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How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership (Business Books)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  60 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
This gem of a book gives the rest of us the pleaure of listening to Marilyn Carlson Nelson and being inspired by how values can make a difference in business and the world.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 11th 2008 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published September 1st 2008)
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Jan 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
The book is neither inspirational nor motivational. It’s not well researched either. The lessons that the author tries to derive from her experiences are either too exaggerated or too obvious. As much as the book is boring for its mundane writing, it’s boring because the author fails to bring out any element of empathy from the readers for her experiences. Throughout the book I wondered how a book like this can ever be published. The title of the book is totally misleading. ‘How we lead matters’ ...more
Ashraf Haggag
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this valuable book , It gave me a wider view on leadership .I recommend it to companies leaders and senior management.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is a book written by the privileged, for the privileged. It is full of anecdotal cliches and memories of Carlson Nelson's life, a life full of ski trips and Ivy League schools and dozens of other things us peasant folk could never relate to. She is unabashedly ignorant: she LITERALLY refers to a Black woman as "colored" - ok Jim Crowe Carlson, thanks for the backwards time travel. She's completely out of touch with the real world, speaking primarily to CEOs and other privileged Americans wh ...more
Julie Baylor
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this short little book. It is not what you would expect, not a typical business book written by a powerful CEO, but true life experiences from a human perspective of a wonderful woman who also happens to have significant influence in the business world. Inspiring!
Dec 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
I can see using this book as a motivational tool. There are so many of these types about leadership (I've got 3 on my shelf), that it tends to get old after a while. What kept this book around for me is the setup. The book is comprised of one-page excerpts on the right hand side--little stories about leading. On the left hand side are famous quotes by famous people about leadership and the like. That part I loved because not only are they thought-provoking and motivational, they are tidbits you ...more
Aug 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was given this book by attending the 2009 Leadership matters annual meeting for Meet Minneapolis. Marilyn Carlson Nelson was the speaker and highlighted her stories and experiences from this book. She is a very entertaining and motivating lady. I admire her passion for people and volunteering. I thought it was neat of her to write this book because she wanted her grandkids to know her when she's gone. I feel the book doesn't realy do justice as it does hearing her talk about her experiences. s ...more
Jessica Lindgren
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book made me laugh, made me cry, made me widen my eyes in wonderment at Marilyn's worldview, accomplishments, and life. Well-worth a read, and I'm so glad that this was published as a book and made accessible to the public rather than kept as a memoir for her family.
Terrence Brown
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was a joy to read because of the quotes and it's simply a simple read. I also like the book because it is different from the other business books. It is affirmation that business leaders are excellent thinkers. This is a book that I would give to emerging leaders.
Sep 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
It has short, easy to read, inspiring stories of life and buisness. I learned many lessons for my life, even though I am not in the workforce.
Dec 05, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a worthwhile read, but very sentimental, and not at all a "business" book. The quotes are pretty cool, and having met Marilyn a couple of times, I can see how she got to where she is.
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
quick little read. good stories and selection of quotes but I was hoping for more meat on skills to be as successful
Jun 23, 2012 rated it liked it
I agree with another's comment: "This is a worthwhile read, but very sentimental, and not at all a "business" book."
Sep 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Bought this book for Dad but I read it first (!). Inspiring, quick read about CEO of Carlson Companies (MN based).
Vignettes of privilege, yes, but also valuable life lessons and meaningful quotes.A master of brievity, she freely shares with humility.
Todd Mckeever
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
It wasn't what I was expecting not written the way I thought it would be. It had some good stories and felt a little sentimental at times.
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