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Cool Boss: The Art of Leadership in the 21st Century: Real World Examples and Case Studies from Some of the Coolest Leaders (Best Business Books) [Kindle Edition]

Can Akdeniz
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Book Description

Why are cool leaders more successful? Can Akdeniz argues that cool leaders have a huge advantage in this century and will continue to have a leg up on the competition for years to come, because they have managed to structure their business practices and leadership style to achieve success in a fluctuating and unpredictable market.

In "Cool Boss" Can provides you with the tools and techniques you need to evolve your business strategy and leadership style for the modern global marketplace. His work contains in-depth explorations of real world examples and case studies from some of the coolest business figures of today that continue to change the world with their unique, industry-dominating styles of leadership. It will be your comprehensive guide to becoming a cool leader, just like them.

He explains why Richard Branson is considered a visionary, despite numerous failures and a reputation for taking dangerous risks? What did Steve Jobs do that made him, and the Apple Corporation, the trendsetting giants of a massive industry? How did Mark Zuckerberg change the fundamental process of social interaction with the creation of Facebook? He gives also practical advice and success stories from other leaders like James Dyson, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, Bill Gates and others who have led the way into the new generation of cool leadership.

You will get Can's ideas on a wide array of topics and subjects, including...

> The difference between enabling and controlling
> How to lead by example and be an active participant
> Increasing accessibility and communication with employees
> Building unique connections between departments and projects
> Treating employees as people, not assets
> Staying humble and aware of the impact your leadership has on the world
> Being seen as a global leader and an agent of positive change
> Properly choosing when to risk and when to stay safe
> Pushing forward entire industries and societies through innovation
> How to inspire, motivate, and lead from the center
> The reasons why the hierarchical structure of the past is broken
> Improving your reputation as a cool leader
> Efficient restructuring of company vision and function
> How the old approach to business can still be damaging
> Increasing passion through enabling and energizing your workforce
> Balancing strong leadership and selfless humility
> Understanding the future, and the perpetual nature of change
> The best way to leave a legacy for the world.

Editorial Reviews


"This book is great for bosses who want to learn the secrets of being a better boss - but it's also a must-have for anyone who wants to learn some serious leadership skills. Based on the knowledge of the best cool bosses in business, Cool Boss reveals secrets about leadership and image that you've probably never even considered."

"You think you are cool? Then think again! Can's useful guide may be the wake up call you have needed. Having read another case study, MBA 2.0, from the very same visionary author, I have found his recent work splendidly complementary like the missing piece of a jigsaw."
Seren Ucyildiz, Vodafone UK

"Cool Boss takes you on a whirlwind tour behind the scenes of today's most game changing enterprises. Each chapter presents a different quality desirable in building a revolutionary modern business and inspiring a creative and committed workforce. Each characteristic is illustrated by a truly illuminating case study, each of which focuses on another of today's most famous, notorious, idolised or controversial - but most of all successful - business or political leaders. Find out what these icons do differently to pave a smooth road to success beneath their feet.

Unlike any other business book I've read, Cool Boss is un-put-down-able. At the close of each chapter, you just want to know more. Your mind is left whirling with all the ways you can put the ideas presented into practice. The book is well written in an informal and humorous style, guaranteed to keep the reader hooked to the end and provide some real inspiration." 
Jade Corcoran, Savvy Sidekick

From the Author

We have all seen the titans of modern business blazing trails into new areas of thought, altering cultural identity through innovative products, and selflessly giving back to the world in a wide variety of ways. On top of that, they look cool doing it, which is a growing trend in modern business theory that is paying off in a big way for. The qualities that define the careers and mentality of the cool, new generation of business leaders are specifically designed to fit within the modern world, leaving the obsolete and antiquated modes of leadership behind.

Product Details

  • File Size: 302 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Best Business Books (November 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EB09KGA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read August 20, 2013
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Awesome read! Cool Boss is one-of-a-kind, it is blunt, and shows that the "cool bosses" really have an advantage of the beige. It contains some seriously in-depth explorations of real world examples and case studies from some of the "coolest" business personalities alive today (like Mark Zucherberg).

I highly recommend this book. If you're looking to get ahead and want to lead in exciting and innovative ways, this book is a MUST read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great leadership advice September 5, 2013
By Lindsay
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"Cool Boss" is a helpful and fascinating look at an emerging corporate culture; where CEOs think "outside the box" and steer their companies to greater heights. Those profiled - Steve Jobs, Oprah, and Mark Zuckerberg to name a few - are people who have played a major role in changing the way we live and communicate. What Can Akdeniz has done is highlight the traits and unique styles that have helped them get to the top, and you can apply them to your own career.

My favorite profile was the first one. Jim Sinegal was the CEO of Costco and one of the reasons for his success was that he treated employees well and didn't elevate himself to a rarefied status in the company. If you shop at Costco, you can see the empolyees seem happy and enjoy their jobs. As "Cool Bosses" points out, they have the lowest turnover in retail. As anyone who has worked in retail can attest, that is quite a feat. Akdeniz shows how his non-traditional ways have played such a large part in Costco's success.

I highly recommend "Cool Boss", It's a great source of knowledge and inspiration you can use in your own career and life.
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I found this a very useful tool in teaching myself and others the qualities of good leadership. By using examples from various success stories of today, the book demonstrates the skills and styles that make for successful guidance of a business and it's employees. I'd recommend this book to anyone teaching leadership skills or wants stories that will inspire others and make clear various qualities of leadership.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timely and relevant August 26, 2013
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Although i went into this book thinking i was a cool boss, i finished the book realizing i still have room to grow. As it turns out being cool needs to be integrated into your culture across the office, enterprise, or organization. Training folks how to meet your expectations is important but empowering individuals to be great is key to creating an environment that is conducive to netting higher productivity. I'd also concur that innovation is paramount to being cool for nearly every organization or leader....ever heard of a guy named Steve jobs? Definitely a "cool" book for the boss who's looking to change the dynamics of his/her culture with the goal of capturing better, sustainable results from your workforce.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully life-changing August 23, 2013
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Can Akdeniz can leave you spellbound, but mainly because he has a way with words--he can deeply inspire just by telling stories or anecdotes. So imagine what a jaws-dropping experience it is when Akdeniz tells stories about real-life successful people--in fact, his book, `Cool Boss: Master 11 Qualities of Today's Greatest Leaders', is one shining example of Akdeniz's beguiling power--his breadth of knowledge and depth of wisdom are powerful elements that make this book utterly special.

Basically, `Cool Boss' is a book about business--or to be more specific, a book about running a business in a "cool" way, in careful consideration of the fast-changing circumstances of today's world. There is something so compelling about the way highly successful people live or do things--that's why this book can hold your attention and keep you turning the pages as if it's a suspense thriller. For example, I have always admired Richard Branson's rise from rags to riches, starting with a small store in the UK and progressing to become one of the world's most influential (yet still "cool") business magnates. His business and personal gimmicks have been a tremendous source of fascination for me--now, `Cool Boss' educates me about the fact that Branson isn't the only one who walks and talks that way--there is Zappos's Tony Hsieh, who always made it a point to find the best employees and further empower them, or SAS's Jim Goodnight, whose radical innovation in changing the structure of the workplace is so "against the grain" of common wisdom, it made me shake my head in sheer admiration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended August 13, 2013
By Dan
Format:Kindle Edition
I definitely recommend Cool Boss: Why Cool Leaders Are More Successful and 11 Qualities of Today's Greatest Leaders. It was a "cool" book! Being a cool boss is not just a convenience; it's a way of thinking that influences your whole business philosophy. The 11 qualities he outlines are sensible, easy to understand, and easy to apply to your work life.
The book talks about how there is still space at the "Cool Kids' Table" in the corporate cafeteria. People generally want to be liked, so obviously bosses like to be labelled "cool." Akdinez helpfully explains not only how to do this, but how it can help your business and how it can help your company's image. He actually talks about how being a cool boss can help your bottom line! I think that was the part that surprised me.
I thought the discussion about controlling vs. enabling was enlightening. Conventional wisdom is that a controlling boss will be able to force workers to get more done, but this book explains how giving workers some breathing space can enable their creativity and motivation, leading to an overall increase in productivity.
He describes this shift as a long-term change, not a temporary trend. Thus, the book addresses the issue of how to be an effective boss in a forward-thinking manner instead of simply dwelling on business tips for this week or this year. I like how he describes the change as an end to the old guard of business and how he describes cool bosses as far-seeing innovators. I hadn't really thought of a boss's "coolness" as correlating with their innovativeness. In general, though, there were a number of things that I had thought of in a different light before reading this. It gave me an interesting new perspective on issues in the business world today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Only examples are rich and famous men.
Only examples are rich and famous men. To make it more meaningful, I wish the author had included just ordinary, regular bosses. Not all of us can work for mega-corporations! Read more
Published 7 months ago by ahammerquilts
5.0 out of 5 stars You Need to Read this Book!
One of the best books on leadership in business and corporations I have read in a long time. It is not easy to get me exited about a book, but this one managed to do just... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jill R
3.0 out of 5 stars There can be success in different kinds of leadership
This book will encourage someone to be more enthusiastic about the quality of work they do and help them to analyze the kind of leadership they want to practice with people in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by scmk
3.0 out of 5 stars Criteria for being a successful boss
He has done research and can vouch for his ideas which seem logical. The book needs more careful proofreading for grammatical errors. Read more
Published 9 months ago by sea tern
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Compelling Exploration of a New Kind of Theory
"Cool Boss: Master 11 Qualities of Today's Greatest Leaders" is a business theory/advice book that studies in depth some of business's top leaders and what qualities took them to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by E. Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for Managers
Many of today's leaders share some unique and interesting characteristics. Cool Boss: Master 11 Qualities of Today's Greatest Leaders takes a strong examination in to some of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful!
Leaders are important, and the best leaders are continuously trying to improve their leadership qualities. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Danielle D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
A great book covering everything that makes a good boss admirable and likeable on a professional and personal level. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lucidity
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More About the Author

Can Akdeniz is entrepreneur, consultant and book author. He is regarded as one of the most inspiring business authors of our time. His books address an array of important business topics from general topics like productivity to more specific topics like the value of being seen as a "cool boss." In addition to running the acclaimed business blog, Can has released numerous books that have collectively changed the way people think about business and achieving success.

One of his first books, MBA 2.0 is an invaluable resource for practical business training. MBA 2.0 addresses recent business innovations in a way that many business schools do not, while also offering valuable insight into the future of business.

Another of Can's early works, Cool Boss, explains how being a cool boss can be an asset to your company's bottom line. It explains what bosses have been gamechangers and why their techniques have been so successful - so if you're starting a business or moving into a leadership position, Cool Boss is a highly relevant primer. In a similar vein to Cool Boss, Happy Company discusses the traits of companies that are great places to work. Akdeniz shares 14 strategies for making your own company a happy company.

Another popular release by Can is The Art of Hacking, which discusses the history of innovation, from Da Vinci to Steve Jobs. Also popular on the topic of innovation is Go Nuts, which deals with creativity and innovation.

One of Can's most recent releases is 9 Foundations for a Successful Career, which is a guide for reaching success at any stage of your career, whether you're at the start of your business career or well into your career and simply looking to switch jobs or industries.

CEO School is a compilation of 125 incredibly valuable pieces of advice from 25 of the world's top CEOs. Another of Can's recent releases, the book has proven to be immensely popular already.

Productivity Masterclass is a popular and helpful guide toward increasing your productivity. Every minute spent reading this book will pay off ten-fold in the increased productivity you will gain.

Kill the Normal is about revolutionary designs. It is not, however, geared specifically toward product designers; instead, Kill the Normal is a celebrated guide to learning how to think in a revolutionary manner. Whether you're reading for the historical overview of innovation design or to learn how to implement such innovative thinking in your own life, Kill the Normal has something for every reader.

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