|Alan P. Brache is the President of APB, LLC, a consultancy that specializes in the facilitation of strategy development and execution, business process improvement, and issue resolution. The firm addresses the needs of clients across industries, functions, and countries.|
From 1997 to 2009, Alan was a consultant and executive with Kepner-Tregoe, an international consulting and skill development firm that focuses on strategy formulation and implementation, problem-solving and decision-making, project management, and human performance management. His client work focused on strategy formulation/implementation and operational improvement. His internal responsibilities included guiding K-T consultants in customized solution design and serving as one of the six members of the Strategic Leadership Committee.
He maintains his relationship with K-T by leading diagnosis and strategy projects as a contractor.
From 1986-1997, Alan served as co-founder and partner in The Rummler-Brache Group, a consulting and training company that specializes in helping companies implement their strategies through the design and management of business processes, organization structures, measurement systems, and human performance environments. He rotated in and out of the CEO role and had ongoing responsibilities for marketing, product development, and managing the company's operations outside of the United States.
From 1978 to 1986, he served in a number of positions with Kepner-Tregoe, including Product Manager, Technical Director of the Strategy Group, and Vice President of Product Development.
Alan has addressed groups of business executives in 22 countries. He has published articles in 25 business magazines.
In 1990, he co-authored Improving Performance: How to Manage the White Space on the Organization Chart (Jossey-Bass), the book that launched the process improvement revolution and introduced the first set of tools for comprehensively managing an organization as an integrated system. This book was updated in 1995.
His second book, How Organizations Work: Taking a Holistic Approach to Organization Health (John Wiley, 2002), enables readers to diagnose each of the variables that influences their organizations' performance.
His third book, Implementation: How to Transform Strategic Initiatives into Blockbuster Results (McGraw-Hill, 2006), focuses on the executive's role in strategy execution and initiative leadership.
His most recent book, Stepping Up: A Game Plan for Leading Your Business to the Next Level…and Thriving Once You're There (CreateSpace, 2010), guides executives of large and small organizations through an assessment of their need to compete at a higher level and, if so, through the development of a plan for addressing the seven factors that enable them to do so.
Mr. Brache graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He resides near Austin,Texas.
Alan is personally involved in every APB project. If an engagement requires additional labor or expertise, he taps into his network of veteran independent consultants.
This book is not an academic text, an entertainment, or an "idea dump" that forces readers to figure out how to translate concepts into action. It is a workbook with practical tools and questions that help readers identify the unique needs of their businesses and guide them to the actions they should take to address those needs.
The book can be used by an individual or--often even more powerfully--by a select group chosen by the executive or business owner. The team may include not only managers and other creative thinkers in the business but also customers, outside advisers, and investors. The goal is to have the best heads and the primary stakeholders focused on this all-important diagnosis and action planning.