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5.0 out of 5 stars It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best.
W. Edwards Deming once said, "It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best."
So how does one determine what she/he must know before doing one's best? There are a number of techniques, methodologies, certification programs in the market place today. All have value. Unfortunately, by design, they are exclusive requiring "experts"...
Published on September 15, 2007 by Root Cause Practitioner

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well-packaged fluff
Is your life a mess? Are you stuck in a rut? Do you find it difficult to believe in success? Is "positive thinking" a new concept for you? If so, then this book could provide just enough of a charge to jumpstart you into change. It could also lead you to reflect on your job, workplace, and methods - if you've never done that before - and a bit of perspective is always a...
Published on December 30, 2007 by Faolan


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well-packaged fluff, December 30, 2007
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This review is from: Grass Roots Leaders: The Brainsmart Revolution in Business (Hardcover)
Is your life a mess? Are you stuck in a rut? Do you find it difficult to believe in success? Is "positive thinking" a new concept for you? If so, then this book could provide just enough of a charge to jumpstart you into change. It could also lead you to reflect on your job, workplace, and methods - if you've never done that before - and a bit of perspective is always a good thing.

However, if you are a little more discriminating, then I advise you to steer clear. All in all, this is basically a sales pitch for the authors' product: their formulas (debatably original - but unquestionably trademarked), their other books and - if you happen to be a big company executive with money to burn - their lectures, courses and workshops. As all promotional literature, it does not really encourage readers to think; questions are posed only to be promptly answered, and reality tends to be black and white. The book relies heavily on catchy phrases, techno-talk, pseudo-science and glowing testimonials, while scrupulously avoiding any mention of possible doubts and criticisms - not to mention other methods, which, in this ambience, are viewed as competing products, not possible alternatives for intelectual exploration (for instance, you might be left with the impression that the field of graphic organizers begins and ends with Mind Maps...).

And if you're thinking of buying it because you're interested in "leading edge brain research" then I can tell you very firmly right now - DON'T. There is about as much "brain research" in this book as there is "fragrance of spring" in air freshener. No surprise, really, seeing as the science part is courtesy of mr Tony Buzan, the (arduously) self-promoted pseudo-expert on the brain. Now the sum total of what Buzan knows about brain science would fit into a very slim brochure indeed, judging by this and his other books (and much of it is rather dated, too - think 60-ties and 70-ties). What you really get, therefore, is very basic psychology with a lingering New Age flavor (our unlimited potential, positive thinking, affirmations and even a very, very delicate reference to synchronicity). This material is sanitized and "mainstreamized" by scientific jargon (it's never "the mind", for instance, but always "the brain") and a few naive (and sometimes quite misleading) inferences drawn
from basic neurological facts.

To be fair, there are some good, common-sense observations here, and a few pieces of useful advice. But all of these you can find elsewhere - and they are likely to be presented more clearly, honestly, comprehensively, and without self-congratulatory fanfare. Heck, some might even come free! Have you ever heard that "a smile is better than a frown"? Or that "a picture is worth a thousand words"? Well, these seem to be among these authors' "ground-breaking" discoveries - while the "revolutionary success formula", TEFCAS, is little more than a variation on the old theme "if at first you don't suceed, try, try, try again", with the added suggestion that before "trying again" it is useful to reflect on your mistakes and make necessary adjustments (Thank God for Tony Buzan! We would never have thought of THAT on our own....).

My conclusion? If you want to do your brain a real favor..... try some deep breathing exercises instead!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best., September 15, 2007
This review is from: Grass Roots Leaders: The Brainsmart Revolution in Business (Hardcover)
W. Edwards Deming once said, "It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best."
So how does one determine what she/he must know before doing one's best? There are a number of techniques, methodologies, certification programs in the market place today. All have value. Unfortunately, by design, they are exclusive requiring "experts" to be added who are not part of the existing process. These approaches assume that the majority of people implementing the process are not the experts, at least not until they join with an exclusive team or department. "Grass Roots Leaders, the brainsmart revolution in business" is an inclusive, practical, systematic approach that empowers the true experts on the front lines and their immediate managers to connect with senior management. It sparks a cultural shift that is both innovative and revolutionary.

This book is a terrific follow-up to "The Brainsmart Leader" providing practical examples of actual transformations that have occurred since the book was first released. It provides further illumination, clarification and practical examples in how anyone in an organization can become an agent and leader in innovation where she/he is now.

It is one of those books that will require you to read, absorb, reflect, experiment more than once. Because the components are broken down to a simplified level, you will find that the meaning of some the concepts will wash over you and you will need to go back again and again.

If you have never been exposed to mind mapping, chapter four is essential for you. Read it and then run, don't walk to getting more exposure and practice using this technique. For me, mind mapping was as revolutionary as when I was first introduced to spreadsheets and word processing 25 years ago. It changes and streamlines the way one views gathering and presenting information in condensed meaningful components.

Chapters three, six, seven and ten for me in particular are resources I keep at the ready for explanation and clarification. It is amazing to me that so much is packaged for only 25 U.S. dollars.

Finally, if you have a chance to participate in one of Tony Dottino's three day workshops, do it. If you are like me, you will find it frustrating, exasperating, illuminating, liberating and yes revolutionary. It does bring a systematic approach to understanding the drivers of process design, improvement and a proven method for joining management to the experts on the front line. Join the revolution and become a grass roots leader for your business, peers, customers and yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unleash the Brain Power of Your Workforce, September 21, 2007
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This review is from: Grass Roots Leaders: The Brainsmart Revolution in Business (Hardcover)
Grass Roots Leaders (GRL) is based on the premise that the people closest to the day-to-day work in your company are in the best position to both identify opportunities for improvement; and then implement change with the support of their managers. It is not the typical top-down, flavor of the month mandate for business process improvement that is rolled out by many large consulting firms.

Chapter 4, Creativity at the Grass Roots, provides an excellent explanation on how mindmapping is used to help individuals tap their visual thinking power for making powerful and logical presentations.

This book provides practical guidance for starting a grass roots revolution at any organization. As a client of the authors, I have personally witnessed the successful application of these leadership principles on hundreds of projects. A number of these case studies are included in the text. GRL is the only self-sustaining program on the market that uses basic left/right brain principles (see Chapter 6) to help people solve and roll-out solutions to business problems. In one case, the authors' approach helped an individual to completely turn around his life (See pages 118 to 119, Profile: What Happened to Charlie).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quantum Leap to a New Business Paradigm, January 15, 2008
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This review is from: Grass Roots Leaders: The Brainsmart Revolution in Business (Hardcover)
In a highly competitive global market economy, leaders are in an almost frantic search to gain a competitive edge or to just remain viable. The new buzzword among corporate leaders today is transformational. Literally hundreds of books are written on the subject of how to become a transformational leader. Rarely does a book transcends the petty differences and nuances of business models and theories and gets to the rudimentary core of real change.
The authors refer to their work as the brain smart revolution in business. However, I respectfully disagree. Calling this body of work, merely a revolution is the equivalent of calling the Mona Lisa simply a painting. Grass Roots Leaders, is the Brain Smart Leader on steroids. Any business leader, whether a one-man operation, or the CEO of a multinational conglomerate that reads this book will not only be personally changed forever, but will never look at business or personal challenges the same. This is beyond transformational it is neuro-transformational. Our creator gave us a brain; "Grass Roots Leaders" The Brain Smart Revolution in Business gives us the user manual for dummies. If you only buy one business book this year, make sure Grass Roots Leaders, is the one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Covey meets Ken Blanchard meets Malcolm Baldridge, October 18, 2007
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This review is from: Grass Roots Leaders: The Brainsmart Revolution in Business (Hardcover)
It appears that the best competition to Gallup's strength-based management comes from the exact opposite point of view - with proven results that it will be more effective in driving Gallup's Q12 scores. The idea that "rather than your brain being limited in capacity - the brain is actually unlimited in its ability to learn". The approach does not suggest making employees perform work activities in the areas of weakness, but does suggest that they develop all of their cortical skills. The resulting paradigm shift unleashes a previously untapped source of creativity among the workforce. Covey fans will be thrilled with the tools it provides for "becoming proactive", "seeking first to understand and then to be understood" and "synergizing". Ken Blanchard fans will see "employee engagement" taken to a whole new level. Proponents of process improvement movement will love the simplicity of the approach - and appreciate that while simple in concept it still involves hard work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be a Brain-Smart Reader, October 3, 2007
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The social megatrend of our time is the expression of native intelligence among those who haven't had a chance to express it. We've heard from many observers of this but extremely few who can teach us both how to encourage the trend and also channel it toward positive consequences.

The team that developed Grass Roots Leaders, by connecting this to the deep recesses of the brain, is unlocking the real springs of achievement. In a bold stroke, they are declaring that we can all be leaders, so long as we conform our actions to principles based on research into the brain. We have to dive beneath the level of observed behavior and performance statistics. For instance, the leaders who ignore the natural tendency of the mind toward truth-seeking and become satisfied with inaccuracy and vagueness will produce far below potential. The same goes for those who ignore the mind's quest for a complete picture of operations. This is a book to have on hand for continual review and reference.
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