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Book Review: Full Steam Ahead by Kenneth Blanchard, Jesse Lyn Stoner and Patrick Lencioni

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Full Steam Ahead: Unleash the Power of Vision In Your Work and Your Life by Kenneth Blanchard, Jesse Lyn Stoner and Patrick Lencioni is an important work on setting forth an overall direction for a company’s future operations, strategic direction and the road map for achieving goals that merit attainment.

The basic elements of the book include the team vision, refocus, what’s next and having passion for the business. The purpose addresses an organization’s reason for existing. Part of this task is to identify what business you are really in.

According to the authors, one of the most important aspects of the journey into the future is to inspire excitement for the commitment. In addition, it’s necessary for an organization to set forth the end result or overall goal so that stakes and the required effort can be understood and implemented more easily.

The authors also stress the importance of having clear values, an honest approach to things, a respect for expertise, transparency and accountability. The book discusses the deployment of creative tension in an organization in order to discover new options, unanticipated problems, unwarranted assumptions and a crystalization of what the future might possibly hold for the company and industry.

The authors set forth ways to refine the team vision by brainstorming, small group encounters and eliciting input by distributing detailed questionnaires to poll opinion within the entity, The most important thing to articulate is the vision and the roadmap for instilling specific paths, goal measurement, congruency and milestone attainment to key stakeholders in the organization.

Full Steam Ahead is an important advance in strategic management of a business entity. The acquisition of this resource will benefit an organization, the industry itself and strategic constituencies like the government, investors and customers.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.