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The Leadership Secrets of Squirrels [Kindle Edition]

Simon Silverback , Len Boswell , Robert Lorber
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Book Description

Imagine a book of leadership secrets by two recognized leaders, one a successful business executive, the other a legendary general. Now let your mind take a whimsical and innovative left turn, and you have:

The Leadership Secrets of Squirrels
More than 60 acorns of wisdom to make you a better leader—today!

Simon Silverback, founder and CEO of Consolidated Acorns, Inc., draws on his own experiences and the writings of a revered squirrel general to create a book whimsical in concept but serious in content. Each secret is based on squirrel behavior familiar to everyone worldwide:

14 Secrets on Crossing a Road
20 Secrets from the Nutground
10 Secrets at the Birdfeeder
4 Secrets from a Squirrel’s Tail
10 Secrets in the Trees
4 Secrets about Owls

Each secret in this unique book begins with a quotation by the general followed by a concise statement of (well-researched) squirrel behavior and how that translates to a leadership secret.

Simon Silverback is the pen name of Len Boswell, a publishing executive with more than 30 years experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds, who also served as “translator” for the book.

FROM THE FOREWORD, by Robert L. Lorber, coauthor of Putting the One-Minute Manager to Work.

I’ve been blessed to able to work with business leaders from all over the world. I’ve worked closely with hundreds of CEOs of corporations, senior business leaders at all levels, university leaders, a few country leaders, and community leaders, and most of them will love the fun concepts in this little book.

I know you are skeptical; there are thousands of books on leadership, and now one from a squirrel’s perspective? I was skeptical too at first. The manuscript was shoved under my door, no more than a loosely bound pile of leaves, with markings as curious and unintelligible as hieroglyphs, looking more like the work of a sudden gust of wind than the work of a leader and fellow mammal. But once translated, the book grew on me, as I hope it does on you. I love creative new ways at looking at how we can help become better leaders in all aspects of our lives.

A CAUTIONARY NOTE FROM SIMON SILVERBACK: Reading this book may seriously alter your views and beliefs about leadership and squirrels. In fact, once you’ve read this book, you will never look at leadership—or squirrels—in quite the same way again. Um, and you’ll be better for it.

Be the squirrel!

Product Details

  • File Size: 205 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041D8DKQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,219 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the authors concept! August 31, 2010
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You'll never see squirrels in quite the same light after reading Mr. Boswell's astute (and totally enjoyable) observations about the leadership traits of these furry little buggers. I think every company should give a copy to their employees - enough with old stuffy leadership books which all say the same thing, right? Bravo to Len Boswell - and the squirrels!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Witty Guide for Business and Life September 4, 2010
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"The Leadership Secrets of Squirrels" is not only a refreshing and witty guide to becoming a successful business leader, but also a fantastic motivational tool for life. I highly recommend this book to anyone facing challenges and difficult decisions. It is worth it's weight in gold!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leadership in Golden Nuggets June 4, 2013
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If you're looking for an alternative yet effective guide to leadership in very digestible chunks of wisdom, this is a great choice. Each chapter is just a couple of pages (almost like a Leadership Tip-of-the-Day) making it easy and enjoyable to flip back and forth between tips and apply them to your day or a current challenge. I worked with Len Boswell for more than 13 years, so I know his leadership secrets come from decades of hands-on experience and expertise. If you want chest-thumping, rah rah cliche's that we've heard a million times, you won't find it here. What you will find is an alternative, intellectual, genuine, and truly effective approach to leadership. You'll enjoy the wisdom and fun of Old Skugg that opens each chapter, too!

Golden Nuggets from the book that may not have heard before: Never let a consultant's vision replace yours; Leaders are sensitive to changing conditions and readily embrace change, even when it means giving up "nests" that have served them well; Things that come easily must be examined as intensely as things that come hard; Seeking excellence in all things, whether from people or from business operations, is a fool's game; Success is just another form of change--embrace it, for it is a rare commodity; Being a leader does not mean being above a situation, but being in a situation; Lead in areas you know, let others lead in areas you don't know.

Len was the VP of Publishing for the American Diabetes Association for 13 years and while no challenge was too big for him, there were no tasks that were too small, either. Many times I saw him get on his hands and knees in exhibit booths and unpack and pack books from boxes with the rest of us (usually after he had just attended an upper management team meeting with the organization's top leadership).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute & Funny December 28, 2013
By ShaSha
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Over the years, I've read many leadership books. I really enjoyed this one because it's a bit different. The author uses humor to offer leadership tidbits in a cute & fun way.
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