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Book Description

Three top Wall Street analysts reveal enduring lessons in sustainable success from the great industrial titans—the high-tech companies of their day—to the disruptors that now dominate the economy.

Before Silicon Valley disrupted the world with new technologies and business models, America’s industrial giants paved the way. Companies like General Electric, United Technologies, and Caterpillar were the Google and Amazon of their day, setting gold standards in innovation, growth, and profitability. Today’s leaders can learn a great deal from their successes, as well as their missteps. In this essential guide, three veteran Wall Street analysts reveal timeless lessons from the titans of industry—and offer battle-tested survival tactics for an ever-changing world. You’ll learn:

  • how GE became the largest company on earth—only for a culture of arrogance to set in motion the largest collapse in history
  • how Boeing reassessed risks, raised profits—and tragically lost its balance
  • how Danaher avoided the pitfalls of tremendous success—by continually reinventing itself
  • how Honeywell experienced a near-fatal cultural breakdown—and executed a flawless turnaround
  • how Caterpillar relied too much on forecasting, lost billions—and rallied by recommitting to the basics

Filled with illuminating case studies and brilliant in-depth analysis, this invaluable book provides a multitude of insights that will help you weather market upheavals, adapt to disruptions, and optimize your resources to your best advantage. You’ll learn hard-won lessons in innovation, growth, resilience, and operational excellence, as well as the time-proven fundamentals of continuous improvement for lasting success. In the end, you’ll have your own personal toolbox of useful takeaways from more than a century’s worth of data, experience, wisdom, and can-do spirit, courtesy of some of the greatest business enterprises of all time. This is how manufacturers survived the first disruptors of technology—and how today’s giants can survive and thrive during continuous cycles of disruption.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  6. INTRODUCTION
  7. CHAPTER 1 GENERAL ELECTRIC PART I The Jack Welch Years and the Cash Flow Machine That Created the Largest Company on Earth
  8. CHAPTER 2 GENERAL ELECTRIC PART II How a Culture of Arrogance Led to the Largest Collapse in American History
  9. CHAPTER 3 BOEING A Struggle to Find Balance in Risk Management
  10. CHAPTER 4 DANAHER Process-Driven Reinvention
  11. CHAPTER 5 HONEYWELL How Cultural Transformation Led One of the Greatest Turnarounds in History
  12. CHAPTER 6 UNITED TECHNOLOGIES The Dangers of Fixed Incentives
  13. CHAPTER 7 CATERPILLAR Avoiding the Forecasting Trap
  14. CHAPTER 8 ROPER The Amazing Untold Story of Brian Jellison and His Timeless Lessons on Compounding
  15. CHAPTER 9 TRANSDIGM How to Turn a Million into a Billion
  16. CHAPTER 10 STANLEY BLACK & DECKER Adding a Digital Layer
  17. CHAPTER 11 UNITED RENTALS Asset Sharing Done Right
  18. CHAPTER 12 THE IMPORTANCE OF BUSINESS SYSTEMS AND OTHER KEY LESSONS FROM INDUSTRIALS
  19. INDEX
  20. ABOUT THE AUTHORS
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