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Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  14 reviews
"With good judgment, little else matters. Without it, nothing else matters."
Whether we're talking about United States presidents, CEOs, Major League coaches, or wartime generals, leaders are remembered for their best and worst judgment calls. In the face of ambiguity, uncertainty, and conflicting demands, the quality of a leader's judgment determines the fate of the entir...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Portfolio (first published April 20th 2007)
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Chris Ross
I listened to the audio book and it was only so so. For the most part the book is boring. This book is essentially a collection of stories from the authors' experiences and anecdotes about both good and bad leadership judgement calls and post-mortems of them. This book will not teach you how to make judgement calls though you can learn from the examples in this book. The story about the triage nurse shifting resources from an 80 year old man in cardiac arrest to a pregnant teenage girl with a bu...more
Judgment was hugely disappointing. Warren Bennis is a guru, and the book has been talked up no end. And to give it its due, the case studies are extensive, often fascinating, and well-researched. But the insights are so obvious as to be banal. We learn, for example, that leaders have to have "character and courage." And "values." Come on. The taxonomy of judgment, according to Bennis and Tichy include "pre-decision," the "call", and the "execution." There are 3 kinds of judgments that matter: ju...more
This is a book by famed leadership guru Warren Bennis on making judgements. It focuses on making judgements in three realms: Key People, Strategy, and Crisis. It talks about having a Teachable Point of View (TPOV). The crux of the book is we need more leaders with better judgement skills. I hope our president and political leaders could make better judgements instead of doing things based on politcal expediency. The following areas influence our judgement:
1. self-knowledge
2. personal values &...more
Three big takeaways from this book:

First, leaders should develop a teachable point of view or TPOV. A leader who has a consistent TPOV brings a predictable perspective to every discussion. After a while, it becomes the organizations way of viewing/processing/addressing issues.

Throughout the book, the authors also talk about the value of creating a story for the organization. Write the story. Tell the story. Tell it often.

Third, invest in the leadership culture. Nearly all the leaders profiled...more
Edwin B
I didn't even know if this book was positively reviewed, or not, when I decided to read it - the reason being the subject matter of leadership judgment fascinated me - and my curiousity was piqued when this title came up in my online browsing of audiobooks available through my local library. It didn't show up in a search of New York Times bestsellers, but were there any practical gems I could pick up regardless of this book's popularity? So I read it, and found out about the dynamics surrounding...more
This book bounced around a lot. I didn't like the format of how the book was organized. I wished they had just taken a case study and told us the good and bad points. This book is very CEO business driven. The last chapter dealt with education though. I didn't take away a lot from it other than the fact that the people that a leader hires to work with can make a break a company, and how a leader deals with a crisis can make a big difference in a company's future.
Nov 24, 2007 Sunlita rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who want to be a great leader
I even haven't got a full-time job when I read a review (in Business Week) about this book. They reviewed everything about this book, that made me speechless now. Maybe I'll buy this book, after I have some extra money to spent off, for my leadership improvement.
i've tried finishing this one but i finally gave up on it...i guess i was looking for more advice, rather than case study after case study...maybe that comes farther in the book than i got but i decided that i'm not interested enough in sticking it out to find out...
Doug Allen
A bit dated (includes Hurd's short-lived turnaround of HP) and a little too much focus on Welch and Immelt's work at GE. Some good cases and frameworks.
I recommend this book to all leaders. It's a good read that shows the complexities of decision making.
Lori Grant
A must-read book on leadership for knowledge workers, managers, directors, C-levels, and entrepreneurs.
2 of the world's best teaming up on a subject that's scarcely been tackled so extensivly.
Jun 28, 2013 Lara marked it as changed-mind-stoppedreading  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lara by:
People, Strategy, and Crisis.
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