organizations discover the "invisible fences" that rob their companies of innovation, teamwork, and profitability.
Posted by Ken Brown on 2nd Dec 2011
Jim has used real-life examples to show us what can happen in our own corporations if we will challenge and change the status quo - the result is undeniable success.
Ken Brown, Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard
Posted by David Evangelista on 2nd Dec 2011
Awesome insight...Jim does a remarkable job of making the challenging subject of organizational barriers to success easy to read.