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Harder Than I Thought: Adventures of a Twenty-First Century Leader Hardcover – November 27, 2012
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ADVANCE PRAISE for Harder Than I Thought:
Michael Beer, Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School; Chairman, TruePoint
If you want to prepare yourself for the incredibly difficult and complex job of CEO, read this book. Using their extensive knowledge of top-level management, the authors weave an excellent and engrossing fictional account of the challenges faced by Jim Barton as he takes charge of an aerospace company facing significant business problems.”
Frank McKenna, Deputy Chairman, TD Bank Group
Harder Than I Thought is both entertaining and edifyinga rare combination for a business book. A delightful and instructive blend of fact and fiction, this book is essential reading for any aspiring executive.”
Hisashi Imai, Dean, Nomura School of Advanced Management, Tokyo
Finally! The long-awaited new episodes of Jim Barton, IT leader turned CEO. Although the reader’s industry or country context may be different from Barton’s, the fundamental leadership challenges are the same. I highly recommend this book for any aspiring leader anywhere in the world, especially newly appointed CEOs and CEO candidates.”
Karen Fine Coburn, President and CEO, Cutter Consortium
A delightful cliff-hanger of a book that delivers essential wisdom for twenty-first-century CEOs. Walk in the shoes of a new CEO and learn what effective leadership truly demands.”
Wang Shi, Chairman, China Vanke Co., Ltd.
Jim Barton’s undying quest for bold ideas and his persistence to push for change against all odds are inspiring. He is a motivating role model for all leaders and entrepreneurs who aspire and fight hard every day to do better.”
Tom Lee, Hughes M. Blake Professor of Management and Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
Harder Than I Thought is a fascinating, highly informative, and fun book to read. It captures and conveys the personal demands of being a CEO so very well.”
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The subject of my review was excerpted from this passage in Abraham Lincoln's "Annual Speech to Congress, on December 1, 1862: "The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves...." More recently, Albert Einstein observed, "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." The title of one of Marshall Goldsmith's most valuable books proclaims, "What got you here won't get you there." By the end of this book, Austin, Nolan, and O'Donnell have skillfully guided Barton through a process of discovery that enables him to respond effectively to the given challenges. The details are best revealed in context, within the narrative's development.Read more ›
This is about major strategic change and the execution challenges in implementing change. One area the book excels in particular, where most books of its type are silent, is the need to assess the composition of a Board of Directors and how critical, although delicate, it is to make the changes needed for the Board to be as relevant to the challenges of the change in strategy as must be the re-constituted management team.
The storyline is engaging, which I won't ruin by further disclosure here. Its appeal should be for the management student, the aspiring manager and the experienced manager facing a major strategy change. That about encompasses everyone in business management!
This was a book well worth reading, and I will look forward to engaging in other titles by these authors.