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About the Author

MAX DePREE is the author of Leadership Is an Art. He was CEO and chairman of the board of directors of Herman Miller Inc., and was recently elected by Fortune to the National Business Hall of Fame.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; Reprint edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038552630X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385526302
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Calhoun on August 7, 2009
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Reading the first edition of this fine book over a decade ago left an indelible impression on me, and I'm deeply grateful to the author for sharing his insights. After getting this updated version, I can say it's "needed now more than ever", for all of us in leadership roles... whether it be small business owners/entreprenuers, managers or parents -- this is an ideal book for everyone who seeks to influence and lead others.

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.

Ken
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This isn't a book full of practical ideas. It's a book of philosophy about leadership. Max provides a lot of one-liners and full paragraphs that are full of good philosophy as you, as a leader, develop or refine your own personal style of leaders.

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.
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In Max DePree's book, the leadership lessons are like jazz music--timeless. I read the book back in the 90s and thoroughly enjoyed it. I gave it to a nephew who is an accomplished high-school band instructor. He'll be a better person and professional by scrimmaging with, and applying some of the many lessons that Mr. DePree presents. And his students will be the benefactors! Before I mailed the book, I re-read the final chapter. I was inspired as I read it and was proven correct in having selected it. A short and powerful read!
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People are the most important asset in the organization. The author presents a clear model for the leading the staff to higher levels of achievement.
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Excellent book that brings humanity back into the sphere of leadership and management. Reading it made me a better Manager.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Ratcliff on May 8, 2013
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While the author writes well, and his stories are entertaining and often inspiring, don't come to this book expecting a sustained argument. The jazz metaphor of structure and improvisation that lends the book its title shows up briefly at the beginning, never to reappear. each chapter is disconnected from the next, and no chapter addresses a single topic throughout. "Leadership Tidbits from Max DePree" would have been a more apt title for the book. It's not bad stuff, but it isn't what I look for in a nonfiction book.
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