The Focused Organization, How Concentrating on a Few Key Initiatives Can Dramatically Improve Strategy Execution, 1st Edition


NIETO-RODRIGUEZ PPC(250x172)Book Title:  The Focused Organization, How Concentrating on a Few Key Initiatives Can Dramatically Improve Strategy Execution, 1st Edition

Author:  Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez

Publisher:  Gower Publishing Company

List Price:   US$106.43

Format:  hard cover and electronic; 223 pages

Publication Date: 2012

ISBN: 978-1-4094-2566-3

Reviewer:      Rodger L. Martin, JD, MBA, BSEE, PMP

Review Date:              May 2013

Introduction to the Book

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez describes how concentrating on a few key initiatives can dramatically improve strategy execution and ultimate success for the organization. The book contains four main themes:

  • A balanced organization must properly distribute resources and assets in two dimensions.
    • Business Areas – Support/Costs and Core/Growth
    • Business Dimensions – Run-the-Business and Change-the-Business.
  • Management Gurus in the past have ignored the importance of Project Management.  Most top MBA programs do not give project management a proper focus.
  • The Focused Organization addresses seven characteristics (which not unexpectedly comprise the title of the book) to achieve growth, consistency, out-performance of competition, elevated market status and fulfilled staff.
    • F – Fewer Projects
    • O – Organized Staff
    • C – Competitive Mindset
    • U – Urgency
    • S – Strategic Alignment
    • E – Excellence
    • D – Discipline
  • How to Become a Focused Organization requires six critical pillars supporting the framework:
    • Leadership and Culture
    • People and Skills
    • Organization and Governance
    • Process and Methods
    • Systems and Tools
    • Performance Management

Overview of Book’s Structure

First, the book addresses the shortcomings of several management gurus and top MBA programs in not recognizing the value of Project Management at all, no mention as it relates to strategic execution.

It then presents a two-by-two matrix business model of Business Area (Support/Cost and Core/Growth versus Business Dimension (Run-the-Business and Change-the-Business).  Here he makes the case that the Project Management Model is a better methodology for Changing-The-Business than traditional management approaches.

He then asserts that the benefits of a FOCUSED Organization are significant:


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About the Reviewer

rodger-martinflag-usaRodger Martin, JD, MBA, BSEE, PMP

Rodger Martin has a broad background in business, law, engineering and Project Management.  He is a retired US Air Force officer with expertise in rockets and National Ranges.  His work experiences include government, military, public corporations, small business consulting and high-tech non-profit organizations.  For the last 12 years, he has worked on Document Management, Knowledge Management and Process Management/Modeling projects commercial companies.  He acquired his PMP certification in 2007.

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