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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 2nd Revised edition (April 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605098752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605098753
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blanchard, co-author of the bestselling One Minute Manager series, and consultant Stoner use a parable to convey the importance of vision to a company's success. Ellie has just returned to her job at an insurance company after an unpleasant divorce. She's startled by the e-mail messages the company's new president, Jim, sends to all employees. They're honest, upbeat and filled with personal anecdotes. One morning, Ellie gets to the office early and joins the only other person there-Jim-for coffee. Their first conversation is the start of a long and productive friendship. Jim encourages Ellie to think about herself and her career, while she helps him create a vision and plan for changes at the company. This story takes up the bulk of the book, as Blanchard and Stoner incorporate Jim and Ellie's discussions of vision (which includes recognizing your purpose and values and having a firm picture of the future) into the parable. Although the book rarely breaks from Jim and Ellie to offer general counsel, the authors' simple, straightforward writing style makes their advice obvious.
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"This engaging story is full of practical advice that you'll be able to apply immediately. It's essential reading for any leader who needs to answer the question, 'Where are we going?' Come to think of it, that would be all of us!
- Jim Kouzes, coauthor The Leadership Challenge and The Truth About Leadership

"In the past I've shared this book with friends and coaching peers alike and continue to do so in order to share the wisdom and effective guidance that Ken and Jesse provide on each and every page."
- John Calipari, Head Coach, University of Kentucky Men's Basketball

"The clearest, the most cogent statement I've read that gives meaning and life to vision. Even Dilbert will get it!"
- Warren Bennis, On Becoming a Leader

"To me a clear vision answers the question, 'What mountain do we want to climb?' Full Steam Ahead! is a wonderful guidebook that will not only help you find your mountain but give you all the road maps and tools you'll need to make it to the top. Highly recommended!"
- Garry Ridge, CEO WD-40 Company


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Great book that is very easy to read and follow with clear examples on what the author is trying to communicate .
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This book is about more than how to create a compelling vision.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Wright on April 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you're like me, and have spent countless hours in countless meetings trying to develop a "vision statement" for your organization without ever really getting to the point, then this book is for you. Blanchard (The One Minute Manager) and Stoner have skillfully crafted an allegorical tale of Jim and Ellie, one a successful but uninspired business owner, and the other a recently-hired employee who serves as a sounding board and confidant. In their conversations, Jim confides to Ellie that running the insurance company his father created just isn't all that exciting anymore. Notes Jim: "When my father was president, everything here was full steam ahead." He goes on to say that his father really inspired the employees - they felt like they were doing important things at work, and there was real joy in the agency then. When Ellie asks whether "full steam ahead" means being reckless, or moving ahead blindly in the face of danger, Jim responds, "No, I think it's the opposite. It means having vision - being so clear about your purpose, so committed to it, and so sure about your ability to accomplish it, that you move ahead decisively despite any obstacles." This characterizes the tone and sentiment of the book - discovering the ability to unleash transformative power by developing a clear vision of where you want to take your organization and your personal life.
The authors delineate the three elements of a successful vision: significant purpose, clear values, and a picture of the future. This last element, what the future will look like, resonated especially strongly for me as I read the book- the idea that you know you're on the right path when you can see a clear picture of what it's going to look like when you reach your goal.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Jacobs on April 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It's an excellent distillation of the most essential elements of creating and living a vision. Don't let the size fool you. It's a fabulous example of an easy-to-read and equally important easy-to-apply book. This is the second edition of Blanchard and Stoner's book on Vision -- chock full of new material, thinking and value. Fuzzy, lifeless visions plague too many organizations. People let "life happen to them." Full Steam Ahead is the antidote to both maladies. Define your vision. Unleash the power of it -- in your organization, life, family. I've bought copies of the book for my team mates, wife and kids. Get a copy. Sit back and begin creating your preferred future. Full Steam Ahead is a great guide to help light the way.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BePreparedForTheSoonReturn on March 18, 2011
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This book is great at demystifying the "Vision" thing and the process to get a team to understand and implement a strong team approach to accomplishing goals.

I further recommend Power Up by David L. Bradford and Allen R. Cohen for a practical step-by-step approach to a team culture that can be empowering at all levels of an organization.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on November 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A book about vision ordinarily wouldn't be the first thing I'd pick
up to read . . . yet I'm glad I made an exception for FULL STEAM
AHEAD!, an engaging story by Ken
Blanchard and Jesse Stoner about two people struggling to
find direction for the company where they work and for their
own lives.
Blanchard's THE ONE MINUTE MANAGER, written along
with Spencer Johnson, has always been one of my favorite
business books . . . this one follows that format; i.e, present
a tale with believable characters and have them ponder
something important . . . when they do so, then let the reader
discover a number of important principles that will help him or
her grow as an employee or employer . . . and human being.
By reading FULL STEAM AHEAD!, you'll learn the three
elements of a compelling vision: significant purpose, clear values
and a picture of the future . . . perhaps more importantly, you'll
also discover how to ensure that the vision comes alive through
understanding the principles of how it is created, how it
is communicated and how it is lived.
My only regret is that I did not learn the above earlier in my life!
Several of the book's passages stood out for me, including these:
* "If I had been clear about my vision of if Doug and I had shared a
vision, we could have talked about what we were doing that was
consistent with our vision and where we were off track. Maybe we
could have fixed things early on before they became irreparable."
* I continued. "I grew up in Michigan, so I'm very aware of the
automotive industry. I was impressed with their rallying call
'Quality is job one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There are many qualities that make a successful leader, but the first and foremost is having a vision, not a delusion. A vision must be both metaconcept, essentially unattainable in reality, and yet feasible, for even achieving a level close to compliance will be a significant and positive event. For, as the subtitle indicates, much of the power in a vision is having one and striving to achieve it.
One main character is a woman named Ellie that went through a divorce and took the immediate security of a job at an insurance agency. While the company is a good one, it is not her "dream position" by any means. The company president is a man named Jim, and he sends out a voicemail to the employees nearly every morning. Soon, Ellie meets Jim face-to-face and that begins a friendship that lasts for years and helped Ellie expand her thoughts and ambitions until she was able to leave the company and strike out on her own. There was no romance involved, although Ellie had a few minor notions until she learned that Jim was married.
Their focus in their meetings was about the power and value of a quality vision for both companies and individuals. An excellent vision that is achievable and remains a beacon to strive towards is something the power of which cannot be overstated. Jim and Ellie talk in great detail about vision and the rudder of stability that it can provide. This is a book that all managers should read, for it is about how to manage people, a skill that seems to be sorely lacking at almost any point in the historical stream of human history.
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