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    April 12, 2011

    Member publishes book to improve executive teamwork

    Connecting Top Managers for Business Success

    Local management consultants Jim Taylor and Lisa Haneberg have co-authored Connecting Top Managers: Developing Executive Teams for Business Success. Taylor is president and CEO and Haneberg is vice president of Management Performance International, Inc, a Cincinnati based management consulting firm and member of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

    In today’s difficult economy businesses have little room for error, to remain competitive corporations must establish efficiency and quality without misusing resources.  In order to accomplish this, companies turn to executive leaders to direct organizational success.

    But why do top executives and individual ‘superstars’ struggle to collaboratively enhance business performance?  And how can leadership teams overcome disconnects among themselves and departments?

    Jim Taylor and Lisa Haneberg, answer these questions in their new book Connecting Top Managers. Taylor and Haneberg have discovered through research and experience that businesses are using incomplete leadership models. They explain that leaders must model their approach in terms of a team, rather than their own functional responsibilities.

    In Connecting Top Managers:Developing Executive Teams for Business Success, the authors show how to assess current leadership team performance and offers strategies for collaboration and leadership excellence. Readers will learn how to get the most out of meetings, implement the best practices for executive teaming, and build relationships that produce results.

    “We believe in the 5/95 Rule,” state Taylor and Haneberg. “Five percent of your time—the approximately 100 hours per year that you spend together as a team—impacts 95% of the success of several organizational systems. If you can optimize this 5%, you will see positive returns in organizational culture, employee engagement and retention, productivity and results, and organizational agility.”

    In Connecting Top Managers, readers will find:

    • The Clash of the Titans: how to ensure differences don’t lead to clashes through partnership techniques 
    • Culture and Change: how to define your organization’s culture as it relates to company results, assess your Capacity for Change (C4C), and create cultural improvement 
    • Organizational Agility: leadership team practices that can improve adaptability, flexibility, relevance, and results 
    • Staying Union-Free: how to establish connection and trust between employees and management, build relationships at all levels, and eliminate a workforce’s need to seek union representation 
    • The Team Leadership Excellence Assessment: a useable survey assessing how the team measures success, how the team spends time, and how the team can best impact organizational excellence

    Connecting Top Managers can facilitate any leader, manager, or professional in developing his or her leadership and leadership team.  It includes examples, research, and actionable practices that leaders and team members can use to increase results and success.

    To learn more about Jim Taylor and Lisa Haneberg and their leadership strategies visit the Management Performance International site.

    Check out the book online and read an excerpt

     FT Press, ISBN13: 9780137071562, 276 pps., $34.99, January 2011

    About the Authors

     Taylor, JimJim Taylor, President and CEO of MPI Consulting, is a nationally recognized expert in leadership, human resources, and employee/labor relations. Drawing on more than 30 years’ experience, he leads MPI’s strategic direction and operations, and guides a team of consulting experts and professionals, ensuring their integrity and accountability for successful client engagements and relationships. He spent 13 years as a healthcare executive, serving on two senior leadership teams.

     Haneberg, LisaLisa Haneberg serves as Vice President of MPI Consulting and leads the firm’s organizational development practice. She has more than 25 years of experience with organizational development consulting, executive development, as well as training and coaching for companies, government organizations, and nonprofits of all sizes. She specializes in talent management, succession planning, organizational agility and alignment, middle management effectiveness, senior team development, and executive coaching. Her books include Developing Great Managers, The High Impact Middle Manager, and Coaching Up and Down the Generations.

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