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Leadership Jazz - Revised Edition: The Essential Elements of a Great Leader Paperback – November 4, 2008
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The values of making and keeping promises, of setting the tone for expecations and so much more, are finely articulated in this sensational (and surprisingly easy-to-read) book, that makes such an impact. Bravo for a truly fine work -- and many thanks.
For example, he makes this statement "when you ask someone to do something, make sure you wait for an answer". That is a loaded statement as it implies that even in the workplace, people should have a certain amount of choice, and leaders should treat their employees with respect. for their agency But this does not mean his philosophy is wishy-washy -- his philosophy is one that is characterized by respect but also expectations as his ideas on accountability later in the book attest.
Yet another comment he makes "Delegation takes discipline" is loaded with meaning. He doesn't describe what he means by this, but my own experience shows that it takes discipline to delegate, and then let the person deliver on their promise in their own way Leaders must avoid getting involved or taking over before the person has given the delegation their best "shot" Delegation also requires significant discipline and work in preparing for the delegation to identify the right person, think through the desired outcome, identify training, support and resources the person might need. All that comes to mind from a single statement in this book.
I am a professor of business and have been teaching management for 20 years. I know this book is something students read in management classes, but if you are a philosophical person, who wants to think deeply about the philosophy of leaders that Max portrays, this will be a book that you read over and over again. I have read it several times.Read more ›
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Had to buy it for school. I'm sure it's great advice if you are the CEO of a furniture company like the author. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This was a book for school. Not a book I would have chosen to read on my own, however it was an easy read and I did enjoy some parts of it.Published on October 3, 2013 by Babyruth0101
Really gives you the basis for a leader. And is very inspiring. It is perfect for the class I am in.Published on September 27, 2013 by Kate pizz
While the author writes well, and his stories are entertaining and often inspiring, don't come to this book expecting a sustained argument. Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by R. Ratcliff
If you're interested in jazz and leadership and the connections between these disparate topics don't read this book. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Thomas J Pavlesich