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More Than a Motorcycle: The Leadership Journey at Harley-Davidson: Book by Lee Ozley

More Than a Motorcycle: The Leadership Journey at Harley-Davidson

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ISBN: 9780875849508    Publisher: Harvard Business School Publishing Year of publishing: 2000     Format:  Hardback Language: English
In the late 1980s, Harley-Davidson beat back an assault by Japanese competitors and engineered a remarkable financial turnaround. But it subsequently faced an even more formidable challenge: maintaining...Read more
In the late 1980s, Harley-Davidson beat back an assault by Japanese competitors and engineered a remarkable financial turnaround. But it subsequently faced an even more formidable challenge: maintaining and improving on its success in the absence of an external crisis. To answer this challenge, then-CEO Rich Teerlink, partnering with organizational consultant Lee Ozley, threw out the top-down strategies that had just saved the company and began building a different Harley - one that would be driven not by top management, but by employees at every level. What happened next is the stuff of turnaround legend. "More Than a Motorcycle" is the story behind the story of the purposeful transformation of an American icon, as told by the two individuals most deeply involved in that decade-long process. The book chronicles the victories and setbacks along Harley's difficult journey from a traditional 'command-and-control' culture to an open, participative learning environment.
Teerlink and Ozley deliver three fundamental messages: people are a company's only sustainable competitive advantage; there is no 'quick fix' to effect lasting, beneficial organizational change; and, leadership is not a person, but a process to which everyone must contribute. They provide practical, reality-tested prescriptions for critical tasks like developing employee alignment, building structures that support participation, and implementing effective reward programs. Finally, they draw lessons from the Harley experience - lessons about values, trust, and community - that apply broadly to any business. An against-the-odds story of a business road less traveled, this book encourages today's leaders to look around the next bend-and to give every employee a view of the road from the driver's seat. Rich Teerlink is the retired Chairman and CEO of Harley-Davidson, Inc., and speaks internationally to corporate and educational institutions. Lee Ozley is an organizational consultant and coach. Both are Corporate Fellows at Auburn University's Graduate School of Business.
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About the author: Lee Ozley
Rich Teerlink is the retired Chairman and CEO of Harley-Davidson, Inc. Since retirement, he has been speaking internationally to corporations, industry... Read more
Rich Teerlink is the retired Chairman and CEO of Harley-Davidson, Inc. Since retirement, he has been speaking internationally to corporations, industry organizations, and educational institutions.
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