First edition. - New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
Book — 239 pages ; 25 cm
Why bureaucracies so often fail us
Where you want to go: "the vision thing"
Formulating a strategy
Techniques for implementing change
It's always about people
Stakeholders: friends and foes
The agent of change: "mirror, mirror on the wall"
Money, money, money: reforming in scarce times
Reform: the never-ending story
A flaming heart.
From the former Secretary of Defense and author of the best-selling memoir Duty, a characteristically direct, informed, and urgent assessment of why big institutions are failing us and how smart, committed leadership can effect real improvement regardless of scale. Across the realms of civic and private enterprise alike, bureaucracies vitally impact our security, freedoms, and everyday life. With so much at stake, competence, efficiency, and fiscal prudence are essential, yet Americans know these institutions fall short. Many despair that they are too big and too hard to reform. Robert Gates disagrees. Having led change successfully at three monumental organizations--the CIA, Texas A&M University, and the Department of Defense--he offers us the ultimate insider's look at how major bureaus, organizations, and companies can be transformed, which is by turns heartening and inspiring and always instructive.--Adapted from book jacket.