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Consultant Clemmer (Firing on All Cylinders: The Service-Quality System for High-Powered Corporate Performance, Irwin, 1992) identifies and describes successful strategies for individuals who are "trying to initiate and guide change and improvement in a team, business or organization." Each chapter focuses on topics such as self-leadership, innovation and organizational learning, and reward and recognition. Most end with a Pathways and Pitfalls section, where Clemmer visits several dos and don'ts for the individual and the organization. The introduction warns that most of the author's ideas are not new; his purpose is to explore ideas that have worked. Clemmer avoids oversimplification and delivers a practical, funny, and sometimes inspiring book. Recommended for popular business collections.?Mark McCullough, Heterick Lib., Ohio Northern Univ., Ada
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...successfully weaves together the high-performance rope out of the strands of organization improvement, leadership development, and personal effectiveness. -- Scott DeGarmo, Editor in Chief and Publisher, Success Magazine

A must read for any leader or aspiring leader. It will inspire and instruct you to be a change agent. -- Ken Blanchard, Co-author, The One Minute Manager

Cuts through the rhetoric of theoretical concepts to navigate the business leader on his journey to high performance. -- Roger Staubach, Chairman and CEO, The Staubach Company

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: TCG Press (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894933583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894933582
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,471,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim first experienced the transformational power of the personal growth and leadership principles that have since shaped his life and career - and form the key themes of his books - in a straight-commission sales job at Culligan Water Conditioning when he was 18. Applying these principles led to a meteoric rise into supervisory, coaching, and training roles.

In 1981 Jim co-founded and led The Achieve Group to become a major training and consulting company. Both were purchased by Times Mirror and merged with California-based Zenger Miller, Learning International, and Kaset, to form AchieveGlobal. In the past few decades, he's delivered over two thousand highly acclaimed keynote presentations, workshops, and retreats, as well as consulted to and coached executive teams in hundreds of major companies, the public sector, universities, family businesses, and healthcare organizations. This has been a rich source of experiences, perspectives, and practical applications for his writing.

Jim's books have sold nearly 400,000 copies in dozens of languages. He holds the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. This is the highest earned designation in professional speaking awarded by the International Federation for Professional Speakers. Jim is also a Practitioner in Residence for the masters (MASc) and doctoral (PhD) students in the University of Waterloo's Industrial/Organizational Psychology program.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julie Gil on October 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. It helped put leadership into perspective -- the fact that in order to change or influence an organization, I need to change myself. I appreciated Clemmer's ideas around working at becoming a better leader ("leaders are made, not born"), and the importance of continued, continuous learning. It is an easy read, with humor, lots of quotations, examples, and simple suggestions to begin *being* a better leader in all aspects of your life. It has made me stop, reflect, and write notes about what I am going to do to incorporate some of these ideas into my life. The idea of "victimitis" and recognizing the "Catch 22" of the poor-me syndrome was particularly pertinent. This book covers the entire spectrum of home life and career, which is why I find it so helpful -- many management books don't concentrate enough on the improving all aspects of life. It especially hits home the need for the leader to establish his/her own personal values and direction and to lead by example. I've purchased copies for people close to me that I'm sure will find value in this book.
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I highly recommend this wonderful book as an inspiring companion to Gil Amelio's 'Proft for Experience: The National Semi-Conductor Story of Transformation Management', which I have reviewed earlier. Both books were published around the mid-nineties, but the relevancy & practicality of their lessons & insights have not faded.

It draws its intellectual cues from three principal strands of high performance: organisational, leadership & personal effectiveness. In some way, it builds on the author's two earlier books, 'The VIP Strategy: Leadership Skills for Exceptional Performance' & 'Firing on All Six Cylinders'. I have read the latter book, which has a primary focus on service/quality improvement.

What I like about this book is the author's introductory premise: Before you try to change anyone else, you have got to change yourself. Self-leadership is at the heart of effectively leading others. Self-improvement is the beginning point to team or organisational improvement. The author is also candid about his book: Many of the principles & insights are not new. In fact, they have been with us for decades, if not centuries. But we continually need to rediscover them for ourselves; repackage them for our times; & to make them relevant for today. The author is obviously driven by what works. He argues that, when dealing with personal & people issues, the fundamentals of what works have remained fairly constant through the years.

Additionally, I also like the presentation format of the book: each chapter starts with a 'Pathways' section, covering success strategies that really work, but also ends with a 'Pitfalls' section, where the author visits several Do's and Don't's for the individual as well as for the organization.
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By A Customer on October 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"Pathways to Performance" provides a valued sense of direction and reference for those struggling to behave differently and lead more effectively. Jim pulls together the many facets of leadership and management and shows how they fit to make the whole. It will become a guide for all our Team Leader/Managers.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
In "Pathways to Performance," Jim Clemmer provides readers with an inspirational guide that will help anyone improve leadership abilities. It is clear that by following these pathways, great personal benefits will follow. And, of course, I loved the humor!
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