From Publishers Weekly
In an era when good leadership is scarce, the unenlightened should look not to their politicians, teachers, clergy or family members, but to the one and only Tony Soprano, the infamous New Jersey-based Mafioso of the television series that shares his name. Or so says Himsel, a corporate executive specializing in teaching and studying corporate management, who here paints a picture of a leader who, while not particularly law-abiding or conventional, knows how to get the job done. When it comes to the illegal, distasteful line of work Tony is in, Himsel asks readers to look the other way and suspend disbelief in the name of learning effective management techniques: Tony Soprano's illegal deals become diversifying revenue streams in Himsel's hand; stock schemes, housing scams and kickbacks can be seen as ongoing lines of business; and instead of whacking someone, Himsel suggests eliminating the competition. Those who are intrigued by these suggestions will be treated to a well-researched and documented management how-to that does have something new to offer Tony fans and nonfans alike (be sure to check out the Soprano Family Business Plan) and that could, as well, teach MBAs "a thing or two about leadership." While using the typical management buzzwords-networking, strategizing, delegating, executing-that generally lead to the eyes glazing over, Himsel manages to inject some newness into the business-as-usual theorizing that tends to characterize the many tell-don't-show works already out there.
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"I will watch The Sopranos with a very different ear and eye from this day forward." -- Lisa Berman, President and CEO, The Picture People, a division of Hallmark
"Leadership Soprano's Style provides terrific analysis and suggestions. [Himsel's] expertise provides real-world ideas that can be easily implemented." -- Link and Learn, February 2004
"Leadership Sopranos Style is a fun book. You will enjoy it. Many of the tips will be helpful to you." -- Ram Charan Author of What the CEO Wants You to Know: How Your Company Really Works Coauthor of the bestselling book Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
"Leadership Sopranos Style is a home run! The author knows business, knows leaders, and knows how to engage her audience." -- Jean-Pierre Decosterd, President/Ceo Foods Division, The Americas Quest International
"This is a unique and brilliant way to look at leadership. -- Stephen H. Rhinesmith, CDR International Author of A Managers Guide to Globalization
"What few books on this subject are todaysimultaneously accessible, insightful and instructive. A great addition to the literature on leadership." -- Janet Spencer, Ph.D., Partner, Head of International Operations, Mercer Delta Consulting, LLC Coauthor, Executive Teams