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The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life

ISBN: 978-0-470-19559-8
256 pages
February 2009, Jossey-Bass
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A proven system for rallying all of an organizations' employees around a new vision and ideas for making the vision stick

When something at work isn't going smoothly, managers struggle with what part of the problem to tackle first. Do they start with cost reduction? Or should they go for process improvements first? The authors—who have helped hundreds of companies and individuals change and improve—say spend time and money adjusting the systems in which people operate, rather than targeting people and their performance directly. The authors show that it's in fact possible to change everything at once—with a focus on making such transformations permanent and repeatable.

  • Brand-new Introduction written for the paperback edition
  • Filled with illustrative examples from Northrup Grumman, BHP-Billiton, Reebok, Harvard Business School, and many others
  • Two experts in the field show how to make major transformations happen

The book outlines a process for engaging all employees to buy-in to an improved vision of an organization's new and improved future.

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Table of Contents

Editor’s Note, byWarren Bennis.

Foreword, by Michael C. Jensen.

Authors’ Note.

Introduction: The Power of Rewriting the Future.

Part I: The Three Laws in Action.

1. Transforming an Impossible Situation.

2. Where Is the Key to Performance?

3. Rewriting a Future That’s Already Written.

Part II: Rewriting the Future of Leadership.

4. With So Many Books on Leadership, Why Are There So Few Leaders?

5. The Self-Led Organization.

Part III: Mastering the Game of Performance.

6. Who orWhat Is Leading Your Life?

7. The Path to Mastery.

8. Breaking the Performance Barrier.

Appendix: The Three Laws of Performance and the Leadership Corollaries.



The Authors.


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Author Information

Steve Zaffron is the CEO of the Vanto Group, a global consulting firm that designs and implements large-scale initiatives to elevate organizational performance. Zaffron has directed major corporate initiatives with more than three hundred organizations in twenty countries.

Dave Logan is on the faculty at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and is a former associate dean. He is also senior partner of CultureSync, a management consulting firm. Logan has written three books, including Tribal Leadership.

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“The Three Laws of Performance provides a list of rules (and stories explaining how they work in practice) that promise to help individuals in leadership roles facilitate the group coherence and cohesion that are necessary to bring about transcendent performance. The book is based on a wealth of experience from decades of applying the ideas it explains. If you're interested in this kind of theory, the book is worth a read.” (BrokenSymmetry.typepad.com)

“I received an email a few weeks ago asking if I would be interested in reviewing the new book from Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan titled “the three laws of performance”. I jumped at the opportunity….free book right?

Well…I’d happily pay twice the list price for this book and so should you….
The full title of the book is The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life and it is called a ‘Warren Bennis‘ book…if you like Bennis, you’ll like this book too.

The premise of the book is that there are three laws that will always affect performance…just like the law of gravity will always have an effect on you.
The three laws are:

How people perform correlates to how situations occur to them
How a situation occurs arises in languages
Future based language transforms how situations occur to people

… This is a great book…I think it is one of the best books I’ve read in the last few years. Grab this book soon as you can and enjoy!” (EricBrown.com)

“Three Laws is about impossible transformations and how systemic change can remake your life or your organization.” (Life Insurance Selling)

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