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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Dearborn Trade Publishing; 2nd edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 079318150X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793181506
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Manager’s Guide to Globalization

"What few books on this subject are today—simultaneously 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

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Greenfield on January 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Himsel has finally written a business book that can be ENJOYED! She has taken a rather boring subject(business)and wrapped it around with an exciting premise. This book is a MUST for anyone who is working today. Who doesn't want to become a better leader? Every leadership point is made very clear with great humor and wit. I especially liked the Charisma and Give it to my face chapters. After reading it I felt I am ready to lead my own business crew! Take my advice and get this book before everyone hears about it. Soon this book will be harder to find than Jimmy Hoffa! Thank you Ms. Himsel for writing a great book!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. O'Rourke on January 14, 2004
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At work, I often struggle when I have to confront my staff. I don't like it. Most leadership books would offer me some platitudes, but not this one. Ms. Himsel suggests that we steal a page from Tony Soprano and speak our minds without any B.S. If an employee lets you down, don't mince words and make sure that there are consequences. Ms. Himsel also offers some good advice for structuring interactions away from the workplace and pursuing goals with higher-ups. Using Tony Soprano as a leadership model takes a lot of guts, and it may not work for everyone, but this book gave me some laughs and some ideas.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AGPR on February 12, 2004
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Leadership Sopranos Style is an insightful, entertaining and provocative book. It provides real-life examples (although based on a fictional character) of how we can strive to become more effective leaders. My greatest learning is that direct and honest feedback will generate greater results for me, my direct reports and my company in the long term. I think one of the greatest challenges in today's organizations is communications (or lack thereof) and Ms. Himsel's techniques and very practical examples will support me in working more effectively with my teams. Thank you for providing new insights on this age-old topic of leadership. It has certainly opened my mind.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brad Lawrence on December 1, 2003
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I just picked this up and WOW, what a great read! I bought it because I am a huge fan of the show and liked the twist on serious leadership (I'm a business book junkie). Out of all the leadership books I've read in the past, this ranks right up there with some of the best. It is easy to read thanks to the connection to the Soprano's tv show, and gives some really great tips and lessons to use in everyday life. You won't be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 2004
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WOW!!! Who else but Big Tony could teach us such lessons? By paying attention to Ms. Himsel's expert interpretation of Tony's style we learn to: BE STRAIGHT --"Look 'em in the eye and tell 'em why"; ENTER A ROOM LIKE YOU OWN IT: and, best of all, DON'T PLAY THE PART--Tony's leadership aha is "The best leaders are genuine human beings first and smart business people second."
I am so impressed with the fresh approach provided in this book that I've started changing MY style. Watch out Tony!!!
Chris Estrinada---retail sales
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "jassy51" on February 21, 2004
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I thought this was a great book! It was well written, structured to facilitate understanding, and chocked with ways to apply what I learned along the way. As a fledgling manager, I know I have a lot to learn. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see how easy it was to apply the principles Ms. Himsel set forth. It was also good to know that she had used them successfully with her people. Much more real than theory. Thanks much!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sarah M. Brenner on February 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most entertaining - and insightful - management books I've read in a long time. I've always been a devotee of the show and as a result of this book, I don't think I'll ever watch it the same way again. Without excusing Tony's amoral behavior, Ms. Himsel manages to make an extremely compelling argument for his effectiveness as a business leader. Unlike what you might think, beyond the gimmick, there is a lot of useful and thoughtful advice here, supplemented by the author's own considerable experience first as a Director of Strategy and Training and Pfizer and currently as the VP of Organizational Development at Avon Products, Inc. This level of credibility on the part of the author is truly what sets this Sopranos management book above the competition.
I recommend this for leaders at all levels of an organization as I look forward to another season of the Sopranos on HBO. I'll definitely be taking notes on Tony's leadership style.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Eagle on February 21, 2004
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How many books can change your life? This one could. As I read it, I saw myself interacting with those 'on the job' and looked at how I could change and improve those interactions. Ms. Himsel gives down-to-earth factual ways to put the positive things Tony does into action. She doesn't pull punches in 'gimme it to my face'. What a great concept.
The quizes and case examples are helpful. However, the whole is greater than the parts. What a gift!
I looked her up on the Internet and found that she is 'the real deal'. She's been doing this for awhile and it shows. I feel as if I've had her whole leadership development training. What a deal!
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