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How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things

Breaking the 8 Hidden Barriers that Plague Even the Best Businesses

Dave Courvoisier (Read by), Neil Smith, Patricia O'Connor


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Digital Audiobook (9/10/2012)
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Companies make headline news all the time for decisions that make many of us scratch our heads in wonder, even companies that are smart and successful. Here, Neil Smith, with more than 20 years of experience leading large-scale performance improvements, reveals the hidden barriers that cause excellent companies to do dumb things, and smart people within companies to act in dumb ways.
Drawing on his experience working with and helping transform top global businesses, Smith has identified 8 barriers that prevent organizations from achieving and maintaining sustainable success. Rich with anecdotes and case studies, Smith outlines a fast and proven process in which 12 principles of business transformation can break down the barriers holding companies back. What Smith offers his readers is the same thing he offers every day to the major companies he works with, a promise that by following his insights, the company will be able to increase communication, simplicity, and profit to levels never before attainable.

Praise For How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things: Breaking the 8 Hidden Barriers that Plague Even the Best Businesses

“A helpful reminder on how lack of oversight on even commonplace issues can interfere with an enterprise’s productivity and success, this work will appeal to managers and leaders alike.”
       —Publishers Weekly

— John Quelch

“[Courvoisier’s] voice is a good match for Smith’s direct and sometimes humorous style.”

HighBridge Company, 9781611749953, 405pp.

Publication Date: September 11, 2012

About the Author

DAVE COURVOISIER is an Emmy-award-winning TV news journalist has been on the air for 20 years in Las Vegas, where he currently anchors the three main nightly newscasts at the CBS affiliate KLAS-TV. Dave began narrations and storytelling in earnest about six years ago (ask him, he’ll tell you exactly where Earnest is). In addition, Dave does voiceover work for many corporate clients, including Las Vegas Resorts, the EPA, and Homeland Security; and if you listen closely, you may also hear his friendly voice in some prominent airports.

NEIL SMITH, CEO of Promontory Growth, and Innovation (PGI), helps large corporations dramatically improve performance and profitability by growing revenues and innovatively reducing costs. His initiatives have helped increase profits at top companies by 20 percent or more.

PATRICIA O’CONNELL has more than 20 years of writing and editing experience in a variety of subjects, including business, leadership, and strategy, and is former Management Editor at