It is absolutely true that ‘the soft stuff is the hard stuff’ and that most HR departments need less PowerPoint and more Excel. Accelerating Performance offers a sharp analysis of how successful companies ‘crack the code’ to build a winning culture and drive sustainable growth—and do it faster than their competitors.
— Jim Smith, president and CEO, Thomson Reuters

From cratering oil prices and negative interest rates to Brexit and Trump—it has been a year of the unexpected. Meanwhile, technology opens new frontiers and brings new challenges alike in a hyperconnected world not apt to slow down any time soon. Business leaders must navigate this incessant disruption while working to move their organizations forward ahead of competitors both newly emerging and well established.

How can leaders succeed in today’s unpredictable markets and shifting operating environments?  Accelerating Performance provides an actionable playbook for CEOs and senior executives seeking to drive transformation for competitive advantage in an ever-changing world. We have developed a strategic META framework (short for Mobilize, Execute, and Transform with Agility) to guide executives to boost the metabolic rate of their teams and organizations to drive to value faster than competitors. 

Meet the Authors

Colin Price is an executive vice president and the global managing partner of the Leadership Consulting Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. He has advised many of the world’s largest corporations, several national governments, and a number of charitable institutions. His books include Mergers (with David Fubini of McKinsey & Company and Maurizio Zollo of INSEAD), Vertical Take-Off(with Sir Richard Evans, former chair of British Aerospace), and Beyond Performance (with Scott Keller of McKinsey & Company). He holds degrees in economics, industrial relations and psychology, and organizational behavior. He has presented at many prestigious conferences, including the World Economic Forum and the Harvard Round table series. He is an associate fellow of Saïd Business School at Oxford University and a visiting professor at Imperial College London.    

Colin Price is an executive vice president and the global managing partner of the Leadership Consulting Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. He has advised many of the world’s largest corporations, several national governments, and a number of charitable institutions. His books include Mergers (with David Fubini of McKinsey & Company and Maurizio Zollo of INSEAD), Vertical Take-Off (with Sir Richard Evans, former chair of British Aerospace), and Beyond Performance (with Scott Keller of McKinsey & Company). He holds degrees in economics, industrial relations and psychology, and organizational behavior. He has presented at many prestigious conferences, including the World Economic Forum and the Harvard Roundtable series. He is an associate fellow of Saïd Business School at Oxford University and a visiting professor at Imperial College London. Connect with Colin on LinkedIn here.

Sharon Toye is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office and a member of its Leadership Consulting Practice, where she heads up the global service line for accelerating team performance. An organization development expert, qualified psychotherapist, and highly skilled consultant, she has more than 20 years of experience as an executive and top-team coach. She has served as a leadership advisor to many top global companies in a range of industries,including investment and wealth management banking, engineering, and telecommunications, as well as to the top teams of PE-backed market leaders. She holds an MBA from the London Business School, an MSc in organizational psychology from Birkbeck College at the University of London, and an MSc in integrative psychotherapy. She has been published in Business Strategy Review and strategy+business as well as in Managerial Forensics.

Sharon Toye is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office and a member of its Leadership Consulting Practice, where she heads up the global service line for accelerating team performance. An organization development expert, qualified psychotherapist, and highly skilled consultant, she has more than 20 years of experience as an executive and top-team coach. She has served as a leadership advisor to many top global companies in a range of industries,including investment and wealth management banking, engineering, and telecommunications, as well as to the top teams of PE-backed market leaders. She holds an MBA from the London Business School, an MSc in organizational psychology from Birkbeck College at the University of London, and an MSc in integrative psychotherapy. She has been published in Business Strategy Review and strategy+business as well as in Managerial Forensics. Connect with Sharon on LinkedIn here.

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Testimonials

In a continually disrupted marketplace, companies live and die by their ability to accelerate
their performance. The genius of this book is its rigorous analysis of the blockers to acceleration and how to remove them—and its insights into the agility required to transform a business. It is eye-opening stuff.
— Mark Wilson, group CEO, Aviva
Using a deeply analytical and forensic approach, the authors tease out why some companies
have avoided the drag of underperformance. Their detailed analysis of these ‘superaccelerators’
reinforces some deeply held beliefs but also uncovers crucial insights about what it takes to succeed. Filled with insights, action points, and wisdom—this is a must-read for any leader tasked with building a high-performance organization.
— Lynda Gratton, professor of management practice, London Business School, and coauthor of 'The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity'
Health care is delivered in teams. Whether it’s in the operating theater, the hospital, or in the
community, it is how we work together that determines our ability to save lives. Accelerating Performance sheds light on the practices that constitute great teamwork.
— Lord Ara Darzi, Paul Hamlyn chair of surgery, Imperial College London, and former U.K. health minister

Some business books excel at data-based analytical rigor, others at strategy, leadership, or soft skills. Accelerating Performance integrates all these vital components and teaches leaders how to drive fast with vision.
— Tom Glocer, founder of Angelic Ventures LP, director of Merck & Co. and Morgan Stanley, and member of the supervisory board for Publicis Groupe
An ambitious, breakthrough book! Who wouldn’t want their company to be in Colin and Sharon’s group of super-performers? Drawing on original research, illuminating cases, and practical advice, they show us a surprising—even unfashionable—route for companies to get there: not by reinventing themselves but by becoming significantly better versions of who they already are! Smart, funny, with a very high ‘PIPSI’ (provocative ideas per square inch).
— Robert Kegan, Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development, Harvard University, and coauthor of 'An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization'
Delivering sustainable, standout performance is the holy grail for business leaders. Colin and
Sharon present a compelling agenda to help leaders increase the metabolic rate in their business, thereby creating the conditions for long-term success. Boards and CEOs should take note—and take action.
— David Roberts, chairman, Nationwide Building Society

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