Reviews: 'These days, for most companies the strategic objective of their CEOs and senior executives is to achieve sustainable growth in the market place and do it cost effectively. In this book, Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez advocates a policy of being singularly focused on the projects that will make the biggest contribution to the organization's vision, strategy and purpose. He examines the conflict between "run-the-business" (operations) and "change-the-business" (projects), the optimum balance of resources between the two, and how best to move forward. The key is in adopting "FOCUSED" as an acronym for: F-Fewer projects, rather than many; O-Organized staff; C-Competitive mind set; U-Urgency; S-Strategic alignment; E-Excellence; and D-Discipline. Adoption of this paradigm shift is not a guarantee of success, but it will certainly reduce the chances of failure.'
R. Max Wideman, P.Eng., FICE, FEIC, FCSCE, FPMI, MCMI
'The world is awash with business ideas and tools. But what really matters to business leaders is making things happen, execution. That is what they are measured on and what really turns them on. Based on research and extensive experience, The Focused Organization provides new, compelling and highly practical insights into the reality of execution.'
Stuart Crainer, editor, Business Strategy Review, co-creator Thinkers50
'This book fills a long-standing need in the management literature by presenting, as it does, sound and proven concepts, principles, and practices for translating strategies into results. Nieto-Rodriguez clearly describes the reasons behind the widespread corporate failure to successfully execute strategies, and presents a practical approach for companies and agencies to become his vision of The Focused Organization.'
Russell D. Archibald, Honorary Fellow APM/IPMA, PMI Fellow, PMP and author of Managing High-Technology Programs and Project
In his new book, The Focused Organization, Antonio Nietro-Rodriguez brilliantly describes some significant problems in many organizations today and offers a simple yet profound solution - increased focus on those few projects that are most important. He explains how this can be accomplished, using clear examples and practical steps. This is a powerful book that will help many executives and businesses. Outstanding!'
David Pells, Managing Editor, Project Management World
’10 out of 10…a wealth of hints and tips on implementing the program to create a focused organisation and, enticingly, a ‘fast-track approach that provides quantifiable results in less than 12 months’. And, at almost 25p a page, it’s worth it - simply for the fact that, whilst most managers believe that they have the ability to create a focused organisation, this book has the tool to enable that intuition to become a reality.’
British Computer Society (Bcs.org) July 2012
‘The Focused Organization would be of great benefit to senior and middle management as the theories that Antonio has put forward could be turned into essential management tools. I hope that this will be the first of several adventures by Antonio into the world of corporate management, and that he continues his endeavours to restore the respect that the profession of project management is rightly due.’
Project Magazine, January 2013