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The Disciplined Leader: Keeping the Focus on What Really Matters Hardcover – June 15, 2015

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“Peter Drucker famously said ‘Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.' John Manning shows you exactly how to identify those right things and get them done as effectively as possible!”
—Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times and global bestseller What Got You Here Won't Get You There

“Make space on your bookshelf for
The Disciplined Leader. John Manning shows any leader, whether CEO or small department manager, how to identify the Vital Few keys to success and hold people accountable, thereby delivering results. The principles and processes are straightforward and can be acted upon immediately.”
—Lloyd Lenson, Chief Operating Officer, CORT, A Berkshire Hathaway Company

“We must all evolve as leaders, and this book provides an invaluable framework for keeping leaders focused on the right things, providing accountability tools for management to stay on track and ensuring the right balance between great ideas, strategy, and execution.”
—Elise Buik, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Los Angeles

“The information that John Manning provides here is an indispensable resource for any leader. This approach helped guide us from our start as a small regional firm to becoming a national company and ultimately a global organization.”
—Guillermo de la Viña, CEO, Sigue Corp.

The Disciplined Leader is a concise compilation of tips that have helped us focus on what is most important. This book is a great resource for anyone wanting to build a stronger team and become a disciplined leader.”
—Tammy Miller, CEO, Border States Electric

“Being a disciplined leader is not about working more and harder than everyone else. It's about ensuring that every action you take exudes consistency, courage, and humility. The Disciplined Leader is an invaluable guide to help today's C-level executives succeed—it's required reading for my entire management team.”
—David Berman, President, RingCentral

The Disciplined Leader emphasizes the key leadership fundamentals of passion, commitment, and people while stressing the importance of focus. The lessons are powerful and relevant for anyone in a leadership or management position.”
—Kelly Wright, Executive Vice President, Sales, Tableau Software

Book Description

Drawing on the accumulated expertise of one of the world’s top leadership development organizations, this is a comprehensive and accessible guide to effective leadership practice, written in fifty-two short, to-the-point chapters.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (June 15, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162656325X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626563254
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This most recent book from this organization is absolutely ASTOUNDING! The last book they had was more "testimonial" driven ... but, THIS book, is more about actual instructions on making the commitment, exercising courage, managing things that worry you, encouragement to 'know yourself', being truthful, having humility, how to zero in on your values .... along with a GREAT chapter on how to get out of your own way.... I of course, have become victim to this, and this of course, is of GREAT encouragement.

I have realized, that even the best of the best need lessons... Even the best golfers in the world need help ... They all need some kind of tune up on a regular basis.

Leaders are not any different --- Every leader needs some kind of tune up on a regular basis ... and this book does JUST that.

It truly has helped me to realign what I 'thought' I was doing right... It is a book of encouragement ... and uplifting....

I am also using this book from a personal perspective as well ... Being overweight ... THIS book is an excellent means of encouraging me to make a change in my own life where, for most of my life, my attitude and approach have been cattie-wompus....

I'm already looking forward to the next one....
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I don’t like John Manning’s “The Disciplined Leader”. I LOVE IT! It’s a fabulous read that is absolutely full of wonderful nuggets of wisdom. For whatever reason, Manning’s writing reminds me quite a bit of John Maxwell’s writing, and I’m willing to bet that if you’re a Maxwell fan, you’ll also be a Manning fan.
There were a few things that really stood out to me. One, Manning focuses on the Pareto Principle, or the 80/20 rule, which says that 20% of your efforts will produce 80% of the results. This is so true in virtually every area of life, and I’m glad that I learned it decades ago. However, that doesn’t keep me from thinking about there I should focus my 20% of the time almost every day.
Another thing I really like about “The Disciplined Leader” is the format. It’s written in quick, short snippets that are perfect to read while you’re in a waiting room situation. You can get meaning from just about every single snippet!
Finally, I really appreciate the thought that Manning put into the index. There’s not a lot worse than reading a book, trying to locate a particular point later, and not finding it. The index will save this read that problem!
John Manning, thank you for “The Disciplined Leader.”
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John Manning’s book reads like a daily leadership devotional. These 52 lessons apply to any leader in any industry or context. The Disciplined Leader delivers sound advice not simply on how to act, but on how to be in order to become a better leader. The book deals with the need to evaluate and evolve one’s attitudes and perspectives as a means for better performance outcomes.

There are so many ways to use this book to improve as a leader and as a team. I will read these lessons repeatedly as part of my effort to continuously look inward at the barriers that I’ve placed between the people on my team and their performance potential. I will also use this book as a 360º teaching tool to begin weekly team meetings. Everyone on your team is a leader at some level, and the book's advice applies to them as well.

Many of the other books that I’ve read about leadership espouse a specific leadership style, process, or context such as leading millennial workers. In The Disciplined Leader, Manning recognizes that there is no one size fits all leadership style. “There’s no perfect leader…” he writes in the opening sentence of the book. Instead, he focuses on the best practices of developing oneself into being a better leader.

Meditate on these 52 concise, powerful lessons and put them to work for you and your company. Your team will thank you for it.
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If there’s one thing that I’ve learned about goals and just plain getting things done, is that you need to break them down to work on them in pieces. It holds you accountable and makes life a whole lot less complicated and overwhelming. In tackling any project I take it one step at a time and pace myself so that I can succeed and, in the case of learning, absorb information.

I am continually trying to refine my leadership style and discover how I can be a more effective transparent and effective leader in everything that I do. I was fortunate to be given one of the best tools around to help guide my leadership in baby steps. I recently read the book “The Disciplined Leader: 52 Concise, Powerful Lessons Keeping the Focus on What Really Matters” by John Manning. This little gem is the kind of book that I keep on my nightstand to wake up to and digest quick leadership lessons before starting my day.

Manning is very passionate about the fact that the best leaders are disciplined. They focus on what is important –PEOPLE – in order to get results. To this end, he offers 52 great concise yet powerful lessons to read at leisure and digest. They focus on 3 key areas:

 Leading yourself
 Leading your team
 Leading your organization

Each lesson is followed up with tactics, practical advice and 2 action or reflective ideas which is why I loved the format and lessons. I can read just one at a time or skip around and still find relevancy and application to my day. The lessons are very hands on and user friendly. It’s like having a leadership bible at your fingertips. I enjoyed the easy reading that really helped me to set a leadership plan for life.
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