Praise for The Truth About Leadership
"This book cuts through the clutter and reminds us of what really matters. The introduction alone is worth the price of the book."—Patrick Lencioni, president, The Table Group, and author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Getting Naked
"The leadership truths Kouzes and Posner lay out have not only endured the test of time but are even more relevant now in a world transformed by Twittering Millennials. Buy copies for yourself, your boss, and also for the up-and-coming leaders of your organization." —Charlene Li, author, Open Leadership, and founder, Altimeter Group
"Elegant in its simplicity and powerful in its depth, The Truth About Leadership dazzles.... This is that one-in-a-million book that serves to pull an entire field together for the reader. No matter how many books you've read on leadership, you will better understand each of them after reading this remarkable book." —Colonel Tom Kolditz, PhD, professor, US Military Academy at West Point, and author, In Extremis Leadership
"This is a book every leader should put on his or her nightstand and read a chapter a night."—Stephen Almassy, global vice chair, Ernst & Young Global Limited
"Regardless of your experience, age, generation, or life stage, The Truth About Leadership will remind you of the vital role leaders play in our lives, renew your interest in understanding what makes a leader great, and rekindle your desire to be an inspiring leader yourself." —Lynne Lancaster, coauthor, When Generations Collide and The M-Factor
"The Truth About Leadership provides some of the best practical advice on leadership I've read in a long time. If you have not read Kouzes and Posner and you manage people, shame on you.
Start here. If you have read their work and your workplace needs a shot in the arm, you'll find this book a quick, engaging jewel that will help you become a more trusted, credible, and valued leader."—Adrian Gostick, author, The Carrot Principle
This landmark resource presents a wide variety of perspectives and proven best practices from fifty of today's top executive coaches:
Nancy J. Adler John Alexander David Allen Shirley Anderson Julie Anixter Marian Baker Joel Barker Kim Barnes Christopher A. Bartlett Ken Blanchard Jim Bolt William Bridges W. Warner Burke Niko Canner Jay Conger Bill Davidson David Dotlich Leigh Fountain Robert M. Fulmer Joel Garfinkle Fariborz Ghadar David Giber Marshall Goldsmith Vijay Govindarajan Michael Hammer Phil Harkins Sally Helgesen Paul Hersey Frances Hesselbein Beverly Kaye Jim Kouzes Richard J. Leider Bobbie Little Jim Moore Howard Morgan Barbara Moses Bruce Pfau Gifford Pinchot Barry Posner C.K. Prahalad Gary Ranker Judy Rosenblum Stratford Sherman Ken Siegel Richard Strozzi-Heckler R. Roosevelt Thomas Jr.
Noel M. Tichy Brian Tracy Dave Ulrich Albert A. Vicere
What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? In this groundbreaking work, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle provides parents, teachers, coaches, businesspeople—and everyone else—with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.
Whether you’re coaching soccer or teaching a child to play the piano, writing a novel or trying to improve your golf swing, this revolutionary book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism.
Drawing on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research gathered on journeys to nine of the world’s talent hotbeds—from the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a classical-music academy in upstate New York—Coyle identifies the three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything.
• Deep Practice Everyone knows that practice is a key to success. What everyone doesn’t know is that specific kinds of practice can increase skill up to ten times faster than conventional practice.
• Ignition We all need a little motivation to get started. But what separates truly high achievers from the rest of the pack? A higher level of commitment—call it passion—born out of our deepest unconscious desires and triggered by certain primal cues. Understanding how these signals work can help you ignite passion and catalyze skill development.
• Master Coaching What are the secrets of the world’s most effective teachers, trainers, and coaches? Discover the four virtues that enable these “talent whisperers” to fuel passion, inspire deep practice, and bring out the best in their students.
These three elements work together within your brain to form myelin, a microscopic neural substance that adds vast amounts of speed and accuracy to your movements and thoughts. Scientists have discovered that myelin might just be the holy grail: the foundation of all forms of greatness, from Michelangelo’s to Michael Jordan’s. The good news about myelin is that it isn’t fixed at birth; to the contrary, it grows, and like anything that grows, it can be cultivated and nourished.
Combining revelatory analysis with illuminating examples of regular people who have achieved greatness, this book will not only change the way you think about talent, but equip you to reach your own highest potential.
Do More Great Work gets to the heart of the problem: Even the best performers are spending less than a fraction of their time doing "Great Work"—the kind of innovative work that pushes us forward, stretches our creativity, and truly satisfies us. Michael Bungay Stanier, Canadian Coach of the Year in 2006, is a business consultant who’s found a way to move us away from bad work (and even good work), and toward more time spent doing great work. When you’re up to your eyeballs answering e-mail, returning phone calls, attending meetings and scrambling to get that project done, you can turn to this inspirational, motivating, and at times playful book for invaluable guidance. In fifteen exercises, Do More Great Work shows how you can finally do more of the work that engages and challenges you, that has a real impact, that plays to your strengths—and that matters.
The exercises are "maps"—brilliantly simple visual tools that help you find, start and sustain Great Work, revealing how to:
• Find clues to your own Great Work—they’re all around you
• Locate the sweet spot between what you want to do and what your organization wants you to do
• Generate new ideas and possibilities quickly
• Best manage your overwhelming workload
• Double the likelihood that you’ll do what you want to do
All it takes is ten minutes a day, a pencil and a willingness to change. Do More Great Work will not only help you identify what the Great Work of your life is, it will tell you how to do it.
In this stunning follow-up to his best-selling book, The Five Temptations of a CEO, Patrick Lencioni offers up another leadership fable that's every bit as compelling and illuminating as its predecessor. This time, Lencioni's focus is on a leader's crucial role in building a healthy organization—an often overlooked but essential element of business life that is the linchpin of sustained success. Readers are treated to a story of corporate intrigue as the frustrated head of one consulting firm faces a leadership challenge so great that it threatens to topple his company, his career, and everything he holds true about leadership itself. In the story's telling, Lencioni helps his readers understand the disarming simplicity and power of creating organizational health, and reveals four key disciplines that they can follow to achieve it.
"Credibility is the most timely and important issue of our age. And with this book, based on a solid foundation of research plus their years of experience, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have thrown us a Hail Mary pass that can help to restore confidence and trust in our institutions. I am personally grateful to receive their pass. I bet that you will be too."—Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California; author, Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership
"My first suggestion on how to build your credibility: read this book and apply what you learn! Nothing is more important to a leader than credibility. Jim and Barry do a wonderful job of showing us all why it matters, how to earn it, and how to keep it! Another amazing contribution from the world's authorities on leadership!"—Marshall Goldsmith, author, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There
"Credibility should be on the must-read list for all leaders and potential leaders, and should be a required text for all business majors. Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner clearly outline the values and traits of credible leaders, and they both confirm and support the theory that we all want to work for 'credible' leaders. It is a fantastic read for all of us who aspire to be the leader that others want to follow."—Ann Rhoades, author, Built on Values; president and founder, People Ink
"Over the past twenty-five years, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have built—no exaggeration—the most significant body of leadership work on the planet. Credibility is a masterpiece because it accomplishes the seemingly impossible: it boils the vast, often-complicated and confusing act of leadership down to its purest essence and then teaches us how to put it into practice in all aspects of our lives. Simply put, this book will not only inspire you to make a difference, it will help you do it."—Steve Farber, author, The Radical Leap Re-Energized and Greater Than Yourself; president, Extreme Leadership, Inc.
"When I graduated from business school back in the early 1980s, I thought I had to be a 'superhuman' if I were to ever be a CEO some day. After two dozen years of being a CEO, I now know that it's not about being superhuman; it's instead about being a super human. If there's one leadership book that is the operating manual for how to be a super leader and a super human at the same time, it is Credibility. Loved every word of it!"—Chip Conley, founder and executive chairman, Joie de Vivre; author, PEAK and Emotional Equations
Based on surveys of more than 15,000 people, 400 case studies, and 40 in-depth interviews, Credibility shows why leadership is above all a relationship--with credibility as the cornerstone. The authors reveal the six key disciplines and related practices that strengthen a leader's capacity for developing and sustaining credibility.
"The Leadership Challenge is still popular and relevant after 25 years for a reason: it is a classic. No one provides more practical real-world advice than Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. This is the book on leadership that I recommend to all of my clients, and I think this is the greatest book on leadership ever written."
—Marshall Goldsmith, bestselling author, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There
"This is perhaps the most comprehensive field guide ever written for leaders. It has been a key part of my personal journey as a leader for years."
—Patrick Lencioni, president, The Table Group; bestselling author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage
"Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have done it again! In this all-new fifth edition of The Leadership Challenge—the bible for leaders everywhere—they have taken their leadership ideas to new heights, befitting of the challenges leaders face in this global era."
—Bill George, author, True North; former chairman and CEO, Medtronic, Inc.
"No book has ever chronicled the practices of true leadership better than The Leadership Challenge, and this updated edition deftly outlines how to be a phenomenal leader in the 21st century."
—Chip Conley, founder, Joie de Vivre Hotels; author, PEAK and Emotional Equations
"Now in its fifth edition, The Leadership Challenge has stood the test of time for good reason: it's quite simply one of the best books you'll ever read on leadership."
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One Minute Manager® and Great Leaders Grow
"I read The Leadership Challenge as a new manager building Oracle University and was deeply affected by it. It shaped me as a leader and influenced my career. Reading the fifth edition twenty years later, I am struck by how its wisdom stands the test of time while also providing fresh, relevant insights for leading at your best and mobilizing others to achieve the extraordinary."
—Liz Wiseman, author, Multipliers
"The Leadership Challenge remains one of the five best books I have ever read. Twenty-five years after its first publication, I still continually recommend it to others looking to improve as leaders."
—John C. Maxwell, leadership expert; bestselling author, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
"Leaders get people moving. They energize and mobilize. They take people and organizations to places they have never been before. Leadership is not a fad, and the leadership challenge never goes away."—from the Introduction
Visit www.leadershipchallenge.com to learn more.
Download the app The Leadership Challenge Mobile Tool below, which will help you engage with and act on the ideas in this book.
Experiment & take risks: learning from mistakes & successes/envision the future: imagining ideal scenarios/etc
The blockbuster bestseller now in a manga edition—fully illustrated and fun to read!
Beautifully illustrated by Kensuke Okabayashi, this enthralling edition of Patrick Lencioni's massive bestseller gives readers a new format in which to understand the fascinating, complex world of teams. Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech's CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni's gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight.
Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions that go to the heart of why teams—even the best ones—often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. This is a compelling fable with a powerful, yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional leaders.
Kensuke Okabayashi (Jersey City, NJ) is a working illustrator, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, and an instructor at the Educational Alliance Art School in New York City.
"The Advantage has more common sense in its 200 pages than I have ever found in a business book. A must-read."
—Colleen Barrett, president emeritus, Southwest Airlines Co.; coauthor, Lead with LUV
"Here is the next business classic. Even the best leaders will read this and wonder, 'Why aren't we already doing this?'"
—Enrique Salem, president and CEO, Symantec
"We are doing what most said could not be done in a down economy—start and exponentially grow a business. Using Lencioni's model for organizational health is an everyday choice and a way of life for our company."
—Liz Townsend, COO, My Fit Foods
"For more than a decade I've been using Lencioni's approach to run the departments I lead, and it has never failed me."
—Rick Friedel, vice president, AT&T Service Management
"Our teams and leaders have really embraced Lencioni's methodology. We've put these ideas into practice and we're experiencing the results that prove it works."
—David Gordon, COO, The Cheesecake Factory
"In The Advantage, Lencioni cuts through the corporate 'bull' that creates a culture of stonewalling and feet-dragging, and shows leaders at every level how to build up a culture of productivity and communication."
—Dave Ramsey, New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host
Praise for Getting Naked
"I've experienced the 'naked' approach firsthand and can say withconfidence that this book will transform the way we view client service. I wish every one of my vendors would read it and follow its advice."
—J. Miles Reiter, chairman and CEO, Driscoll's
"Lencioni has written the definitive primer on how to build relationships in business (and in life) that are at once authentic, fruitful, and lasting. Getting Naked is a must-read."
—Andy Lorenzen, senior manager, organizational talent strategy, Chick-fil-A, Inc.
"Lencioni's message on vulnerability really hits home. I can't imagine a service provider who wouldn't benefit greatly from the lessons in this insightful book."
—Tony Bingham, president and CEO, American Society for Training & Development (ASTD)
"I couldn't put it down. Another page-turner with a quietly powerful message from Lencioni."
—Mike Faith, president and CEO, Headsets.com, Inc.
"Put your feet up, check your ego at the door, and read Getting Naked. It's such an enjoyable read, you may finish the book in one sitting, but you will remember its message forever."
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Helping People Win at Work
The Guidebook for Those Who Guide Others!
Dan White has put his wisdom and experience into a book that is rich with both case studies and a discussion of how superb coaching works. I recommend this book for everyone in the field of coaching as a must-have resource.
—David Rottman, Senior Vice President – Human Resources, JPMorgan Chase
Like executive coaches, books on executive coaching come and go. Not this one. With this exemplary work, Dan White has accomplished the rarity of combining his personal and professional experience, using highly readable cases, with his understanding of relevant concepts and theories.
—W. Warner Burke, PhD, Edward Lee Thorndike Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
This is truly a magnificent read for any practicing or aspiring coach. Dan shares foundational theory, case studies, and learned techniques all in one complete resource.?
—Allison Weir, Leadership Facilitator, JetBlue Airways
Coaching Leaders is a must read for everyone who plans to do executive coaching. Dan combines his experience as a coach, teacher, manager and psychologist in a powerful, thoughtful and very readable book.
—Robert J. Lee, Managing Director, I Coach New York
This is the third book in the Jossey-Bass Reader series, Organization Development: A Jossey-Bass Reader. This collection will introduce the key thinkers and contributors in organization development including Ed Lawler, Peter Senge, Chris Argyris, Richard Hackman, Jay Galbraith, Cooperrider, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Bolman & Deal, Kouzes & Posner, and Ed Schein, among others.
"Without reservations I recommend this volume to those students of organizational behavior who want an encyclopedia of OD to gain a perspective on the past, present, and future...."
Jonathan D. Springer of the American Psychological Association.
Since it was published in 1996, The Leader of the Future has become a standard in the field, breaking new ground in leadership literature to establish itself as one of the most widely distributed, bestselling edited collections on the topic.
Now, ten years later, with all new contributions, The Leader of the Future 2 again gives voice to the most critical issues and transformative ideas of our day. This book features a Who's Who of today's top leadership thinkers from the private, public, and social sectors. A number of thought leaders from the first. Leader of the Future return, along with some exciting newcomers, to offer new insights, inspiration, and wisdom that will resonate for decades to come.
Returning Authors:Ken Blanchard with Dennis Carey Stephen Covey Marshall Goldsmith Charles Handy Sally Helgesen Rosabeth Moss Kanter Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner Richard Leider Edgar Schein Peter Senge Dave Ulrich with Norm Smallwood
New Authors:John Alexander Darlyne Bailey Lynn Barendsen and Howard Gardner Usman Ghani Ronald Heifetz Joseph Maciariello Jan Masaoka John Mroz Brian O'Connell Jeff Pfeffer Ponchitta Pierce Srikumar Rao General Eric Shinseki (USA, Ret.)
R. Roosevelt Thomas Noel Tichy with Chris DeRose Tom Tierney
"Reframing Academic Leadership is the most comprehensive book on the topic and an excellent source of knowledge for faculty and managerial leaders in every college and university. An invaluable resource for students of higher education leadership!"
—Maureen Sullivan, professor of practice, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science
"Reframing Academic Leadership provides a compassionate understanding of the stresses of leadership in higher education. It offers insights to those who do not fully appreciate why higher education is so hard to 'manage' and validation for those entirely familiar with this world. I recommend it enthusiastically."
—Judith Block McLaughlin, senior lecturer, director of the Higher Education Program, and educational chair for the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, Harvard Graduate School of Education
"Bolman and Gallos provide a refreshing view of leadership essential for those assuming presidencies and other important leadership positions in higher education. This work is a bedside reference for aspiring and current leaders in higher education not only in the U.S. but also abroad."
—Fernando Leon Garcia, rector, Sistema CETYS Universidad, Baja California, Mexico
"Bolman and Gallos have written a practical, lucid text that brings together illustrative vignettes and robust frameworks for diagnosing and managing colleges and universities. I recommend it to new and experienced administrators who willroutinely confront difficult people, structures, and cultures in their workplaces."
—Christopher Morphew, professor and chair, Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, College of Education, University of Iowa
"Reframing Academic Leadership is filled with real-world examples from leaders. The book reads like a guide for leading a chamber music rehearsal where one's role constantly shifts from star to servant and where multiple answers may be 'right.'"
—Peter Witte, dean, Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City
The second edition of best-selling Business Leadership contains the best thinking on leadership from the biggest names in the business. It offers leaders everything they need to know to prepare for today’s—and tomorrow’s—leadership challenges: how to understand the leadership process, identify opportunities, get things started right, avoid predictable pitfalls, and maximize success. Effective leaders use mind, heart, and spirit in their work, and this volume is designed to guide and support leaders in their efforts. With an introduction by Joan V. Gallos—editor of the highly praised Organization Development: A Jossey-Bass Reader—the author list for this invaluable resource reads like the who's who of business leadership.
Praise for The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family
"A guidebook for frantic families who want to reduce stress, tension, and pressure, and make the adventure of family life more exuberant."
—Frances Hesselbein, chairman and founding president of Leader to Leader Institute, formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit
Management; former CEO, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
"This is terrific. Just like he does in his business books, Lencioni combines great fiction with uncommon wisdom and practical advice. He provides simple toolsthat will help any family reduce stress and increase vitality."
—Tim Tassopoulos, senior vice president, operations, Chick-fil-A, Inc.
"By interjecting concepts like strategy and organizational values into families, Lencioni may just revolutionize the way we see our roles as leaders at home. This should be a classic."
—Jim Levine, author, Working Fathers: New Strategies for Balancing Work and Family
"Finally, a family book that doesn't bore me with academic jargon or make me feel inadequate as a parent. I loved it and put it to use immediately."
—Patty DeWitt, school teacher, wife, mother of three
"Patrick's delightful story is as engaging as it is powerful. He elevates the difficult role of managing a family to the place where it belongs."
—Elisa Morgan, CEO, MOPS International; publisher, FullFill
"I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs."—John Wooden
Evoking days gone by when coaches were respected as much for their off-court performances as for their success on the court, Wooden presents the timeless wisdom of legendary basketball coach John Wooden.
In honest and telling passages about virtually every aspect of life, Coach shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence. Raised on a small farm in south-central Indiana, he offers lessons and wisdom learned throughout his career at UCLA, and life as a dedicated husband, father, and teacher.
These lessons, along with personal letters from Bill Walton, Denny Crum, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bob Costas, among others, have made Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the Court an inspirational classic.
Praise for Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia
"The leader's mantra is: 'Try, fail, learn. Try, fail, learn.' Experiment, take risks, and then capitalize on the results. Leadership can be learned by anyone, the authors claim, and successful leadership in Asia—whether one is Asian or not—isn't unique. While environments may differ greatly, the practices of exceptional leaders are universal. Read the revealing case studies and analyses in this volume to learn why and, more importantly, how to develop these practices yourself."
—Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke, president, American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
"With all the focus and attention in the world on Asia, Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia is more than a timely reminder by Jim, Barry, and Steven that regardless of context and culture, leaders do make a difference. The examples, people, and companies in the book provide an insightful backdrop to what makes Asian leaders tick. More importantly, it shows that, while Asia is a largely hierarchical society, everyday leaders who inspire and influence positive action, regardless of titles or position, are what Asia and the world needs today."
—Martin Tan, co-founder and executive director, Halogen Foundation Singapore
"I've always felt that the best way to learn about leadership in business is to listen to those who have experienced success or failure who are willing to share their stories with others. This book does an exemplary job of educating us through the many experiences of real business people in Asia. Those stories—plus the authors' emphasis on the importance of learning to operate in the critical global environment—make this book an essential reading experience for anyone planning to do business in the exciting Asia market."
—Jim Thompson, chairman, Crown Worldwide Group
"The book annotates lots of easy-to-read and enjoyable Asian leadership stories that resonate with the time-tested and evidence-based, Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®. Explicit powerful leadership lessons can be drawn from each story coupled with invaluable wisdom and sound advice offered by the authors. A must-read for all leaders and aspiring leaders in Asia and beyond."
—Peter Cheng and Lily Cheng, authors of Real Leaders and founders PACE O.D. Consulting Pte Ltd
Harvey Mackay returns with the ultimate book on how to get, and keep, a job you truly love whether you're twenty-one, fifty-one, or seventy- one.
In this era of downsizing and outsourcing, you can never be sure your job will still exist in five years-or five weeks. So you'd better think of your career as a perpetual job search. That demands a passion for lifetime learning and the skills for relentless and effective networking.
Uplifting, amusing, and jam-packed with proven tips, Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door will guide you through the toughest job market in decades. It's also the definitive A-to-Z career resource for the rest of your life.