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Lead by example. Lead without fear.

"This is not another theoretical business book. It is a book about fearless leadership in action--the spirit, resiliency, quick alignment, and the ability of teams to generate possibilities and results despite tough economic conditions. The process Loretta describes in this book works--if you have the courage to lead in a new way."
Jim Gowans, President and CEO, De Beers Canada

"Successful leaders take a hard stand about paying for performance, and do not fall into the trap of paying for effort. Loretta tells leaders exactly how to accomplish this by creating an environment where people take personal accountability, collaborate, and hold each other accountable for consistent exceptional results."
Raj Gupta, Chairman and CEO, Rohm and Haas Company

"Once again Dr. Malandro hits the bull¹s eye. This book articulates a powerful strategy for leaders who aspire to be more than ordinary by building a high performance culture that produces consistent extraordinary results. I know it works. With her help, I have been there and have reveled in the success."
Frank Patalano, former Chief Operating Officer, Zurich North America

"Loretta's book is a powerful roadmap for anyone committed to being a transformational leader. It provides clear, actionable steps that drive organizational growth and long term success."
Raj Rawal, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Burger King Corporation

"Fearless Leadership is an exciting and valuable book that will profoundly influence global leaders at a time when a new approach is urgently needed. This book is a compelling call to action that every leader must read."
John J. Ryan, President and CEO, Rabo AgriFinance

"The most difficult leadership challenge is changing behaviors. For companies to be different, leaders must lead differently. Loretta is the best at helping make these concepts real and actionable."
David M. Thomas, former Chairman and CEO, IMS Health and former Senior VP, IBM

"At a time of unprecedented challenges to complicated academic and research institutions and when complacency from past successes collides with the harshness of today¹s environment, new leadership solutions are required. This thought provoking book provides leaders with new perspectives and skills that can be of immediate impact.
Michael A. Friedman, MD President and CEO, City of Hope

"This groundbreaking book is the first to clearly identify the behavioral barriers to change that every leader faces and provide a powerful solution that every leader can apply. Based on the business results we have achieved, I can tell you unequivocally that the process Loretta describes in this book works."
J. LaMont Keen, President and CEO, Idaho Power

"Loretta knows how to build a management team that will give any company a clear competitive advantage. She has described it all in this new book. A book that is sure to make it to the 'must read' list of business books in 2009 and beyond."
Frank Proto, Chairman of the Board, Agrium Inc

"This insightful book clearly identifies how behavior sabotages personal and organizational success, and what to do about it. The powerful solution provided by Malandro--100% accountability--is exactly what every company needs, especially today."
Greg Stewart, P.Ag., President and CEO, Farm Credit Canada

“Kotter defined the problem-change efforts routinely fall short because they fail to alter behavior--and Malandro delivers the solution. This impressive book provides leaders with the sure-fire process for achieving sustainable behavioral change and getting the business results they want, fast.”
Janet Plaut Giesselman, president and general manager, Dow Oil and Gas

“Are you a CEO or leader? Need a sustainable high-performance team fast? And the courage to make tough calls? Then read Malandro.”
John Willson, board of directors, Finning International and Nexen

“Loretta has nailed the real issue in one blow. People are the business. This compelling book tells you how to build personal accountability, great leaders, and a great organization.”
Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive Officer, AngloGold Ashanti

“If you are looking for a step change in leadership performance, then you need to read this book. Unlock the potential and learn how to drive the actions, behaviors, and sustainable business performance that you expect. It works.”
Mike Waites, President and CEO, Finning International

“The leadership arena today is a giant mine field with both great ideas and unproven nonsense. Thankfully, Malandro delivers the real deal. This book is filled with concrete ideas for building high-performance organizations. I've applied many of them with great success. It's well worth the read.”
Marvin Romanow, President and CEO, Nexen

About the Author

Dr. Loretta Malandro is president and CEO of Malandro Consulting Group, a firm with 35 years' experience working with clients worldwide across diverse industries. The company is known for rapidly transforming organizational effectiveness and business results through high performance leaders, teams, and cultures.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071624643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071624640
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

As CEO of Malandro Consulting Group, Dr. Loretta Malandro is known worldwide for her expertise in organizational communication and cultural transformation. She is the innovator of 100% Accountability and her company delivers consulting services and programs using this model for building High Performance leaders, teams, and organizations.

Loretta received her Ph.D. in Communication Theory and Research from Florida State University and her undergraduate degree at Kent State University. For the past 30 years, her company, the Malandro Consulting Group, has worked worldwide with Fortune 1000 companies. The Malandro group is known for helping leaders build world-class teams and organizations that produce extraordinary results based on people working effectively together.

She is the author of several landmark business communication books published by McGraw-Hill Publishers including Fearless Leadership: How to Overcome Behavioral Blind Spots and Transform Your Organization and her most recent book: Speak Up, Show Up, and Stand Out: The 9 Communication Rules You Need to Succeed.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Kevin Toomb on August 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
How well is your team adjusting to the new reality that exists locally and globally? Given the economic crisis we have all endured, our pathways to success have changed dramatically. After you determine your new pathway, you will have to focus on needed transformation. FEARLESS LEADERSHIP provides a number of unique, experience-based concepts and initiatives that can help leaders like you transform their teams, their companies, and themselves.

The author, Loretta Malandro, identifies 10 common blind spots that derail leaders by diminishing teammate trust, which can seriously undermine business results and inhibit meaningful change. FEARLESS LEADERSHIP also provides methods for leaders to diagnose their personal blind spots, which are invisible to them and clearly visible to their teammates, peers and competitors.

FEARLESS LEADERSHIP can help you become a more courageous leader by guiding you through LEADERSHIP EXPLORATION (i.e., ways to identify your negative leadership elements) and providing ideas for LEADERSHIP ACTION (i.e., effective initiatives designed to overcome identified leadership problems).

Increase your courage, transform your company, and become the kind of new leader that we need in this New World.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald Hurzeler on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Fearless Leadership needs to be mandatory reading for anyone who has a job. The book deals with the obstacles we all encounter at work. It points out how we can let those obstacles stop us in our tracks or we can deal with them and succeed personally and/or as a team. It is about our own personal leadership, whether we are "just" an employee or the big cheese. It shows how to recognize barriers to success and then how to deal with those barriers effectively.

I've studied with Dr. Malandro and I know her techniques work. This book is an easy and interesting read that gets at some very important aspects of all of our work lives. The section on dealing with our blind spots would make the purchase worthwhile all on it's own. I highly recommend the book to you, those you mentor or coach and for anyone you want to succeed at work.

Don Hurzeler, CPCU, CLU
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Thousands of books will tell you that you need engaged and motivated workforce of high integrity that works together as a team etc etc. This one is the long awaited book that tells "how" you can do/achioeve all the above. Easy to read, lots of real time examples that you can relate to. I would recommend this book to all leaders of all levels including those that lead a family.

I like the way the book is written as if the author is talking to the reader. You know what, I was actually, seeing the author as I read the book.

Like "Say It Right the First Time", HATS OFF to the Author.
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I’ve purchased the Kindle version of Speak Up, Show Up, and Stand out and I am half-way through it. I am also re-reading Dr. Malandro’s book, Fearless Leadership. I am reporting reviews from both books. There is a part of me that wishes I could find a flaw that would constructively illuminate something, but I haven’t and frankly I have no confidence that I will.

Fearless Leadership provides a powerful approach for building high performance teams and leader’s. It makes you think and gives you a roadmap for achieving a new level of success.

Dr. Malandro’s new book, Speak Up, Show Up, and Stand Out broadens the audience to include people at all levels in an organization and drills down to specifics by providing practical scripts and guidelines for how to communicate effectively in today’s environment.

Speak Up, Show Up, and Stand Out talks about so much of what is necessary for many of my clients right now. This is especially true in making expectations clear and being aware of the unintended impacts of misused e-communication that the author writes about. In meetings and calls with my clients, it's quickly apparent how we humans live in our own world and standards. SUSUSO speaks to this precisely. It's a great reminder about how consistent and vigilant we must become if we are to bring accountability to what we're doing and achieve a new level of success.

On a broader level I hear a message in both Fearless Leadership and Speak Up, Show Up, and Stand Out that real, sustained communication and leadership effectiveness requires a high level of personal accountability. In other words, we must live by high personal standards or what Loretta refers to as the 9 Communication Rules.
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"Fearless Leadership" masterfully connects leadership performance with organizational performance. It addresses "what's not working" in terms of leaders' behavioral blind spots, and presents a clear, precise, practical pathway for identifying and removing them.

What I have not found presented elsewhere is the connection between addressing leadership blind spots and improving organizational performance. The book is at once a personal "call to action" for taking a hard look at one's own individual leadership behaviors, as well as an optimistic articulation of how to achieve organizational excellence. Case studies of actual individual and collective transformations tell the story, along with easily-accessible "take away" points that can be put to good use right away.

I have worked in the corporate world for 40 years and do extensive reading about improving business performance. I highly recommend this book. It is well-focused, well-researched and very well written. It is both passionate and pragmatic. I believe it can make a positive difference in one's personal and organizational life.
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