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Ignited: Managers! Light Up Your Company and Career for More Power More Purpose and More Success
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“With a real-worldview of what it's like to lead in limited space, Thompson shows middle managers how to access their true power and purpose to achieve the work life they've always dreamed of. This book really delivers on its promise to Ignite the magnificence of all.”
Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level
“Brilliant; this is the best management book of the year. Jammed with vital takeaway value for managers it should also be required reading and a sobering look-in-the-mirror for every business owner and CEO. This breakthrough work absolutely sparkles!”
Jason Jennings, bestselling author of It’s Not The Big That Eat the Small-It’s The Fast That Eat the Slow, Less Is More and Think Big-ACT Small
“Thompson rolls up his sleeves and examines the dilemma of managers trapped in a Dilbertian world and provides a vision and road map to inspire organizational change and personal success”.
Chris Gorog, Chairman & CEO, Napster
“Ignited speaks to managers in a way that I’ve seen no other business book do before. With sharp insights and an authentic understanding of our roles, Thompson demonstrates how managers can create the future. With Ignited you’ll get the big ideas that spark as well as the fuel to get you there.”
Brad Simmons, Senior Partner Manager, Experian
“Like a demolition expert, Thompson craftfully implodes America's old school management chain, and shines the light on the hero in American business; The Manager. I was amazed at the immediacy in which you can apply the information in Ignited! Read this book and re-light the fire in your career, your company, and with everyone you come into contact with.”
W. Grant Eppler, Divisional Sales Manager — West, Heinz — Portion Pac
“If you want to change the world, you've gotta take a stand. With Ignited Vince Thompson does just that showing managers how, in this time of reinvention and chaos, they can rise above the constraints to put the heart and sole back into business. This book and its lessons
have the power to change your life and propel your career. Read it, Live it and Be Ignited!”
Erin Brockovich, Advocate, Author and Speaker
“Managers of the world, rejoice. There is finally a book for you. Vince’s book contains some of the best advice you’ll ever get on getting the best out of people and enduring the constant stress that comes with managing human beings. Simple, easy to use and inspiring. If you manage people, buy one. If you manage managers, buy a box. In a world of leadership books that may or may not apply to your situation – this book will hit you in the bullseye.”
Tim Sanders, author of Love Is The Killer App: How To Win Business and Influence Friends and former Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo!
“Ignited! is a groundbreaking leadership book that if followed will unleash any organizations most underutilized resource -- Middle Managers. Too long neglected and too often abused Vince Thompson lays out how to maximize these managers untapped potential and it is HUGE! If you need results and need an energized management team, Ignited! is the only book you need to read.”
Chester Elton co-author of the New York Times best-selling Invisible Employee
"Leading from the middle has always been a tough job. In today’s rapidly changing environment it’s even harder. With Ignited, Thompson takes managers right to the heart of their roles and shows them how they are uniquely positioned to energize their companies. Ignited promises more power, more purpose and more success and really delivers."
Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., Dean, The Graziadio School of Business and Management Pepperdine University
“What will make your career hot--or not--is whether you can inspire a burning desire for change and growth in the people around you. Vince Thompson shows how to do this to get the success you deserve.”
Keith Ferrazzi, bestselling author of Never Eat Alone and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight
"Thompson's the real deal and his book on Management stands out like none other. I'm recommending it to my team and encourage you to take his purpose filled advice and truly be Ignited!"
Alan Cohen, CMO TV Guide
"Anyone trying to navigate the treacherous shoals of today's middle management dilemma without this book does so at his or her own peril. Vince Thompson spells out in delicious detail how to stand apart from the crowd and actually get things done."
Granville Toogood, executive coach and author of The Articulate Executive--Learn to Look, Act and Sound like a Leader
"Ignited is just superb. Rich with terrific insights into the managers' dilemmas this book delivers on the promise for managers to become "Ignited", energized and passionate in their work. One of the experiences and recommendations so resonated with the current situation my friend is in that I pointed it out to him and now he’s reading the book as well! I’m certain I’ll be recommending this book for years to come."
Jan Sola, Ph.D., Associate Director, Executive Development Center, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
“If you want to get to the Top you’ve got to make meaningful contributions. With Ignited, Thompson provides a framework for purposeful and powerful action".
Jeffrey Fox, best selling author of How to Become CEO and How to Get to the Top: Business Lessons Learned at the Dinner Table
"Thanks to Vince Thompson we're reminded that we, Managers in the Middle, are not alone! With entertaining anecdotes, real life examples and solid research, you'll find Ignited really connects. You'll laugh, you'll cry and if you follow the advice you'll find yourself managing your career rather than being managed by it. This wonderful book is a must read for anyone in management."
Lisa Tichadou, Sales Training Manager, Employee Development, Los Angeles Times
More About the Author
Thompson has spent fifteen years as a middle manager leading teams in challenging industries and hotbeds for learning: first in restaurants, then in television, and now in the Internet business.
He spent seven years as Regional Vice President of Sales for America Online.
There, he designed AOL's sales training organization, managed teams in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dulles, VA; and served as Regional Vice President of AOL's Southwestern Region, where his teams led AOL's West Coast Entertainment and Auto relationships.
He is a featured online expert in the Quantum Training Series, has spoken widely on online advertising, and contributed to the Iowa Press textbook Media Selling.
Thompson holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communications, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and two daughters.
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Introduction - Living in Quake Country; Base Camp - The Ignited Quiz
Part 1 - Get More Power: Action with Traction; The Manager's Universe; Leadership in Limited Space; Managing Your Emotions; The Deadly Lack of Empowerment Trap
Part 2 - Get More Purpose: Ignition Point 1 - The Process; Ignition Point 2 - The People; Ignition Point 3 - The Message; Ignition Point 4 - The Landscape; Ignition Point 5 - The Strategy; Ignition Point 6 - The Story; Ignition Point 7 - The Spirit
Part 3 - Get More Success: Selling From The Fulcrum; Your Own Sense of Balance
The reason why people put themselves into "the middle" is to make a difference in the lives of their coworkers and the company in general. But it's not an easy road. Ignited starts with a quick quiz that will give you a general idea as to how your attitude plays out in relation to your job. Then the three parts of the book help you find your path to a more effective role in the company. Part 1 talks about general principles of management that might sound like common sense, but that often get lost in the midst of the battles. I really was struck by the effectiveness of the "universe mapping" exercise. It shows you who you are linked to in terms of your success.Read more ›
The research for this book included an online survey of over 100 in-depth interviews with middle managers from a variety of organizations including Gateway, ABC, Rawlings, Intel, Bank of America and others. The surveys revealed an underlying disconnect between many middle managers and the corporate goals and vision of the organizations they work for.
Ignited is written to motivate and inspire middle managers to realize that they can make a significant contribution to their organizations, careers and personal lives. Ignited is intended to offer a better solution to managers who struggle to perform well in the complexity of our modern business world. Thompson defines Ignition as "the coming rebirth of purpose and power that managers in The Middle can experience if they choose to make it happen."
This inspirational book is divided into three parts. Within these divisions are 14 chapters. Part 1 is entitled "Get More Power" and it offers some sound pointers for improving the personal perspective and basic thinking of managers. This of course leads to an improvement in behavior and decision-making.Read more ›
Ignited is an eminently practical book that lends itself to immediate use from word one. I recommend when you sit down to read the book that you have a highlighter pen, a number of bookmarks and some note paper-- this may not be formatted as a workbook, but you'll end up treating it as one and applying its advice as you progress through it.
The author, Vince Thompson, has many years in management and so writes from personal experience as well as education and research. His analyses, explanations, and suggestions all give you a sense of his having "been there" and confidence in his advice.
Thompson gives you a solid grounding in all the essentials of managing both up and down the organization and then shows how to leverage those essentials into formidable skills that ignite your management style, your organization, and your career. The essentials include understanding and applying the principles of networks and networking, team-building, access-gaining, self empowerment and leadership-- all from an uncommon perspective. He helps you learn to become a key (and highly effective) manager by harnessing the power of knowledge of organizational processes (what is done, when, why, how, and by whom) and people in or related to the organization (who does what, knows what, has what connections, has what power, etc.). He tells you why. He tells you exactly how. And, he provides clear and interesting examples and anecdotes to illustrate his points.
His own enthusiasm and excitement, paired with his knowledge-packed narrative, will ignite you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book gives you a great view from diffrent angles of Management. Alot of praxis to handle your environment. Read morePublished on February 23, 2011 by herby64
In a remarkably thorough and informative Introduction, Vince Thompson observes that managers in what he characterizes as "The Middle" are "the connective tissue in their... Read morePublished on June 12, 2007 by Robert Morris
Ignited has several good ideas to help a middle manager creatively navigate the corporate minefield. Read morePublished on May 14, 2007 by William M. Menger
Instead of going on and on about the same idea, Thompson introduces a new insight into challenges of management and provides actionable strategies on almost every page. Read morePublished on April 29, 2007 by Amazon Customer
Thompson's observations of middle management are accurately characterized and the suggestions are valuable. Many of the situations are those middle management encounters daily. Read morePublished on April 18, 2007 by David J. Bugatto
Who would have thought that there was a way to take the thankless, joyless and "between a rock, a hard place and the bottom line" position of manager and fuel it -- better yet,... Read morePublished on April 17, 2007 by Mark Goulston
You may not be a middle manager. You may think you know all you need about working with a team. But today is a new day. You live in "Quake Country" whether you know it or not. Read morePublished on April 16, 2007 by Quinton K. Peeples