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Business Restructuring: An Action Template for Reducing Cost and Growing Profit

ISBN: 978-0-470-50368-3
206 pages
October 2009
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An effective, long-term strategy for maintaining corporate growth, profit and competitive edge

Depicting a progressive emergent framework for long-term growth, profitability, and success, Business Restructuring: An Action Template for Reducing Cost and Growing Profit employs an integrated approach incorporating several of the most popular methodologies and best-in-class practices into a single proven framework.

Beginning with an overview of restructuring and what is needed up-front to be successful, this "How to Cookbook" helps you

  • Understand business restructuring and cost reduction techniques
  • How to transform any organization into one that is high performing
  • Realize efficiencies through the reorganization of resources, improving processes, and identifying outsourcing opportunities
  • Sustain results and achieve continued efficiency, profitability, and growth
  • Describes the right leadership team dynamics to make sure the changes stick

Whether you are a business leader or manager, Business Restructuring takes you through a logical series of steps that will provide you with immediately useful tactics to apply on a regular basis to achieve immediate results, as well as a long-term roadmap to deliver performance excellence and increase shareholder value.

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Chapter 1 Restructuring for Success: The 10-minute check.

Why You Need to Restructure.

Are Your Key Financial Indicators Telling You Something?


Chapter 2 The Playbook: A Comprehensive Approach.

Creating a Foundation for Success.

Flexible Platform for Achieving Results.

Chapter 3 Putting the Playbook into Action.

Building A Winning Team.

Equipping Your Team With the Necessary Tools.


Chapter 4 Setting the Baseline.

Moving from Unconscious Incompetence to Conscious Incompetence.

You Are Here.

How Fit Is Your Organization?

How Robust Are Your Processes?


Chapter 5 Ready to Launch.

Kicking off your Restructuring Project.

So You Think You Can Change?


Chapter 6 Executing the Framework.

Moving from Conscious Incompetence to Conscious Competence.

Organizational Efficiency. 

Business Process Improvement.

Business Process Outsourcing.

Business Process Outsourcing as a Key Enabler for Restructuring.


Chapter 7 Leadership Essentials for Success.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Plans versus People.

Keirsey Temperament Sorter.

Implication 1: Certain Leaders Have Certain Talents.

Implication 2: Changing a Leader to Fit.

Implication 3: Assessing and Aligning for the Right Roles.

Case Study: Can We Compete in this Arena?


Chapter 8 Continuous Improvement.

Moving from Conscious Competence to Unconscious Competence.

CI Organization Structure and Roles.

CI Dashboard.


Knowledge Management.

Linkages to CI.


Chapter 9 Summary of Lessons Learned.



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Carla Zilka is the founder and Principal Advisor of NexGen Advisors, a global business restructuring and transformation firm. As the Principal Advisor, Zilka partners with Fortune 1000 CEOs, hedge funds, and private equity firms to deliver a vision, strategy, and plan on how to effectively restructure and prepare for growth. To date, she and her team have been responsible for cost reductions totaling over $1.5 billion and revenue growth opportunities over $2 billion in under three years.
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