Leading with SPI
Driving Productivity and Profit with Strategic Performance Improvement
LEADING WITH SPI reveals the secrets
behind how leading businesses gain massive improvement in strategic
Research has shown...
Most organizations develop sound, well documented strategies.
Few organizations implement that strategy effectively.
Even fewer, have a system in place that manages performance to
strategy in a pro-active manner.
SPI changes that.....how?
- SPI is about strategic
execution and performance improvement that is less about measurement
for control and more about using KPI for innovative value-driven
- SPI is a fresh
insight that makes strategy more actionable,
more accountable and more of a visionary guiding star that inspires
and empowers the whole organization towards sustainable gains
- SPI merges
the disciplines of strategic execution, corporate performance
management, and performance measurement into a single SPM model.
- SPI extends beyond
the boundaries of people, process and technology into the realm
of insightful innovation that energizes a business
from the ground up and top down.
- SPI involves everyone
in the business and acts as a powerful tool to help unshackle
an organization from hierarchical performance constraints,
political silos, poor decision making, stress related performance
degradation and the many other corporate illnesses that prevent
an organization from delivering maximum value.
LEADING WITH SPI is not shy at illuminating the
good and the bad of preceding methodologies and draws readily from
each to weave in the essence, without the complexity. SPI is about
simplicity of action that suits organizations of any type and any
size. It takes performance management to a higher level, by simplifying,
clarifying and helping the reader focus on what’s important
to do right now.
The SPM model is built on a foundation of sound decision making
at key decision points along critical value chains, connecting strategy
to daily activity in a robust, meaningful way to drive value creation.
It drives more focus and clarity than any other management methodology
SPI makes no excuses for past bad decisions –
the blame game is not played in this book. SPI is about positive
learning and failing fast. It’s about stress testing your
strategies and being pre-prepared to tackle any situation the market.
SPI makes everyone a leader, and everyone accountable. It stops
inappropriate short term reactions to errant information and instead
provides a basis for long term sustainable profitability based on
a more robust, integrity-driven performance measurement system.
It incorporates leading methodology and BI technology in a way that
simplifies the use of BI tools and delivers horrifying accounts
as to why many dashboards today are not only delivering low levels
of insight, but often lead to wrong decisions. In a refreshing change
from many management books, it doesn’t stop there –
it tells you how to avoid following the pack into disillusionment
and how to ensure your dashboards deliver to the promise.
Don’t be surprised if this book makes you feel ignorant
of what should have been obvious. Embrace that learning and rather
than seeing the book as a single read – see SPI as a desktop
guide to a new, more innovative, more profitable and more enjoyable
SPI overcomes the dysfunctional impact of traditional
PM systems, overcoming manipulation for personal agenda, negative
controlling or blaming cultures, and fear of recrimination without
loss of accountability. SPI doesn’t stop at the easy tangible
measures; it helps the reader define creative ways to measure the
intangibles - a key challenge for all organisations. It will not
only significantly reduce these dysfunctions, but also promote alignment
with business strategy, maximize cross-enterprise integration, and
foster collaboration to drive more value throughout the organization,
independent of organizational structures or titles.
SPI focuses less on calculations and analysis
and more on robust, logically driven decision making at the right
times. It reaches beyond using absolutes, only suited to stable
environments, and provides a methodology that is highly usable in
today’s volatile environment. The SPM model introduces a stability
and risk tolerance capability lacking in many businesses today,
but importantly, does it in a way that further empowers rather than
constrains business adaptability, and flexibility. A true competitive
This book doesn’t just spout the ‘what’
and ‘whys’ of many management texts. It takes
the reader right through the ‘hows’, deep diving
right down to action lists and workshop profiles to guide the organization
through the selection of CSFs, KPIs and PIs.
WITH SPI will show you:
- Why traditional PM systems do not work
- Why many new dashboards fail to
deliver their full value
- How to move beyond the initial measurement
design, to a more powerful future-facing performance
- How to get buy-in from
your whole business into SPI
- How to use mapping tools to connect
processes, KPI and value to strategic objectives
in a meaningful and measurable way.
- The seven principles of SPI woven into
the 12-step process to implementing a
practicable, meaningful KPI based measurement system.
- Step by step how to implement SPI -
not a one-time project, but an ongoing capability that
bridges the strategy-operations gap to drive
continuous change and incremental improvement across all
parts of the business, every day.
- Why SPI becomes a way of being, a way
of working, and a way of communicating
across all functional, hierarchical, generational, social
and cultural barriers.
- How SPI drives important concepts
that both improve the quality of decisions
as well as the speed of decision making
in any scenario.
LEADING WITH SPI doesn’t waste words taking
you backwards through academic theory. Instead, it utilizes the
principles of SPI to provide clarity and focus on how to move forward.
The information is highly actionable, and is organized in a logical
way with case studies to provide context to the instructive material.
SPI is highly relevant to today’s world.
SPI drives positive behaviour that delivers positive outcomes
on a consistent basis – no matter what!
As with all her books, Gail delivers hard hitting, no nonsense
actionable insight that has transformational impact. You don’t
need to search for the big truths in this book – they hit
you in the face. This book is a real wake up call for business owners,
leaders and managers in all industries, and could be the make it
or break it management guide to who survives the next few years
as we attempt to pull ourselves out of the recession. It’s
clear Gail really understands how businesses need to function to
be successful today. Her 25 years of SPI consulting shines through
in practical advice that can be implemented today.
LEADING WITH SPI is part of the TLO Management
Insight Series supporting The
Author: Gail La Grouw
Size: 9"x 6"
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