Publications

Alan Brache is the president of APB, LLC, his 30-year consulting career has included stints with The Rummler-Brache Group and Kepner-Tregoe, Inc. Alan has published numerous books and articles pertaining to strategy, business process, culture, and leadership.

How Organizations Work: Taking a Holistic Approach to Enterprise Health

by Alan P. Brache

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Almost every executive in business today is faced with the challenge of improving performance, from incremental improvements to wholesale organizational change. Here, a world-renowned expert in organizational improvement asserts that most hard-won changes don't last for long, however, because of the failure to identify the root causes of the problem. How Organizations Work offers a clear, integrated solution to performance improvement via a practical Enterprise Model that takes into account all variables that influence performance. Alan Brache provides a comprehensive "physical exam" for checking an organization's vital signs and a 360-degree picture of how organizational dynamics can be harnessed to effect permanent improvements in performance.

 

Implementation: How to Transform Strategic Initiatives into Blockbuster Results

by Alan P. Brache & Sam Bodley-Scott

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If you see gaps in your organization's translation of its vision into day-to-day operations, Implementation is for you. It is a step-by-step guide to the effective, efficient execution of strategic and other high-impact initiatives. Brache and Bodley-Scott thoroughly address the context in which project management methods should be used. They provide detailed examples and practical tools to address each of the seven factors that influence implementation success.

 

Improving Performance: How to Manage the White Space in the Organization Chart

by Geary A. Rummler & Alan P. Brache

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With over 250,000 copies sold worldwide, Improving Performance is recognized as the book that launched the Process Improvement revolution. It was the first approach to bridge the gap between organization strategy and the individual. Now, in this second edition, Rummler and Brache reflect on the key needs of organizations faced with today's challenge of managing change. With multiple charts, checklists, hands-on tools and case studies, the authors show how they implemented their Performance Improvement methodology in over 250 successful projects with organizations such as Hewlett-Packard, Dupont, Shell Oil, and Citibank.

 

Stepping Up: A Game Plan for Leading Your Business to the Next Level... and Thriving Once You're There

by Alan P. Brache

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.

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