Making the Impossible Possible: Leading Extraordinary Performance - The Rocky Flats Story

Making the Impossible Possible: Leading Extraordinary Performance - The Rocky Flats Story

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By (author) Kim S. Cameron, By (author) Marc Lavine

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  • Publisher: BERRETT-KOEHLER
  • Format: Paperback | 286 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2006
  • Publication City/Country: San Francisco
  • ISBN 10: 1576753905
  • ISBN 13: 9781576753903
  • Sales rank: 682,083

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The most contaminated nuclear plant in the country, Rocky Flats was an environmental disaster and the site of rampant worker unrest. Although it was estimated that it would take 70 years and $36 billion to clean up and close the facility, something stunning happened. Now on its way to becoming a wildlife refuge, the project is running 60 years ahead of schedule and $30 billion under budget. In Making the Impossible Possible , Kim Cameron explains how this remarkable performance was achieved -- and how it can be replicated. Using numerous first-hand accounts and public records, Cameron draws a number of leadership guidelines that can be applied to any business. This fascinating and thoroughly researched case study concludes by revealing the ten leadership principles responsible for the Rocky Flats turnaround -- and in doing so, provides a means for other organizations to harness the lessons of this astonishing success.

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Kim S. Cameron is Professor of management and organizations at Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business and Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. Dr. Cameron's past research on organizational downsizing, effectiveness, quality culture, and the development of management leadership skills has been published in more than 80 articles and eight books.

Table of contents

1.The Story of Achieving the Impossible 2.A Brief History of Rocky Flats 3.Caveats and Alternative Views of Rocky Flats Success 4. Leadership, Collaboration, and Competing Values 5.Adhocracy Quadrant Enablers 6.Hierarchy Quadrant Enablers 7.Clan Quadrant Enablers 8.Market Quadrant Enablers 9.A Summary of Key Enablers of Spectacular Performance