An insightful look at developing a culture of leadership in any organization.
This book tells the story of a newly appointed CEO of a small company andAn insightful look at developing a culture of leadership in any organization.
This book tells the story of a newly appointed CEO of a small company and his efforts to develop a culture of leadership in his organization. The CEO brings on a consultant to take over the HR department, who leads the team in a search for leadership practices and principles they can adopt. The team visits other companies, seeking out examples of strong leadership cultures in various types of businesses. Through these meetings with other companies and brainstorming, the team eventually identifies five key principles for building a leadership culture:
* Defining what "leadership" means * Training leaders in the skills they need * Providing leadership opportunities * Tracking the progress of leadership development efforts * Modeling leadership and leading by example
These principles are deceptively simple, and each could probably be the basis of a book on its own (and many of them have been). To get the most out of this book, you will want to read it more than once. When initially reading this book, the reader follows the story along with the characters, eventually arriving at the five principles. With an understanding of these principles in place, re-reading the book provides even more insight in putting them into practice.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in leadership, and especially to those looking to develop better leadership in their own organizations....more
A charming storybook featuring gorgeous artwork and lots of Magic Kingdom and Imagineering "easter eggs", including tributes to WED and John Hench. EaA charming storybook featuring gorgeous artwork and lots of Magic Kingdom and Imagineering "easter eggs", including tributes to WED and John Hench. Each of the stories contains iconic scenes from several lands and attractions, including Main Street, U.S.A., the Jungle Cruise, Splash Mountain, and Space Mountain. This is a great book for parents to read with young children, especially when planning a trip to Walt Disney World. It's also ideal to read just after a trip, to help relive the magic. ...more
Another great book in the "101 Things I Learned" series.
While Fashion is not an area of particular interest for me (as was the case with the books onAnother great book in the "101 Things I Learned" series.
While Fashion is not an area of particular interest for me (as was the case with the books on Film and Engineering), several of the principles in this book are generic enough to apply to other fields as well. In this case, because design is so integral to fashion, many of the "things" in this book are general design principles that apply far beyond the fashion runway.
Never underestimate the value of a well-timed kick in the pants!
At the heart of this book is the idea that confident humility is among the most importNever underestimate the value of a well-timed kick in the pants!
At the heart of this book is the idea that confident humility is among the most important traits for a leader to develop, and how an occasional (and often deserved) kick in the butt can help us become both more humble and confident, and in turn improve our leadership skills.
This book is based on the premise that at some point in their career, every leader experiences a kick in the butt of some sort. These can take the form of being fired, passed up for a promotion, being moved into a different organization, or any number of other metaphorical butt-kicks. Starting with this premise, the book explores how we can learn from those experiences to become better and more effective leaders.
The book starts with a section called "Transformative Humiliation" that explores the importance of embarrassment in the development of leaders, how as leaders we very often cause our own butts to be kicked, and how our reaction to having our butts kicked plays a key factor in whether we'll learn from it. The next section, "Career Kicks", explores different types of butt kicks that we might experience in different phases of a career, and the lessons we can learn from each. The next section, "Leading, for Worse or for Better", starts with a discussion of two common types of poor leaders (what he calls Pigheads and Weaklings) and how arrogance and weakness can get in the way of effective leadership, and then describes confident humility as an ideal balance between those two extremes. The section ends with a look at three types of confidently humble leaders: the Loyal Rebel, the Velvet Hammer, and the Genuine Faker. The last section of the book, "Be Humble, Be Good", discusses the value of kicking your own butt and what the author calls the "point of leadership goodness" - where a leader's self-respect and his or her respect for others overlap and strengthen each other.
The book is an engaging read and offers lots of examples of leaders (both good and not-so-good) who have learned - or are still learning - the lesson of shifting from arrogance and weakness to confidence and humility, and how doing so can help them improve their leadership effectiveness.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning practical tools to improve their own leadership....more
A great look at excuses that can sabotage your success.
As the title suggests, this book explores what the author calls "expensive sentences" - the excA great look at excuses that can sabotage your success.
As the title suggests, this book explores what the author calls "expensive sentences" - the excuses businesses tell themselves about what they can and can't do. Relying on these excuses often prevent businesses from the making the right decisions, and end up costing businesses not only in terms of lost time and money, but also in less obvious ways such as credibility, team effectiveness, and discouragement.
The book focuses on three types of expensive sentences: Stuck sentences, Special sentences, and Scare sentences, and explores three examples of each.
* Stuck sentences tell us that we can’t do certain things and we dare not even think about other things. The stuck sentences the book examines include “It’s Too Late to Turn Back Now” and “We’re Too Swamped to Deal with that Now”.
* Special sentences tell us that someone is outside the rules and principles that apply to others. Examples of special sentences include “We’re Different" and “That’s the Way We’ve Always Done It” (one of my favorites).
* Scarce sentences tell us that there is not enough of something we need or want. Example scare sentences include “We Can Probably Do That Ourselves” and “We Can’t Afford to Let Him Go”.
Each expensive sentence is given its own chapter, in which the author explores the sentence in detail, including the flawed thinking and fallacies behind these sentences, and examples that illustrate the impact and costs of using these expensive sentences. Each chapter also provides tips and suggestions for how to combat the use of these excuses, including "Wise Replies" (suggestions for how to respond to these sentences when we encounter them in our day to day lives) and hands-on exercises related to each.
Most readers will recognize these sentences, as they are unfortunately common in modern business, and I suspect we've all either heard them or even perhaps said them ourselves. One of the dangers of these sentences is that on the surface, they make sense and seem reasonable. This book shines a light on the true costs of these expensive sentences and shows readers the risks they run by falling back on these excuses when making decisions. And while the book is focused primarily on how these sentences show up in business, it's important to note that these same excuses can often show up in our personal lives as well.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in business, and in particular managers and business leaders looking for new insights into how they make their businesses more successful....more