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How to Lead: What You Actually Need to Do to Manage, Lead & Succeed. [Paperback]

Jo Owen
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August 30, 2005 0273693646 978-0273693642
This provocative yet practical book, is the essential guide to the theory and practice of leadership - whatever your level in an organisation. It's both an indispensible yet entertaining guide to the core skills of leadership and a practical handbook for getting to the top and staying there - the single book guide to a successful career. A unique and brilliant combination of authoritative guidance and stimulating and entertaining advice, it includes novel material on career limiting moves, advice on what to do when you look like you are about to become an involuntary member of the cock up club and how to lead by following. This leadership handbook will help managers become leaders and help them rise to the top. It is the single book, whole career guide.

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How to Lead

 

What you actually need to DO to manage, lead and succeed

 

 

There¿s no doubt about it ¿ leadership skills are a very powerful career advantage. Every organization is looking for emerging leaders, and for those who stand out, there¿s a bright future ahead.

 

The good news is that everybody can develop and show leadership skills, wherever you are in your career. It¿s never too early, or too late.

 

An awful lot of guff has been written about leadership ¿ whatever others would have you believe, you can be an effective leader even if you aren¿t a composite of Nelson Mandela, Ghandi and Shackleton.

 

How to Lead is the book to cut through the daunting hero talk, the nonsense and the fluff. Put simply, leadership is about what you do and how you behave, so that¿s what this book is about.

 

Based on actual research, it sets out the practical skills and behaviours that distinguish effective from less effective leaders, and shows you how to develop and deliver these vital assets.

 

It doesn¿t absolutely guarantee success, but it loads the dice in your favour.

About the Author

Jo Owen has an outstanding track record of leading and creating businesses in the UK and Japan. Most recently he is the founder and Director of Strategy for Teach First - a not for profit initiative that takes the top graduates from UK universities and places them in inner city primary schools for two years before going on to a corporate career. He writes the leadership column for the Institute of Directors and as Director of Strategy for Teach First is shaping their "Learning to Lead" programme for top UK graduates. Jo is the author of the bestselling Management Stripped Bare, which is now in print in several languages worldwide.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times Management (August 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273693646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273693642
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,917,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jo Owen practices what he preaches as a leader. He has worked with over 80 of the best, and a couple of the worst, organisations in the world in a career which has crossed all the major continents and most industry sectors. He is a serial entrepreneur and founder of several successful start ups, including Teach First which is now one of the top graduate recruiters in the UK.

His leadership research is drawn from interviews and surveys with over 2000 managers at all levels, as well as research with traditional societies such as Mongol nomads, Saami reindeer herders, Laikipia in Kenya, Papua New Guinean tribes and even with French bureaucrats in The French Prime Minister's office and beyond in a study conducted with Oxford University

He has two new books coming out this year (Power at Work and Tribal Business School). He has presented two TV series as a trouble shooter in challenging schools.

Jo Owen is able to mix theory with a strong dose of reality and a wide range of stories from planet management that make his advice both credible and digestible.

His career highlights include:
' Putting the blue speckle in Daz
' Selling his blood in Afghanistan
' Becoming the best nappy salesman in Birmingham
' Becoming the Head of Research (in fact, the only researcher) for the SDP: the SDP promptly collapsed.
' Building a business in Japan without speaking any Japanese. Japan went from imminent world domination to the permafrost of recession.
' Getting sued for $12 billion
' Starting a bank
' Presenting two TV series for the world's most obscure channel: Teacher's TV.
' Co-founding three national charities in the UK: Teach First, Future Leaders and Start Up for offenders.

His speaking and training topics include:
' Leading edge leadership
' Managing change
' Tribal business school: lessons of survival and success
' Managing your boss (for CIPD and CMI among others)
' Making a difference

As a leadership and power commentator on broadcast media he comments on:
' Political and business leadership: failures, successes, challenges and solutions

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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique managment book on leadership November 28, 2006
Format:Paperback
For several years our company was looking for sources on management leadership, particulalrly, related to managment of high-tech startups. Prior to this book, the best source we found was a US army manual "Small unit leadership".

In my opinion, the best feature of the book is the fact that Jo Owen is a successful CEO himself. In addition, he interviewed 70 other business leaders for this project. Consequently, the book is full of practical real-life information and not PC psycho-babble. The writing style is very easy going and often funny. I was able to identify critical problems with some of our management practices after finishing the first 3 chapters of the book. We immediately got 10 copies for all the managers and team leaders in our company.

One possible improvement could be to add more examples in the text since most of the examples are in the last chapters of the book. However, I did not find this to be a critical problem.

In my opinion, this is the most helpful book on leadeship in management. By the way, I am a CEO of a high-tech start-up with 75 employees.
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